Cinemanila Honors Dolphy with International Award

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Cinemanila Honors Dolphy with International Award


JUST A THOUGHT: Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others. - Winston Churchill* * *MANILA, Philippines - DOLPHY AWARD: Another international award awaits Dolphy when the 12th Cinemanila International Film Festival formally opens Dec. 1 at Robinsons Galleria.The Comedy King has been picked to receive Cinemanila's Lifetime Achievement Award, an award previously presented to screenwriter Paul Schrader in 2009, film director Quintin Tarantino in 2007, among other names in international cinema.Cinemanila founder Tikoy Aguiluz announced that the award will be presented to Dolphy before the screening of the opening film, "Pinoy Sunday," a foreign film which stars Dolphy's son, Epy Quizon, Bayani Agbayani, Meryl Soriano and Alessandra De Rossi.A few weeks ago, the 82-year-old Dolphy was similarly honored with the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart by Pres. Benigno Aquino III in Malacanang. Many viewed the recognition as a step closer to becoming a National Artist.In 2001, Dolphy received his first international award at the Brussels International Independent Film Festival for playing the title role in "Markova."* * *OPENING, CLOSING: Aguiluz says Cinemanila's opening and closing films this year are both foreign films using Filipino actors."Pinoy Sunday" is a film about Filipinos working in Taiwan by the Malaysian director Wi Ding Ho. The director reportedly was inspired to do the film after seeing how Filipinos seemed to enjoy their life abroad despite hardships starting from their cramped dwellings.Bayani Agbayani recalled how, after having stayed in Taiwan for a month, he felt like an OFW who has become familiar with chores like going to market and cooking meals."Pinoy Sunday" won the Industry Award for Narrative Feature at the 2010 Taipei International Film Festival.The award-winning film tells the story of Manuel (Epi Quizon) and Dado (Bayani Agbayani), two Filipino OFWs in Taiwan who discover a discarded sofa one Pinoy Sunday in Taipei. This transforms their normal Sunday into a tale of adventure, perseverance and self-discovery.The jury cited the director for his sense of humor and a lightness of touch in spite of the film's darker themes of difficult labor relations and emotional isolation. According to the jury, "This is a magic realistic film in which the yearnings for the homeland of the immigrant workers are expressed in a fantastic and imaginative way. A film with vivid and brilliant performances of the two actors.

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