Mike de Leon

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Miguel Pamintuan de Leon (born 24 May 1947), popularly known as Mike de Leon, is a Filipino movie director, cinematographer, scriptwriter and producer.

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Early life and education

Mike de Leon is the son of LVN producer Atty. Manuel de Leon and Imelda Pamintuan.

He took his masteral studies in art history at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. His interest in film started when while he was there, he frequented a small theater to watch film classics.

Career

De Leon made two short films: Sa Bisperas (1972) and Monologo (Monologue, 1975). With his own film outfit established in 1975, he produced its initial offering: Lino Brocka's Maynila, Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975). The film granted him his first award: Best Cinematography from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).

His films reflect the Filipino psyche, class belongings, political absurdities and fragmentation. His first major film Itim (1976), which was an in-depth study of guilt and violence, showed his talent in balancing cinematic elements to project mood and character. This film was voted as one of the Urian's Ten Outstanding Films of the Decade (1970-1979). This film also granted de Leon the Best Director Award and Charo Santos the Best Actress Award at the 1978 Asian Film Festival held in Sydney, Australia.

He was noted for his assertion to rise above filmmaking's commercial orientation, he showed his restrained handling of the relationship between two middle class youths in his film Kung Mangarap Ka't Magising (1977). The film served as his tribute to his grandmother Doña Sisang in celebration of the centennial of LVN Pictures.

De Leon ushered the birth of the new musical in his film Kakabakaba Ka Ba?. This film won for de Leon the Urian Award for Best Director.

He tackled social and political issues with powerful and disturbing images in his films Kisapmata (1981), Batch '81 (1982), and Sister Stella L. (1984). His film Hindi Nahahati Ang Langit (1985) was a commercial success. He was also commissioned by Sony to do a full-length video Bilanggo sa Dilim (1987).

Kisapmata (1981) bagged many Urian Awards: Vic Silayan as best actor, Jay Ilagan as supporting actor, Rody Lacap for cinematography, Cesar Hernando for production design, Lorrie Ilustre for music and Ramon Reyes for sound.

He dared to explore unusual themes in filmmaking such as incest in Kisapmata, fraternity violence in Batch '81, and the workers' cause in Sister Stella L. The said films were listed as three of Urian's Ten Outstanding Films of the Decade (1980-1989).

Batch '81 (1982) was chosen as the best picture by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP). The film also won best screenplay awards for de Leon, Raquel Villavicencio, and Clodualdo del Mundo Jr. at both Urian and [Film Academy of the Philippines|FAP]]awards rites.

Sister Stella L. (1984) gave de Leon the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards. Kisapmata and Batch '81 were shown at the Directors' Fortnight at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 1982 while Sister Stella L. competed at the Venice Film Festival in 1985.

De Leon established the first computer graphics animation company in the country in 1988. It catered to the advertising industry of TV.

He was commissioned by the NHK and Japan Foundation to do Aliwan Paradise. It was a part of Southern Winds (1993) which was an anthology of four films from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Japan.

De Leon was conferred the Parangal Sentenyal sa Sining at Kultura in February 1999 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Filmography

Director

  • Thirld World Hero (2000)
  • Southern Winds (part 2, 1993)
  • Aliwan Paradise (short, 1992)
  • Bilanggo sa Dilim (1986)
  • Hindi nahahati ang Langit (1985)
  • Sister Stella L. (1984)
  • Signos (documentary short, 1983)
  • Batch '81 (1982)
  • Kisapmata (1981)
  • Kakabakaba ka ba? (1980)
  • Kung mangarap ka't magising (1977)
  • The rites of May (1977)
  • Monologue (short, 1975)
  • Sa bisperas (short, 1972)

Writer

  • Thirld World Hero (2000)
  • Bilanggo sa Dilim (1986)
  • Sister Stella L. (1984)
  • Batch '81 (1982)
  • Kisapmata (1981)
  • Kakabakaba ka ba? (1980)
  • Kung mangarap ka't magising (1977)

Cinematograher

  • Aguila (1980)
  • Kung mangarap ka't magising (1977)
  • The Nail of Brightness (1975)

Producer

  • Thirld World Hero (2000)
  • The Nail of Brightness (1975)

Editor

  • Bilanggo sa Dilim (1986)

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