Pinoy filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik brings home the bacon at the 2015 Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) after winning the Caligari Prize for his film, “Balikbayan #1 (Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III).”
This is a big win for the indie film pioneer, who has been in the Berlinale scene since 1977.
According to GMA News, the Caligari Prize is given to a winning entry under the experimental films and documentaries category, and is open to filmmakers from across the globe. The Berlinale website also states that the winning entry not only receives top honor, but as well as a cash prize of 4,000 euros, which is equivalent to Php200,000. Half of the prize money goes to the director, and the other to the film’s distribution.
“Balikbayan #1” tells the story of Enrique, a native Filipino who becomes Magellan’s slave and serves as his translator in his journeys. Enrique is also depicted by “a present-day character who tries to know who Enrique of Malacca was upon the discovery of film rolls dug up from the ground.”
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) also states that the film “explores the themes of rebirth, memory, cultural heritage, and cinema itself.”
“Balikbayan #1” ran at the Berlinale from February 5-10, 2015.