Nora Aunor film ‘Taklub’ opens 20th French Film FestivalJune 4, 2015
MANILA, Philippines – The Filipino film “Taklub” is the opening film for the 20th year of the French Film Festival here in the Philippines.
Present at the opening night on Wednesday is the star of the film Nora Aunor, the film’s director Brillante Mendoza and the film’s producer Senator Loren Legarda.
French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon said that the film “Taklub” was chosen to be screened for the festival’s opening since “we want to celebrate also Philippine cinema because we want to support your cinema.”
“This movie is very important one because it’s about climate change, and this movie is about the consequences of climate change in the Philippines. So we know that this film is the most appropriate to screen tonight,” Garachon added.
He also noted that the film has been screened at the Cannes Film Festival and has received good reviews.
Meanwhile, Sen. Legarda said “Taklub” was originally planned as a documentary to promote disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, but Mendoza had a different plan.
“He said, ‘Senator, can we do a feature film instead and have these concepts integrated to mainstream in that show. May we get Ms. Nora Aunor?’” Legarda recalled.
“I said, ‘Wow that would be great!’ It will better convey the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in a very subtle way, in a feature film.”
She also thanked Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje and President Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma for agreeing to this project.
The French Film Festival will run from June 3 to 9 at Greenbelt 3 cinemas and at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City.