If I Could Be at Cinemanila…

Cinemanila’s been ongoing for almost a week now and I have yet to watch anything from the festival’s line-up. (I was there for the opening film pero we decided not to finish watching it kasi medyo di namin trip eh) Kainis. I really want to go there and watch but my current situation just won’t permit me to. What’s more of a bummer is that there are films in the festival that I’m actually really looking forward to seeing. Tsk… pirata na lang nga. Hopefully!


country: Denmark
year: 2006
director: Christoffer Boe
cast: Nicolas Bro, Lene Christensen, Christoffer Boe

synopsis: Nicolas Bro (Nicolas Bro) is an actor who uses his handheld camera as a means of making the outside world a more tolerable place. When his best friend Christoffer (director Boe) suggests that Nicolas film every aspect of his life as a means of breaking his stifling inhibitions, Nicolas determines to capture a real life love story on camera as he attempts to win back his wife Lene. Though initially an amusing distraction, Nicolas growing penchant for filming the most intimate aspects of his personal life finds him becoming increasingly distanced from the real-world repercussions of his actions.

Got really excited when I saw this in the Cinemanila program. Christoffer Boe’s first film “Reconstruction” instantly became one of my favorite films after seeing it also at Cinemanila back in 2004. This is already his third full-length feature after “Allegro” in 2005. What’s interesting with “Offscreen” is that its main actors actually play themselves in the film — they are the actual characters. Even Boe himself appears as a character here. And to keep with the concept of “man with a movie camera”, most of the film was actually shot by its lead actor/character Nicholas Bro using a handheld camera. Coolness! Another great mind-bender from Boe for sure.  ::  [schedule: Aug.14 – 6pm]

Paris, je t’aime

country: France
year: 2007
directors: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant
cast: Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Maggie Gyllenhall, etc.

synopsis: Twenty acclaimed filmmakers from around the world look at love in the City of Lights in this omnibus feature. Paris Je T’aime features eighteen short stories, each set in a different part of Paris and each featuring a different cast and director (two segments were produced by two filmmakers in collaboration)… [full synopsis]

I learned of this through Ayn, who got to see the movie while she was in Berlin early this year. Astig… Paris in the eyes of the “who’s who” of world cinema. Particular segments I’m really curious about are those by Wes Craven (“Père-Lachaise”), Sylvain Chomet (“Tour Eiffel”) and Gus Van Sant (“Le Marais”). Found out that Christoffer Boe also shot a segment for the project. Supposedly, however, his segment could not be integrated into the film properly so it ended up not being included. In any case, “Paris, je t’aime” is still a definite must-see pour moi. Hopefully, we get another screening of it here soon or better yet, it shows up in our favorite, ahem, DVD outlets.  ::  [schedule: Aug.12 – 6.30pm]


13 Responses to If I Could Be at Cinemanila…

  1. kizay says:

    Sayang wala ka. Pagaling ka na.

    Unexpected yung kay Wes Craven, napaka-unlikely and unexpected. I love TOm Tykwer’s story. Reminds me of Run Lola Run. haha. ^_^

  2. paranggago says:

    waaah… napanood mo na rin! 😦 hehe…

  3. bittergrace says:

    haha, leo…Yung 2 Days in Paris and napanood ko sa Berlin, di Paris Je T’aime.

    Camowns’t lets hanap in quiapo. go!

  4. dam-dam says:

    waaaaaah. ako rin, walang napanood ni isa sa cinemanila. bagyo, sipon, ubo at katamaran.

  5. Leo says:

    AYN – ay ‘yung isa palang Paris movie hehe… naguluhan ako! waah… feeling ko naman pipiratahin nila yun. 😀

    BEBS – tamad! haha. yung Survivor: Fiji ah! hahaha… samahan mo na rin nung Mandy Moore version ng Umbrella why not. 😛

  6. bittergrace says:

    what? may version si Mandy Moore ng Umbrella? hmmm…. [tries to imagine it]

  7. Leo says:

    apparently… haha. sa Yahoo raw sabi ni Bebs… medyo parang ballad version yata. hmm…

  8. paranggago says:

    ** Na-realize ko lang… yung “Offscreen” pala eh may similarity ang concept sa “Quitting”. Althogh magkaiba sila ng theme. Interesting.

  9. 007 says:


    printf (“Hello World!\n”);

  10. paranggago says:

    hoy alex… wag mo nga dalhin yang progra-programming mo dito. amputa.haha.

  11. kizay says:

    WAH leo, sabay tayong manood ng 2 Days in Paris. meron sa sabado. sige na!

  12. Leo says:

    uy sige sige. pero nako, hopefully kaya ko na… *prays*


  13. shinjishinji says:

    I’ve seen mostly Tarantino flicks. I’ve seen them all on DVD pero talagang iba lang pag 35mm ang pinapanuod mo.

    You can watch the pirated version of Paris, Je’taime on youtube. Nandun na lahat ng parts nung omnibus.

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