Cinemalaya Filmfest pays tribute to O'Hara

July 14, 2012 5:27 am 

By Lily O. Ramos

MANILA, July 13 –Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival will play tribute to multi-talented actor, screenwriter and director Mario O'Hara who died last June 26.

One of O'Hara's best films, "Babae sa Breakwater" will usher in this year's 7:30 p.m. Cinemalaya Filmfest and Competition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines'(CCP) Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

Independently produced by Entertainment Warehouse, Inc.,“Babae Sa Breakwater” tells of the life of Manila’s vagabonds who make the breakwater along Roxas Boulevard their home.

Movie and theater actors and actresses who shared stellar roles are Gardo Versoza, Amy Austria, Lou Veloso, Lucita Soriano, Alchris Galura, Jonard Lomangaya, Ian Valdez and two young lead stars Katherine Luna and Kristoffer King.

"Babae sa Breakwater" was the second Filipino film invited for screening during the Directors Forthnight in 2004 at the Cannes International Filmfest in France.

The first film to be screened some 20 years ago was "Insiang"–directed by another famous Filipino director, the quintessential Lino Brocka.

Cinemalaya will run "Babae" from July 20 to 29 at the CCP and July 21 to 29 at Greenbelt and Trinoma. Twenty five new digital films will compete for honors on July 20 to 29 at the CCP, Greenbelt 3 Makati and Trinoma Quezon City. Cinemalaya will feature about 60 films on exhibition with 25 in competition–featuring a variety of sections, namely the NCCA Premieres, Ani, Cinemalaya Documentaries focus on Early Indies and a special Retrospective on Mario O’Hara’s works as actor, writer and director.

This year, highlights will include a retrospective of vintage and rare Filipino film ads in the collection of art patron Danny Dolor.

The Cinemalaya Film Congress is a major part of the Festival. This year also features guest resource person Ralph Guggenheim of Pixar Studios.

Now on its eighth year, Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Film Development Council of the Philippines and Econolink Investments, Inc.

It is an all-digital film festival that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

Inquiries should be coursed through the CCP Film Office 832-1125 local 1704/05 and the CCP box office at 832-3704. (PNA) CTB/LOR

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