Friday, January 20, 2006

UP Film Institute premieres “Brokeback Mountain"

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The UP Film Institute is proud to present its own special premiere of what is bound to be the year’s most celebrated film.

Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain”—a Sky Films release—hits the big screen for the premier state university community on February 11 (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.) as the centerpiece presentation for the UP Film Institute’s month-long celebration of romance and the arts.

Widely regarded as the frontrunner at the forthcoming Oscars, “Brokeback Mountain” is the Grand Prize Winner of Golden Lion at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival. It recently copped four Golden Globes for Best Picture-Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Song.

It has also been named the year’s best film by leading critics groups such as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Dallas-Forth Worth Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the
Southeastern Film Critics Association.

Further awards and distinctions include the Satellite Awards from the International Press Academy for Outstanding Motion Picture-Drama, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Film Editing and Outstanding Original Song in addition to bids for top honors of such major Hollywood guilds as the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Screen
Actors Guild, the American Society of Cinematographers, the American Cinema Editors and the Writers Guild of America.

From Pulitzer Prize-winning authors E. Annie Proulx and Larry McMurtry, “Brokeback Mountain” tackles the story of two young, modern-day cowboys who meet in the summer of 1963 driving cattle on a mountain range to unexpectedly forge a lifelong bond—by turns ecstatic, bitter and conflicted—as set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas. The
dramatic film is top billed by Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams.

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Strictly for mature viewing with sexuality, nudity, language and some violence, “Brokeback Mountain” premieres with the generous support of Sky Films and the UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts as part of UP-mounted campus-wide festivities for Valentine’s, the National Arts Month and the Diliman Month that all coincide in February. Premiere tickets at a popular price are on sale by Wednesday, January 25 at the UP Film Institute Administrative Office. For particulars, interested parties may call cinema hotline 9263640 and 9262722 (telefax). Secure your admission now!

The UP Film Institute is the country’s premier state university unit offering film courses for both undergraduate and master’s degrees. It operates its own cinema that screens all quality films free from censorship and programmed for purposes of a variety of studies and broadened appreciation of cinematic arts. Established in March 2003 by virtue of the UP Board of Regents Resolution, the UP Film Institute is the merger of the former UP Film Center and the Film and Audiovisual Communication Department of the UP College of Mass Communication. It is the only Philippine member of CILECT or the International Association of Film and Television Schools.

University of the Philippines Film Institute (Member, CILECT/International Association of Film and Television Schools) Plaridel Hall, Ylanan Road, UP Diliman, Quezon City Cine Adarna, Magsaysay and Osmeña Avenues, UP Diliman, Quezon City Tel: 9818500 (UP Trunkline) local 4286, 4289; 9262722 (Telefax)

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