Token Pinoy film ‘aswang’ stars in own film

Rappler.com
Lilia Cuntapay finally, finally got her 15 minutes

HER TIME'S COME. Kids who did not grow up with the horror film superstar will get to know her through her film. Photo from "Six Degrees of Separation of Lilia Cuntapay" Facebook page.

UDINE, Italy – 1980s kids will probably not know her name, but they will definitely remember her face (and her oh-so-long gray hair).

Lilia Cuntapay often portrayed roles like the witch, ghost or “aswang” in almost all Filipino horror movies and TV series throughout the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, when CGI and special effects makeup were not yet as used as they are now. 

Last week, Lilia’s star shone at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. Her film, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay was screened on April 28 in the week-long festival, along with other Asian films, both old and new.

STYLE STAR. Cuntapay channels her inner Vivienne Westwood in Udine, Italy. Photo from "Six Degrees of Separation of Lilia Cuntapay" Facebook page.

PINOYS REPRESENT! Cuntapay projects red-carpet glam in this photo with Filipinos based in Udine, Italy. Photo from "Six Degrees of Separation of Lilia Cuntapay" Facebook page.

Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay is a comedy written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone based on the real-life story of the 76-year-old Filipino film industry icon. It also features interviews with film directors Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, and documents Cuntapay as she goes through her day-to-day life. Writer Chanel Kong describes the film as being produced “mockumentary-style.”

Ladaone’s indie film aims to inspire by showing how hard work and passion always pay off, no matter how long. (Cuntapay finally received recognition after decades of working in the industry when she won 2011 Best Actress at the Cinema One Originals festival, tied with Maricar Reyes.) – Rappler.com 

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