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6 November 2011 - Internationally-acclaimed Philippine director Auraeus Solito of "Maximo Oliveros" fame hits it big in Brussels as he takes home the Emile Cantillon Prize (Prize for the Cinema of Tomorrow) at the 38th Brussels International Independent Film Festival for his film "Busong", a film that received a 5-minute applause in the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, H.E. Victoria Bataclan, who was present when Mr. Solito received a medal of honor from the City of Brussels earlier that week, said that "this win is well-deserved. Not only had Busong captured the physical beauty of Palawan, but it showcased Philippine indigenous culture, which remains distinct from Filipino traits emanating from foreign influences and which is very much alive today. The director himself is living proof of this, as he hails from the Palaw'an tribe.  Bravo, Auraeus for telling the story of your ancestors and of our people".

The plot, as detailed in the film's official website (www.busongpalawanfate.com), revolves around Punay (Alessandra de Rossi), who is born with wounds on her feet and cannot stand up because of them. Her brother, Angkarang (Rodrigo Santikan), carries her on a hammock, as he searches through the changing landscape of Palawan in the hopes of finding a healer for Punay. Different people help him carry his sister along the way - a woman looking for her husband, a fisherman who lost his boat, and a young man who is searching for himself - and each one meets his/her fate.Busong-website_2

Aureaus Solito's films have been shown in over 50 film festivals around the world including at Sundance, Cannes and in Berlinale - where his first feature "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" won three international awards. "Maximo" won 13 more awards from other well-known international film festivals. Busong is the first film of Solito's Palawan trilogy which is based on stories told to him by his mother about her experiences in her hometown Puring as a member of the Palaw'antribe.END.

 

 

 

 

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