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Italian actor-director Ruben Soriquez to hold first ever European Philippine International Film Festival in Italy

Ruben Soriquez wants to work with his ‘Dolce Amore’ co-stars once again.

BY LEO BUKAS

Twitter: @leobukas

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3/2/2018 8:54 AM
Italian actor-director Ruben Soriquez to hold first ever European Philippine International Film Festival in Italy


Photo credit: @rubenmariasoriquez on IG

 

Acclaimed Italian actor-director Ruben Soriquez became a Kapamilya household name when he appeared as Roberto Marcheza, adoptive father ni Liza Soberano sa top-rating teleseryeng Dolce Amore. This paved the way for his newfound popularity in the country.

“It opened new doors for me and I was able to meet new friends in the business. I learned a lot from working with them,” sambit pa niya.

Hirit pa nga ni Ruben, nami-miss na raw niyang katrabaho sina Liza Soberano, Matteo Guidicelli at Enrique Gil na bida ngayon sa bagong series ng ABS-CBN na Bagani.

“I wish… sana, kasi I enjoyed the team, not only the actors but also the production team. I wish I can be there even as a guest,” natatawa pero seryoso niyang pahayag.

“But I think, there’s no role yet for me but it’s a fantasy, there’s no limit to imagination and anything is possible, so hopefully they can accommodate me also,” dagdag niya.

Pero habang hinihintay ang posibilidad na muling makasama ang Dolce Amore cast, busy si Ruben sa pag-aasikaso ng European Philippine International Film Festival (EPIFF) na siya mismo ang nagtatag. Ayon sa actor-director, gaganapin ang kauna-unahang EPIFF sa Florence, Italy on March 7 and 8.

“The festival will showcase works of the best Filipino filmmakers from around the world,” pagmamalaki pa niya.

Katulong ni Ruben sa paglikha ng EPIFF ang ibang Italian filmmakers tulad nina Maurizio Baldini and Lorenzo Galanti. Suportado naman ito ng Philippine Italian Association, Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Inc., Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) at ng Fondazione Sistema Toscana.

Patuloy ni Ruben, “The festival seeks to provide a greater understanding of the Filipino culture through film. We are hopeful also that eventually, we will find distribution for these Filipino-made films in Europe.”

Para sa “In Competition” category ng EPIFF ay napili ang mga pelikulang Broken Hallelujah (Roland Sanchez), Dagsin (Atom Magadia), Honor Thy Father (Erik Matti), Imbisibol (Lawrence Fajardo), Journeyman Finds Home: The Simone Rota Story (Albert Almendralejo and Maricel Cariaga), Maestra (Lemel Lorea) and Matanggol (Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez).

Kasali naman sa “Out of Competition” category ang dalawang pelikula na gawa ng Italian filmmakers na kinunan sa Pilipinas. Ito ang Dalisay (Maurizio Baldini) at ang pelikulang idinirek ni Ruben na Of Sinners and Saints.

Ang lahat ng pelikulang mapapanood sa festival ay mayroong Italian subtitles.

During the awarding ceremony which will be held sa last day ng festival ay bibigyan ng award ang mapipiling Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress at Audience Favorite.

Samantala, tinatapos gawin ngayon ni Ruben ang horror film na The Lease kasama si Garie Concepcion.