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FILIPINO AWARD WINNING FILM DIRECTOR BRILLANTE MENDOZA’S FILM “LOLA” IN COMPETITION AT THE FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

18 February 2010
The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that the city of Fribourg will serve as host to the 24th Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) from 13-20 March 2010 to promote quality and selected films essentially from Asia, Africa and Latin America.  The films selected by the FIFF engage audiences with images, stories and ideas that may not be conformist for a Swiss public.
This year, the organizers have confirmed the participation of award winning Filipino Director Brillante Mendoza’s film “LOLA” in the competition category.   Mendoza was the grand winner in the Best Director category in the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival. He served as member of the jury for the Filmmakers of the Film Competition for the 62nd Film Festival Locarno in 2009.  Mendoza first won an international award in Locarno with his film Masahista which won the Golden Leopard in the Video Competition in 2005.
The Philippine Embassy in Berne will be hosting a special reception for Award-winning Director Mendoza in Fribourg on 14 March 2010, on the day of the premier showing of his film “LOLA” at the Cap Cine 5 at the Manor in Fribourg.  The Embassy in cooperation with the FIFF organizers will invite the crème of the Swiss film industry as well as Swiss and Filipino audiences.
Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Maria Theresa P. Lazaro said that the decision of the organizers to show the film “LOLA” is a recognition of the Filipino’s world-class artistry in film-making.
 
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