Tarantino Thrilla in Cinemanila

Quentin Tarantino to be Given the Lifetime Achievement Award in the 9th Cinemanila International Film Festival

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) will be hitting Philippine shores in August to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during special ceremonies in the 9th Cinemanila International Film Festival. Tarantino will be receiving the distinction for his iconic contributions to world cinema and continued support to the proliferation and promotion of Asian and independent films. He will also be giving a lecture on filmmaking during the second of two Grindhouse Days: Directing Workshops, on 11 August at the Gateway Cineplex 10 Cinema 4.

Tarantino’s love for Asian films has inspired him to make use of various cinematic styles from films of the region such as wire kung-fu scenes, sword fights and stylized action scenes in his own movies. His admiration for Asian cinema has made him one of its most significant advocates; the release of Zhang Yimou’s Hero and Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express in the United States were made possible by Tarantino.

Renowned for cult favorites like Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, Tarantino has won accolades and citations from various groups, including an Oscar nomination for his direction of the critically acclaimed film Pulp Fiction. In 2004, he was selected to be the head of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.

Catch renowned director Quentin Tarantino as he graces the Festival this August. The Cinemanila International Film Festival, now on its 9th year, will have its official run from 8 to 19 August 2007 at Gateway Mall Cineplex 10 in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, and from 17 to 19 August 2007 in Boracay Island. It will showcase the best of local and foreign cinema, including recent winners from the Berlin and Cannes film festivals. The Opening Ceremonies will be on 8 August at the Gateway Cinema Lobby. Cinemanila will also be having a special Focus on the films of South Africa (9 August) and Bollywood (10 August). Everyone is invited to these screenings and to the seminars and workshops. These include a seminar on the Importance of Film Archiving in the Philippines (9 August), Grindhouse Days: Directing Workshops (10-11 August), a Master Class in Scriptwriting (12 August), a Master Class in Cinematography (13 August), and a seminar on Indie Filmmaking (15-16 August). All of these seminars and workshops will be held at the Gateway Cineplex Cinema 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The CIFF is organized jointly by the Independent Cinema Association of the Philippines (ICAP), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and a specially commissioned inter-agency committee, with Major Partners: the Office of the President, the Department of Tourism, CinemaOne, and Gateway Cineplex 10; Gold Sponsors: Manila Bulletin, Philippine Airlines, and Web Philippines Inc.; Festival Sponsor: ClicktheCity.com; Event Sponsors: Asian Spirit and Boysen Paints.