Netherlands embassy, Dakila launch Dutch-Filipino filmfest

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has recently launched a partnership with DAKILA, an organization of artists and advocates building a movement of heroism towards social transformation, through a Dutch-Filipino film festival happening from May to October around key cities in the Philippines.

The film festival is part of the celebration of  Netherlands’ 65 years of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consular ties with the Philippines entitled “Inspire Innovation: Leading Sustainable Innovations toward a Progressive World”.

The films will highlight the two nations’ commitment to promoting human rights and the development of sustainable innovations to help resolve global challenges.

Photo shows Jaco Beerends, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the launch.

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ TV spot goes outside the cellar

Universal Pictures has launched a new TV spot for producer J.J. Abrams’ “10 Cloverfield Lane,” the mystery thriller that’s been described by Abrams as a “blood relative” to the 2008 hit “Cloverfield.” The spot may be viewed below.

The film stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr., and so far the official synopsis only reads, “Monsters come in many forms.”

The new spot shows that, after surviving a car accident, a woman wakes up in an underground cellar. She fears she has been abducted by a survivalist, who tells her he saved her life, and that “it is not safe out there.” Uncertain what to believe, she decides she must escape, no matter what dangers she may face outside.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” surprised everyone and set the internet on fire when it uploaded its first look last January. A teaser showed Goodman, Winstead and Gallagher Jr. in a normal suburban household until a mysterious “something” disturbs the peace.

The marketing campaign for 2008’s “Cloverfield,” also produced by Abrams, was similarly secretive.

Dan Trachtenberg directs “10 Cloverfield Lane” from a screenplay by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken.

Opening across the Philippines on April 6, 2016, “10 Cloverfield Lane” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘Arrow’ star Brandon Routh aboard plane mayhem in ‘Lost in the Pacific’

The high-flying and non-stop thrilling action movie “Lost in the Pacific” starring Arrow’s Brandon Routh aboard on the maiden flight of a giant, luxury aircraft called The Titanic in the Sky. Unfortunately, just like its historical ocean counterpart, the plane hits an abandoned aircraft carrier on its first voyage and its pilot, played by Chinese actress Zhang Yuqi, must try to land on an island in the middle of the Pacific.

Directed by Vincent Zhou, “Lost in the Pacific” is China’s first sci-fi action in English language and boasts of an impressive production crew including visual effects supervisor Bruce Jones (“The Italian Job,” “Star Trek”), art director Ian Bailie (“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice”) and Stareast Digital Lab and Venture 3D and Scott Winig serves as director of photography. It was clear that the Chinese production pulled out all the stops with international actors that also includes Oscar nominees Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack for the sound editing, and Academy Award winner Mark Paterson for the final sound mixing of the movie.

“Lost in the Pacific” is a futuristic riveting sci-fi thriller following a group of passengers stranded on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean after their luxury airliner makes an emergency landing. To make matters worse, as they try their best to survive and figure out a way to get the plane back in the air, they soon learn the island has been overrun with strange mutated creatures that take passengers off, one by one. Once in the air again, the two surviving military personnel set course for a secret military base. Little do they know, they’ve taken a sinister stowaway along for the ride. Routh plays a mysterious chef of the plane where Zhang Yuqi takes on the seat of the plane’s pilot. Zhang Yuqi, was recently voted “the most beautiful Asian face and has earned her fame in the world of cinema for her roles in the Chinese box office hits “A Hope (CJ7)” and “White Deer Plain.”

Director Zhou enthused that “We are excited to be working with Arclight Films on the recent launch of “Lost in the Pacific.” Huace film studio will be our main domestic distributor in China, and it will be the first Chinese movie to be distributed by its own distribution department. Huace is the second largest public company in the entertainment industry in China and has been developing a successful model for distribution and looks forward to the film’s release later this year.”

“With complex character relationships, dark, mysterious creatures all in groundbreaking 3D with top-of-the-line visual effects and a celebrated team both in front of and behind the camera, the film has all the makings of a worldwide box office hit,” said Ying Ye of Arclight Films, the company representing worldwide rights on “Lost in the Pacific” outside of China. Ye is also an executive producer on the film.

“I am thrilled to be working with such an amazingly talented cast and the exceptional team behind-the-scenes on Lost in the Pacific,” said Zhou. “We will bring an adventure of monumental proportions to audiences all over the world that will keep them on the edge of their seats until the very end, and even after they leave the theatre. A film like Lost in the Pacific has all the makings of an international success story on a global scale. Buyers from all territories see enormous potential in Lost in the Pacific.”

“Lost in the Pacific” opens March 16, 2016 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

Nora Aunor-starrer ‘Whistleblower’ opens CineFilipino 2016

Adolfo Alix Jr.’s much-antipicated political thriller “Whistleblower” is the opening film of the 2nd CineFilipino Film Festival on March 15 at Resorts World Manila.

Nine competition feature films will be shown in Shang Cineplex, Greenhills Theater Mall, Gateway Cineplex, Eastwood Mall, Resorts World Manila, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Metro East and Festival Mall. The fest will run until March 22.

READ MORE: Guide to CineFilipino Film Festival 2016

“Whistleblower” topbills Nora Aunor, Angelica Panganiban and Cherry Pie Picache – together on-screen for the first time. The film is about the interconnected lives of three women who had to deal with choices for themselves, for their family and for the truth in spite of corruption and greed.

Regular run of “Whistleblower” starts April 6 in local theaters.