French Filipino film to be featured in Cannes Classics
A restoration of the 1982 French-Filipino film Cinq et la peau (Five and the Skin) starring Gloria Diaz, Bembol Roco, Philip Salvador and Joel Lamangan will be screened at Cannes Classics in the 71st Cannes Film Festival tomorrow.
The film, which was entirely shot in the Philippines and was featured in the Cannes’ Un Certain Regard 36 years ago, tells the story of Ivan, a writer who returns to Manila aimlessly wandering from one encounter to another in the metropolis in search of himself.
The film’s director, Pierre Rissien, whom they call the Man of Cannes passed away last May 5, days before he was supposed to introduce the film during Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. He was a Cannes Adviser, an influential Cinephile and Cannes Film Scout before he died.
Rissien was also a known supporter of Philippine Cinema and is responsible for a number of Filipino films making it to Festival de Cannes, including Lino Brocka’s Insiang. He also visited the Philippines to attend several of FDCP’s events, the last event being the World Premiere Film Festival in 2016.
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