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HAU film gets A grade from evaluation board

The Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) has given the Kapampangan film "Ari: My Life With A King" the highest rating of A for exceptional quality, this was announced by Holy Angel University, producer of said film.

The CEB is the national government's film evaluation body that grades films based on quality of directing, screenplay, acting, editing, cinematography, production design, sound and music scoring. Films rated A are rewarded with a 100% rebate on amusement taxes, while films with B rating get 50% rebate.

The film will be shown on Dec. 17-24 as one of the five finalists in the Metro-Manila Film Festival (MMFF) New Wave. The awards night is scheduled on December 27.

In a related development, "Ari: My Life With A King" was rated G (General Patronage) by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), which means viewers of all ages will be admitted in theatres showing the film.

The CEB, which has 31 members from the movie industry, academe, arts and other sectors, was created in 2003 through R.A. 9167 to encourage Filipino filmmakers to produce more quality films and increase the international marketability of Philippine cinema. The first movie to be rated by CEB was "Magnifico," which got a rating of B.

The MTRCB, on the other hand, is composed of 32 members. Films are classified either as G (General Patronage), PG (Parental Guidance), R-13 (admission only for 13 years old and above), R-16 (16 years old and above), R-18 (18 years old above) and X (not suitable for public exhibition).

"Ari: My Life With A King" was recently named Best World Film at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York and won the Best Debut Director award at the All Lights India International Film Festival.

HAU student Carlo Enciso Catu directed the film based on the screenplay of HAU administrator Robby Tantingco. Its cast is composed on HAU students, employees and alumni as well as Kapampangan poets and professionals, including poet laureate Francisco Guinto, Ronwaldo Martin, Cecile Yumul, Chloe Carpio, Jonalyn Ablong, poets laureate Eufrocina Peña, Felix Garcia and Policarpio Batac.

The film's production staff includes cinematographer Carlo Mendoza, editor Carlo Manatad, production designer Alex Castro, sound engineer Gilbert Obispo, musical scorer Jake Abella, line producer Myra Paz Lopez, production manager Jennifer Cimagala and assistant director Tin Velasco.

HAU alumnus Ferdinand Lapuz produced the movie for his alma mater. The University’s former Acting President Engr. Geromin T. Nepomuceno, Jr. and VP for Finance Jocelyn Aniceto are the film’s executive producers.

Date Posted: 12-14-2015