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Two PH films nominated in Madrid fest

Bella Padilla in 'Tomadachi' (left), and Allen Dizon in 'Sekyu' (Photos from Youtube)

Bella Padilla in ‘Tomadachi’ (left), and Allen Dizon in ‘Sekyu’ (Photos from Youtube)

Acclaimed director Joel Lamangan’s films “Tomodachi” and “Sekyu” are among nominees at the prestigious Madrid International Film Festival to be held from July 2 to 9.

“Tomodachi” is nominated in the Best Foreign Language Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay of a Foreign Language Film and Best Original Score categories. The film, starring Bela Padilla and Japanese actor-producer Jacky Woo, is about a Japanese and a Filipina falling in love during World War II.

“Sekyu” is nominated for Best Director of a Foreign Language Film, Best Story and Best Sound Design. It tells the story of a simple man who’s struggling to do right while everything around him is going wrong.

The Madrid International Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to independent films from around the world.

It hailed the Filipino family drama “Mana” as Best Film last year. Noted actress Cherie Gil also won the Best Lead Actress plum for her performance in that film.