Philippine Movie Night Presents Magnifico

To celebrate the Filipino American History Month, the Philippine Consulate General, National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Illinois Chapter, and Unico Entertainment Inc. would like to invite the public for a one-time free screening of Magnifico during the Philippine Movie Night on Monday, 04 October 2010, 6:30pm at the Skokie Public Library’s Petty Auditorium located at 5215 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077.

Below is a narrative synopsis of the movie that will interest you:


Everyone loves MAGNIFICO!!!

“A sweet tale.” – New York Post, V.A. Musetto

“Heartfelt…strong performance.” – Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

MAGNIFICO is “heartrendingly sweet” Susan Walker, Toronto Sun

MAGNIFICO is a wholesome family movie of a young boy whose amazing love, faith and courage triumphs over life’s sadness and misfortunes. His father, Gerry, thought he would grow up just like his older brother Miong, an intelligent young man studying as a scholar in Manila. Now that he’s 9 years old, he appears as a disappointment because there seems nothing great about him except the kindness in his heart.

When Miong loses his scholarship in Manila, his parents also lose all their hope of having a better life. Added to Miong’s failure, there’s their youngest sibling Helen who has cerebral palsy. It seems fate is playing a prank on them because Gerry’s mother Magda is also diagnosed to have a terminal cancer.

Magnifico’s sympathetic heart leads him to help his family by planning the burial of his sick grandmother. In fulfilling his homespun mission, he influences the lives of his towns-people and dramatically alters the perspective of his family.

The movie won the Crystal Bears Award and International Jury Grand Prix in the Kinderfilmfest of the 2004 Berlin Internationale Filmfestspiele, the International Grand Jury Award in 2004 Madrid Children and Youth Film Festival, Audience Award in 2005 Sheffield Children and Youth Film Festival and Grand Prix for Best Picture in 2004 Rome International Children’s Film Festival.

In the Philippines, Magnifico won a record breaking 7 awards including Best Pictures in the 2004 FAMAS Awards, FAP Awards, Gawad Urian Awards and Golden Screen Awards.

A Violett Films Production starring Lorna Tolentino, Albert Martinez, Gloria Romero and Jiro Manio. Directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes. 123 minutes, NTSC format. In Filipino with English subtitles.

For further information and inquiries please contact Ms. Jelly Carandang at (630) 564-7949 and Cultural Officer Berth D. Salvador at (312) 332-6458 ext.14.

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