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20/09/2012: Filipino Director Solito to Attend DC Screening of Busong

20 September 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Internationally-acclaimed and award-winning Filipino director Auraeus Solito will be in Washington, D.C. for the screening of Busong at the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival on September 27, the Philippine Embassy said.

In a press release, the Philippine Embassy reiterated its invitation to the Filipino-American community to watch the film and interact with Solito after its screening at the Grosvenor Auditorium of the National Geographic headquarters.

Busong is described as a mystical drama, where a determined young man carries his sister, unable to walk, on a fateful journey to see a healer.  It is the first feature film coming from Palawan province. Busong was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight, and won awards for Best Director, Best Sound Design, and Best Original Music Score at Cinemalaya 2011.

Solito will also be among the panel of film directors who will discuss the opportunities and demands that arise when a director channels a deep familiarity with a place and its culture.  The Festival’s panel discussion “You Can Go Home Again: The Challenges of Familiarity” will also include Aleskei Vahrukshev and Eriberto Gualinga.  This particular event will be also held at the Grosvenor Auditorium from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. also on September 27 and is free-of-charge.

Solito’s first feature film, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros), won 15 international awards, including three awards at the Berlinale - the Teddy award, International Jury Prize at the Kinderfest, and Special Mention from the Children’s Jury of the Kinderfest. It is also the first Philippine film nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Spirit Awards in the United States. It has been shown in more than 50 film festivals around the world.

Solito is the first Filipino to make it to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, two years in a row for both The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros and his second feature, Tuli. In addition to Sundance, his films have been screened in major festivals around the world including Berlin, Montreal, Pusan, Toronto, and Rotterdam. He recently finished a screenplay development program at the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam where he wrote Deluge. Busong, part of the Palawan Trilogy, was recently screened at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

The screening of Busong at the All Roads Film Festival is being co-hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Interested parties who wish to purchase tickets for the Busong screening may visit http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/films/2012/09/27/busong-palawan-fate/(END)