Portugal honors Lino Brocka

Published July 21, 2021, 7:00 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Philippine Embassy co-hosts Lisbon premiere of Bayan Ko: Kapit Sa Patalim at the Cinemateca Portuguesa

GRIPPING UNTO A BLADE Among the films screened at the Carta Blanca was This Is My Country (Bayan ko: Kapit sa Patalim)

As part of Mes Filipino sa Lisboa, the yearly month-long celebration of Philippine Independence by the Philippine Embassy in Lisbon, the Embassy, in collaboration with the Cinemateca Portuguesa, co-hosted the Lisbon premiere of the 1984 Lino Brocka classic film, Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim late last month at the Manuel Félix Ribeiro Hall of the Cinemateca Portuguesa.

This Lino Brocka classic film was one of the 21 films which comprised the Cinemateca’s June film cycle, entitled Carta Branca (Carte Blanche) curated by the highly respected Portuguese film and music critic, Augusto Seabra. 

‘The Lisbon premiere of one of Lino Brocka’s classic films was another way to show the brilliance of the Filipino as an artist, one dedicated to his craft, whose expertise in the field of film has reached out to audiences beyond the Philippines, even 30 years after his death.’

Seabra chose 21 films from different countries, which featured five countries from Asia, including the Philippines. Known for being an avid admirer of Asian films, he became a friend of Lino Brocka in the course of his career as a film critic, having the highest esteem for his Filipino director friend all throughout the years.

MY MOTHERLAND ON A RAZOR EDGE Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna M. Feria delivers her short remarks during the film screening at Cinemateca Portuguesa. (Lisbon PE photo)

“The Lisbon premiere of one of Lino Brocka’s classic films was another way to show the brilliance of the Filipino as an artist, one dedicated to his craft, whose expertise in the field of film has reached out to audiences beyond the Philippines, even 30 years after his death,” according to Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna M. Feria.

The Philippine Embassy continues to forge stronger cultural and people-to-people ties between the Philippines and Portugal through the medium of films. In addition, it provided the Portuguese and general public the opportunity to experience the technical and artistic sophistication of the Philippine film industry.

https://www.lisbonpe.dfa.gov.ph or https://www.facebook.com/PHLinPortugal/.

 
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