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HAU film 'Ari' wins more awards

Ari: My Life with a King, the award-winning indie film produced by Holy Angel University, continues to gain recognition here and abroad.

Its director, Carlo Enciso Catu, was named Talented New Director last February 26 at the London International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema. Catu, who was still an HAU student when he directed the film last year, earlier won Best Debut Film Director at the All Lights India International Film Festival in Kochi, India.

Catu is also nominated for best director in the annual Gawad Pasado, given by the Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro, a group of academics based in the University of the East (UE). He is up against Brillante Mendoza, Elwood Perez, Jerrold Tarog, Erik Matti and other established filmmakers.

The film itself is nominated for best picture, along with Heneral Luna, Taklub, Honor Thy Father and other acclaimed films last year. It is already assured of one special award, Pinakapasadong Pelikula sa Paggamit ng Wika at Kamalayang Pangkultura. Awarding will be held next month during a national conference on language, literature and film at UE.

Last month, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) gave the HAU film two Ani ng Dangal awards, one for director Catu for his victory in India, and another for the film’s producer, Holy Angel University, for the Best World Film award at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York last year. The annual Ani ng Dangal awards are given to artists and organizations for giving honor to the country with their international awards.

Also last month, the Angeles City government gave HAU two Pupul ning Banua awards, the local counterpart of the NCCA recognition. One trophy went to the University for producing the film, and another to the film's scriptwriter, Robby Tantingco, for winning Best Screenplay in the Metro-Manila Film Festival (MMFF) New Wave Section last December.

The same festival gave Ari: My Life with a King three more trophies: Best Film, Best Actor (Francisco Guinto) and Manila Bulletin Best Picture.

The Kapampangan-language film was recently shown in UP Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University, as well as in Vancouver and Chicago as an official entry in their international film festivals.

Date Posted: 03-06-2016