Mendoza optimistic with ‘Dukit’ at 39th MMFF

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Monday, December 16, 2013


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza is optimistic that the Kapampangan independent film "Dukit" will perform well in this year’s 39th Metro Manila Film Festival.

Brillante, before the press conference with Kapampangan media, said he is confident that the Armando Lao-directed film will be making a significant mark in this year’s competition.

Dukit, the Kapampangan word for woodcarving, is centered on the region’s culture; its arts, crafts, food, music, values and traditions.

It is Lao’s latest film and an official entry to the 2013 MMFF Independent Film category.

The story is about a celebrated Kapampangan sculptor Willy Layug, embittered by how the father abandoned his family for another woman. It takes him years and success to learn to forgive the old man.

"Dukit is my attempt to make an authentic regional film. Shot entirely in Pampanga for over a year, the film features everything that is Kapangpangan — language, religion, music and the woodcarving tradition for which the town of Betis is known for. Except for one actor, the cast is made up only of Kapangpangan talents and one-half of the production team is young Kapangpangan filmmakers," Lao said.

Mendoza said he is proud to have produced the film of his former mentor.

"This is a tribute to the century-old woodworking tradition in Betis area of Guagua. It depicts the townspeople’s faith to God and patron saint Santiago, their devotion to the church, and the willingness of the few remaining woodcarvers to retain the tradition in spite of this modern generation," Lao shared.

The film stars Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug, Bor Ocampo, Raquel Villavicencio, Mark Grisworld, Thea Lelay, Bambalito Lacap, Rhea Lim, and Grace Martinez.

Apart from "Dukit," other works that made the cut are "Island Dreams" by Aloy Adlawan and Gino Santos, "Maestra" by Joven Tan, "Mga Anino ng Kahapon" by Alvin Yapan, and "Saka-saka" by Toto Natividad.

They will be shown in the cinemas of SM Megamall and Glorietta 4 from December 18 to 24. (Ian Ocampo Flora)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 16, 2013.

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