Sam Milby's indie film to screen in Cannes

Posted on 4/18/13 8:10 P

“Death March,” director Adolfo Alix Jr.’s film about one of the worst atrocities in World War II, which stars Kapamilya actor Sam Milby, will compete in the smaller Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, along with another Filipino film, “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” by acclaimed filmmaker Lav Diaz, and 13 other movies from around the world, organizers announced on Thursday.
Although the two Filipino films won’t be competing for the prestigious Palm D’Or prize, the Un Certain Regard section is also seen as “prestigious,” according to the Los Angeles Times. In fact, the section will be opened on May 16 by director Sofia Coppola’s latest movie, “The Bling Ring,” starring Emma Watson, about real-life teenagers who broke into celebrities homes several years ago.
Presiding over the jury deciding the Un Certain Regard prize will be Danish director Thomas Vinterberg whose film "The Hunt" competed at Cannes last year.

“Death March” was among the films vying for a slot in last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival but failed to make the cut.

Taking inspiration from films in the 1920s, “Death March” was entirely shot in a studio against a backdrop, according to Alix, who started working on the movie last August.

Apart from Milby, "Death March" also features other Kapamilya actors Ejay Falcon and Carlo Aquino. On the other hand, Diaz's "Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan" stars Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Soliman Cruz and Archie Alemania.
This year's jury deciding the awards in the main competition will be led by U.S. director Steven Spielberg who has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice.  

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