Film and television director Louie Ignacio with Consul General Theresa Dizon-de Vega. (Photo by NYPCG)
Filipino film “Area,” directed by Louie Ignacio, screened this month at the 7th Queen’s World Film Festival held at the New York Museum of the Moving Image and the historic Kaufman Theater.
“Area,” a film about aging female prostitutes coping as best as they can with a multitude of societal and economic challenges, stars Ai-Ai de las Alas in a rare dramatic outing.
Ms. de las Alas was awarded the best female actor award for her portrayal at the festival.
“Area” is one of 130 films from around the world which screened at the 7th edition of the festival which is fast gaining a reputation as a major film festival for world cinema.
The particular thrust of the Queen’s Film Festival is to champion works from varied places in the world to connect further to the Borough of Queens which has one of the most racially-diverse demographics not only in New York but in the USA as a whole.
Consul General in New York Theresa Dizon-de Vega personally extended congratulations to Ignacio for the successful screening of the film and for the award garnered by the film’s lead actress.
In a meeting with Ignacio, the consul general shared the Consulate’s Philippine promotion efforts, including the annual “Sinehan sa Summer” held at the Philippine Center in New York every August and individual special film screenings, as well as promotion of Philippine films being screened in events in the U.S. Northeast.
The film will also be part of the lineup at the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival from March 29 to April 2, 2017; and at the 15th Boston International Film Festival from April 13 to 17, 2017.
“Area” won a Special Jury Prize at the Eurasia International Film Festival in Almary, Kazakhstan in 2016.