The historical drama Death March will be competing in the Un Certain Regard
section of the 66th Festival de Cannes this May 15-26, 2013 regarded as the
‘more arthouse’ part of the world’s biggest cinema event.
Produced by Jacky Woo’s Forward Entertainment, it deals with the infamous
event which deals with the hardships of the Filipinos and Americans after
the fall of Bataan. 75,000 soldiers became Prisoners of War: about 12,000
Americans and 63,000 Filipinos in what was one of the worst atrocities in
modern wartime history—the Bataan Death March. Soldiers began marching
north toward Camp O’Donnell in Tarlac Province, sixty-five miles away. The
film will follow the intertwining lives of the Filipino, American and
Japanese soldiers caught in the march.
The film boasts of a casting coup, some of the best actors of their
generation: Sid Lucero, Zanjoe Marudo, Sam Milby, Jacky Woo, Jason Abalos,
Carlo Aquino and Felix Roco. Death Marchwas shot in a studio with all of
its backdrop hand-painted inspired by the paintings of Thomas Benson.
Sales company Versatile Films has acquired “Death March” for international
sales. “Adolf is one of those director’s with such a strong personal
style… his films are immediately recognisable as being by him.” said Pape
Boye, one of the founders of Versatile. Didier Costet’s Equation will be
distributing the film in France. He was producer of Brillante Mendoza’s
“Serbis”, “Kinatay” and “Lola”.
Alix was last in Cannes with Manila, co-directed with Raya Martin, which
premiered Out Of Competition in 2009.
Danish helmer Thomas Vinterberg would head the Un Certain Regard jury
along with actress Zhang Ziyi among others. Sofia Coppola’s “Bling Ring”
starring Emma Watson will open the Un Certain Regard section.