CCP Arthouse Cinema Presents Manuel Conde@100Thursday, September 22, 2016
Have you ever been to CCP's Dream Theater? The theater is named in honor of national artist for cinema, Manuel Conde. Manuel Urbano in real life, is an actor, writer, producer and director. He became a leading figure in Philippine cinema thanks to his fresh take in storytelling. He was one of the earliest Filipino filmmaker who straddled both worlds of mainstream and independent film cinema. His film Ghengis Khan became the first Filipino film distributed worldwide.
Manuel Conde @ 100
The Cultural Center of the Philippines Arthouse Cinema, in cooperation with Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (SOFIA), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the UP Los Baños Foundation Inc, present MANUEL CONDE@100 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde on Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and 8, 2016.
This special event is held to celebrate the birth centennial of the National Artist for Film, Manuel Conde who was born on October 9, 1915.
To commemorate his birth centennial and his contribution to the Philippine cinema, three of his films will be shown:
- Genghis Khan (1950, MC Productions) on Sept. 24, 3:00 p.m.: Starring Manuel Conde and Elvira Reyes, this is the saga of how the young but wily Temujin rose to become the overlord of the Mongol empire. The version shown will have the original Tagalog soundtrack, unhampered by James Agee's poetic narration in the re-edited international edition which was restored in 2012. SOFIA (Society of Filipino Archivists for Film) board member Teddy Co will discuss for the first time some confounding and overlooked facets about the film.
Doesn't he look familiar? Did you know that Manuel Conde is the father of Jun Urbano, more famously known as Mr. Shooli of the 90's hit show Mongolian Barbecue? What's more is that Jun Urbano himself will grace the showing of Genghis Khan on September 24 at 3pm.
- Krus na Kawayan (1956, MC Productions/USIS) on Oct. 1 on 3 p.m.: Starring Manuel Conde, Aida Carino and filmed entirely in Vietnam, with Filipino actors in Vietnamese roles, the film tackles the refugee crisis at the onset of the Vietnam war. The United States Information Service (USIS) funded the film as propaganda material to portray the evils of Communism during the Cold War era. Jun Urbano, who was a young boy in the film, will be present to talk about his experiences working with his father.
- Venganza (1958, LVN Pictures) on Oct. 8 on 2 p.m: Starring Mario Montenegro, Carmencita Abad, Perla Bautista and Carlos Padilla, Jr., this action-thriller that is one of Conde's underrated films. Film scholar Nicanor G. Tiongson, author of The Cinema of Manuel Conde, will give a talk after the film, emphasizing Conde's delicacy and care in depicting the indigenous Igorot people shown in the film. A rare bonus clip of an interview with Conde before he died will also be shown. The screening will be preceded by cocktails and the launch of the Manuel Conde Centennial stamp by the Philippine Postal Authority and NCCA.
Manuel Conde's renowned films will be shown in CCP Dream theater, free of charge. Please be advised that due to limited seating capacity, screening of the films are on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, please call CCP Media Arts at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1704 and 1705. Know more about SOFIA and their advocacy to restore classic movies through their site and Facebook page.