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Philippines Day at the 38th HKIFF

| March 20, 2014

The 38th HKIFF presents Philippines Day
Charity screenings of post-Yolanda reconstruction:
On the Job and Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel
Eugene DOMINGO and Piolo PASCUAL in Hong Kong to meet the audience

Kimmy Dora movie poster

Kimmy Dora movie poster

17 March 2014 (Hong Kong) ─ The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) in collaboration with the Film Development Council of the Philippines will hold the Philippines Day on 30 March 2014 in tribute to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Philippines Day presents On the Job, a sensation at the 2013 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, directed by Erik MATTI, starring Piolo PASCUAL and Joel TORRE, and Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel, the latest chapter in a smashingly successful comedy franchise, directed by Chris MARTINEZ, starring Eugene DOMINGO. Talents from both films – Eugene DOMINGO, Piolo PASCUAL, and Joel TORRE will attend the screening to meet the audience. A portion of ticket sales will be donated for the relief of the typhoon victims.
Home sweet home – for hitmen
While jails are supposed to imprison criminals, it turns out to be a home for working hitmen. MATTI’s film centers on the true story of prisoners who are given a day pass to carry out contract killings, and the corruption of high officials and the police that makes it all possible. However, On the Job goes beyond the shock value of this Third World outrage, with its underlying critique of the Philippines bizarre sense of governance. This film will screen on March 30 with the short film Heart of Storm produced by the Film Development Council of the Philippines about Typhoon Yolanda. Piolo PASCUAL will attend the screening to meet the audience.
It ends at the beginning
Both played by the masterly Eugene DOMINGO, the rivalry between the goody two-shoes and ruthlessly evil twins Kimmy and Dora has come to an end in Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel. Set in an earlier time with the twins making their way up the family business to prove their worth, Eugene DOMINGO’s performance as both Kimmy and Dora is a highlight of the entire franchise. Chris MARTINEZ who wrote the first Kimmy Dora and has also been responsible for some of the Philippines’ best comedies of recent years including Here Comes the Bride and Temptation Island remake. Eugene DOMINGO will attend the screening to meet the audience.
The Glories of Filipino Cinema
The Festival will also screen several Filipino films in its dedicated country-in-focus section “The Glories of Filipino Cinema”, including the highly-charged drama set in the Marcos years starring Eugene DOMINGO Barber’s Tales, the return of cult director Elwood PEREZ with Otso, Cannes Film Festival 2013 acclaimed masterpiece Norte, The End of History by Lav DIAZ and in the “Restored Classics” section, Lino BROCKA’s daring portrayal of street life and gay society in Manila in the Manila in the Claws of Light (1975).
The 38th HKIFF will be held from 24 March 2014 to 7 April 2014, with 300 titles from 56 countries and regions, 88 of which are world, international or Asian premieres. The full programme is available at www.hkiff.org.hk. Tickets for the public can now be booked online at www.hkiff.org.hk and at all URBTIX outlets.

'On the Job' was a sensation at the Cannes Director's Forthnight.

‘On the Job’ was a sensation at the Cannes Director’s Forthnight.

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