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Khavn dela Cruz's Mondomanila

<p>The postmodern "Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag"</p>
by Gelo Gonzales | Dec 1, 2010
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Khavn dela Cruz, a multi-awarded, world-renowned artist, musician, writer and filmmaker, will be premiering his latest full-length feature film, Mondomanila: or, How I Fixed My Hair After A Rather Long Journey on December 1, 2010, 7PM at the UP Film Center. [firstpara]
The film will premiere at (arguably one of the most awesomely-titled events this year) the MFMF! Mondomanila FilmFest Motherf%*#ers!.

The fest promises to give audiences the “the gift of alternative cinema for four days straight,” from Khavn dela Cruz.

Though we have no clear idea what one will feel after receiving the gift of alternative cinema, what we can say is this: Mondomanila, the Khavn’s 28th full-length feature, isn’t your usual cut-and-dried mainstream flick.

Dela Cruz, after all is the father of Philippine digital filmmaking.

Based on Norman Wilcayco’s triple-Palanca-winning novel (2002), short story, (2000) and screenplay (2003), MondoManila, says dela Cruz “is a post-modern version of Edgardo Reyes' 'Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag'. It not only explores Manila and its humanity, it also delves into the whole rationale behind the irrational lives these people experience everyday.”

If Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag sounds familiar to you, it’s because that novel has already been made into a film by the late, great Lino Brocka.

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Dela Cruz’s film though carries a different approach in the way it tells the story of this city and the myriad characters that tread its streets and alleys.

Says the filmmaker: “If Brocka's films a decade ago talked about the wounds of Manila, I would like to believe that 'Mondomanila' belongs to a new breed of storytelling that makes one feel as if one has actually touched that wound, a close-up view of all that gangrene and pus." Essentially, everything’s more up close and personal, as the film offers us a chance to really look at imagery that’s harsh and real—images that we usually just turn a blind eye on. As most dela Cruz’s films, Mondomanila seeks to be an eye-opener as well.    

Mondomanila will have six screenings from December 1 to 4 at 7:00pm and December 2 to 3 at 5:00pm at the Cine Adarna, UP Film Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Admission price is 50 pesos. A forum regarding the significance  of the Metro Manila Film Festival dubbed "MMFF vs MFMF!" will also be held on December 1, 4:00pm at the UP Film Center.

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