Erik Matti makes it in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight with ‘On the Job’

Erik Matti’s “On the Job” was selected to be part of the Directors’ Fortnight—making it the third Filipino film that will premiere in Cannes next month.

Apart from Matti’s film, Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, The End of History)” and Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Death March” were earlier picked as part of the competitive  Un Certain Regard section.

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The Directors’ Fortnight will be held from May 16 to 26.

Produced by Matti’s Reality Entertainment and Star Cinema, “On the Job” features mainstream stars Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Rayver Cruz, Shaina Magdayao, Empress Schuck, alongside veteran actors and indie favorites like Joel Torre, Angel Aquino, Vivian Velez, Joey Marquez, Leo Martinez, Michael de Mesa, Al Tantay, Niño Muhlach, among others.

According to its site, the goal of the Directors’ Fortnight is “to help filmmakers get discovered by critics and audiences alike.”

Since its inception in 1969, the Directors’ Fortnight has served as “breeding ground where the Cannes film festival would regularly find its prestigious auteurs.”

Meanwhile, Matti’s 2012 horror-comedy “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles” will also be screened in the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, from April 19 to 27, and in the New Filipino Cinema 2013, to be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco from June 5 to 9.

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