Real Filipino-Italian Exchange in Moviemov

Actress Vanessa Gravina, The Godmother of Moviemov and Xian Lim. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Actress Vanessa Gravina, The Godmother of Moviemov and Xian Lim. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Now on its second year the Moviemov film festival shows the growing cooperation between the Philippines and Italy. It ran from December 4-9, 2012 at Greenbelt 3. Italian actors flew in along with their films that screened in the fest: Andrea Bosca (Magnifica Presenza ), Salvatore Striano (Cesare Deve Morire- Caesar Must Die!), Alessio Gallo (L’Intervallo-The Interval) and Davide Iacopini (Diaz). Vanessa Gravina was touted as The Godmother of Moviemov by Artistic Director Senator Goffredo Bettini.

Piolo Pascual at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Piolo Pascual at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Salvatore Striano (Cesare Deve Morire) gives Natl Artist for Literature Virgie Moreno a kiss. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Salvatore Striano (Cesare Deve Morire) gives Chevalier Virgie Moreno a kiss. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Not to be out done Pinoy Heart throbs were also in attendance: Piolo Pascual, Maja Salvador, Matteo Guidicelli, Sam Milby, Xian Lim, Denise Laurel, Maricar Reyes, Kuya Manzano, Maxine Mamba of TV5’s ‘Moneydrop’, Tessa Prieto Valdes, Gwendolyn Ruais, Priscilla Meirelles, Ginger Conejero, Director Arnel Mardoquio, Fe Gingging Hyde and many more.

from left: Maricar Reyes, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador, Denise Laurel and Sam Milby. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Maricar Reyes, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador, Denise Laurel and Sam Milby. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

FDCP Chair Briccio Santos and Moviemov Godmother Vanessa Gravina. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

FDCP Chair Briccio Santos and Moviemov Godmother Vanessa Gravina. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

FDCP (Film Development Council of the Phil) Chairman Briccio Santos was able to talk about the exchange of films in his speech, “The festival features some of the best films in contemporary Italian cinema from Giuliano Montaldo’s emotionally chilling “The Entreprenuer” to the intimate adolescence felt in Leonardo di Costanzo’s “The Interval” and from Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s moving tragedy “Qiyamah” to the revolutionary “Deakda 70”, this festival promises the most engaging works by Italian and Filipino filmmakers today. And tonight we are graced by some of these fine filmmakers, actors and actresses from both shores.”

2nd from right: Senator Goffredo Bettini Moviemov Artistic Dir with Sheika actors from left: Perry Dizon, Fe Gingging Hyde (actor/producer), Arnel Mardoquio (director), and Chevalier Virgie Moreno. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sam Milby and Denise Laurel. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sam Milby and Denise Laurel. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari said that the fest is not just for viewing but a learning experience where people exchange ideas, “If you’ve never heard of the Spaghetti Western this is the best opportunity to deepen your knowledge on that. For young filmmakers, it may start a new Filipino movie genre like Adobo Horror? In other words we want to show you not only nice Italian movies but also the way we Italians conceive cinema. Not just as a pleasure or entertainment but above all as another way to reflect on our time and our society.”

(Center) Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari (white tux) sitting on a fully restored Vespa PX150 with Vespa Club of the Philippines Members L-R Mark Laccay, 2012 Club President Dax Morfe, Patrick Pulumbarit, Cesar Dizon, 2012 Club P.R.O. Jason Tobillo. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

(Center) Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari (white tux) sitting on a fully restored Vespa PX150 with Vespa Club of the Philippines Members L-R Mark Laccay, 2012 Club President Dax Morfe, Patrick Pulumbarit, Cesar Dizon, 2012 Club P.R.O. Jason Tobillo. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Andrea Bosca (Magnifica Presenza), PIA Cultural Officer Cristina Moricca and Davide Iacopini (Diaz). The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Andrea Bosca (Magnifica Presenza), PIA Cultural Officer Cristina Moricca and Davide Iacopini (Diaz). The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The different genres help show a wider picture of Italian cinema. Fornari also explained the process for the Filipino selection, “That is why we’re screening both comedies and dramas. Some show the best of Italian regions. This year we also feature more Filipino filmmakers. The 5 films are a perfect mix or independent and commercial films for everyone to enjoy. Including the winner of the Filipino national film festival just held in Davao.”

There were so many stars Denise Laurel also took pics of her own from her i-phone. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

There were so many stars Denise Laurel also took pics of her own from her i-phone. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Cinemalaya Foundation Pres. Nes Jardin, Maricar Reyes and Sam Milby. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Cinemalaya Foundation Pres. Nes Jardin, Maricar Reyes and Sam Milby. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The educational component was also improved on for this year, “After the screening the students have the chance to interact with Italian and Filipino celebrities. I want to underline the master class for university students of Sergio Leone which will be conducted by Piera Detassis, the (former) artistic Director of the International Film Festival in Rome. There you will understand how niche low budget movies have become internationally famous.”

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes poses with a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes poses with a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Venice Film fest awardee Pepe Diokno (Engkwentro) and Line Producer Bianca Balbuena. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Venice Film fest awardee Pepe Diokno (Engkwentro) and Line Producer Bianca Balbuena. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Italy has always been one of the strongest supporters of Filipino cinema. Fornari explains why, “The Filipinos today are facing a great booming of creativity in cinema as the recent awards in Venice film festival and various international fests have shown. We encourage the local film community to further deepen its analysis on the unique complexity and charm of Filipino culture and society. Now is the right time.”

Actor Kuya Manzano and Maxine Mamba of TV5’s ‘Moneydrop’. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Actor Kuya Manzano and Maxine Mamba of TV5’s ‘Moneydrop’. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Star Magic Chairman Emeritus Johnny Manahan and Piolo Pascual beside a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Star Magic Chairman Emeritus Johnny Manahan and Piolo Pascual beside a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Center: Salvatorre Striano (Cesare Deve Morire)- blue tie with ASIATICA Film Medial participants from left: Madeleine Nicolas, Judith Bueno, Carlo Obispo (1,2,3), Sheenly Gener, Max Celada (Pasahero) , Richard Legaspi (Manenaya) Seymour Barros Sanchez and Noel Taylo (Kwarto) . The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Salvatorre Striano (Cesare Deve Morire)- blue tie with ASIATICA Film Medial participants from left: Madeleine Nicolas, Judith Bueno, Carlo Obispo (1,2,3), Sheenly Gener, Max Celada (Pasahero) , Richard Legaspi (Manenaya) Seymour Barros Sanchez and Noel Taylo (Kwarto) . The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista

2 thoughts on “Real Filipino-Italian Exchange in Moviemov

  1. NAME CORRECTION: “Fe GingGing Hyde” (wearing black gown) is with Perry Dizon and Arnel Mardoquio not Glorypearl Dy. FE GINGGING HYDE is an Indie Film Producer and an Award Winning Actress (won Best Actress in Gawad Urian 2011 for the SHEIKA by Arnel Mardoquio, she’s also the Executive Producer of the said movie) is a Dubai based Mindanaoan Producer/Actress. SHEIKA was invited at the Italian Film Fest, so she was there for SHEIKA not Qiyamah. Hope the name will be changed asap. Thank you very much sir.

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