Monday, February 10, 2014

Not Jazz A Love Story: Critically-acclaimed docu goes to UP this Valentine


After receiving accolades at the 2013 Cinemalaya and at international film festivals, the documentary Jazz in Love by filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama will be shown at the University of the Philippines Cine Adarna in Diliman, QC, on February 13(Thursday) and 14 (Friday). Screening times on both dates are 4 pm5:30 pm and 7 pm.


Jazz in Love tells the love story of engaged Davaoeno Ernesto "Jazz" Tigaldao, 22, and German Theodor Rutkowski, 56, from the time they met on Facebook until Theodor visits Davao to ask the blessings of the Tigaldo family who has not accepted Jazz’s homosexuality.
The film was the first documentary to open the prestigious Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival where it premiered last year. It competed at the 18th Busan International Film Festival in Korea, and won the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award at the 1st Sala Mindanaw International Film Festival.

Jazz in Love has received acclaim for its heartfelt representation of same-sex love as no different from heterosexual love. Writer Ibarra Mateo described it as “valiant.” Skilty Labastilla of the Young Critics Circle praised it saying the film is “tightly edited” and “lyrically shot.” Tito Valiente of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino said, “The documentary works because it proceeds from sincerity, rather than mere curiosity.” While film critic Oggs Cruz of twitchfilm.com hailed it saying, “Jazz in Love has all the trappings of a perfect love story.”

The director Babyruth Villarama is a foreign correspondent involved in documentary and HD production the Philippines and ASEAN region. 

Jazz in Love is her first independent documentary film. For inquiries contact 09176276201, or call the UP Film Institute at 926-2722. Ticket price is Php 100.00 Screening at the 800-seater Cine Adarna is on a first come, first served basis.

- Press release from Gay Domingo

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