Considered an honor and a rare chance of a lifetime, controversial director Vince Tanada never left any stone unturned to proceed when he was invited to be part of the Philippine delegation to represent the country in the 76th Cannes International Film Festival in France.
The director of the much talked about "Katips" arrived at the French Riviera on the opening of the 2023 Cannes to attend the Marche Du Film segment of the festival.
While Vince would not officially compete nor show his films at the out-of-competition section or any special screenings, Tanada would turn in his professional portfolio at the Croisette.
Marche Du Film is an annual industry gathering where films--this year alone, according to Festival de Cannes website reaches four thousand--from all over the world are exhibited at random presence of international filmmakers, producers, marketers, investors, presses, distributors and other stakeholders who exchange not only business cards but ideal minds as well.
Prior to his departure for Cannes, Vince said, his new film "Ako si Ninoy" and the soon-to-be released "Ang Bangkay" would be shown at the Marche Du Film.
In between business meetings, though, Tanada with his Philstagers Films' team, actor Johnrey Rivas and confidante OJ Arci were able to break bread and hobnob with Bela Padilla and Switzerland-based artist Evelyn Vargas-Knaebel.
Cannes 2023 runs from May 16 to 27.