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Offender pleases Cinemanila

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By Stephen Cremin

Sun, 09 December 2012, 16:50 PM (HKT)

Awards News

South Korean drama Juvenile Offender 범죄소년 (2012) won the Lino Brocka Grand Prize at the 14th Cinemanila International Film Festival (5-11 Dec 2012) on Saturday night.

The tale of a wayward teenager who reunites with his young mother also secured the best actor prize for SEO Yeong-ju 서영주 | 徐榮柱 (pictured). Seo previously won acting honours for the role at the Tokyo International Film Festival 東京国際映画祭.

James LEE 李添興's Kuala Lumpur-set indie drama If It's Not Now Then When? (2011) about a dysfunctional family was awarded the Grand Jury Prize. The film premiered at the Busan International Film Festival 부산국제영화제 in October

The best director prize was shared between Mexico's Carlos Reygadas for Post Tenebras Lux and Thailand's Nawapol THAMRONGRATTANARIT นวพล ธำรงรัตนฤทธิ์ for 36 (2012). The latter is the festival's official closing film.

At the parallel Digital Lokal awards, The Obscured Histories and Silent Longings of Daguluan's Children (2012) won the Grand Prize and best director for Gutierrez "Teng" MANGANSAKAN II. Arnel MARDOQUIO's The Journey of Stars into the Night Ang paglalakbay ng mga bituin sa gabing madilim (2012) won the jury prize.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Sahamongkolfilm International Co Ltd สหมงคลฟิล์ม อินเตอร์เนชั่นแนล, Sergio Leone, Marilou DIAZ-ABAYA, Celso Ad. CASTILLO. The festival screened two films by Diaz-Abaya who died in October.

Sakamongkolfilm received an unofficial tribute in the festival's Very Thai section made up of five films that they financed including The Love of Siam รักแห่งสยาม (2007), Jan Dara: The Beginning จันดารา ปฐมบท (2012) and Distortion คน-โลก-จิต (2012).

Other highlights of the festival include a rare screening of Lav DIAZ's five-hour Batang West Side (2001) and the world premiere of Mario O'HARA's lost film Stray Cat Pusang gala (2001).

The festival, hosted in Metro Manila's Taguig City, opened with MATSUE Tetsuaki 松江哲明's Flashback Memories 3D フラッシュバックメモリーズ 3D (2012), also in competition, and Aki KAURISMÄKI's Le Havre (2011).

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