Film is director's first since winning Palme d'Or

HONG KONG — Filipino helmer Raymond Red has just wrapped lensing of “Skies” (Himpapawid), his first movie since winning the 2000 Palme d’Or in Cannes for short film “Shadows” (Anino).

Pic, which stars Raul Arellano (“Melancholia,”) Ronnie Lazaro and John Arcilla, is story of “a desperate man in today’s desperate society.” It was produced by Roger Garcia’s San Francisco-based-based Pacific Film Partners, Red’s Pelikula Red, Filmex and Ignite Media.

Red, considered by many of his contemporaries as the father of the current “new wave” in Philippines cinema has spent much of the past seven years making videos and commercials and acting as cinematographer for hire.

His lensing skills allowed him access to the new Red One ultra-high definition video camera which are still in short supply. Pic is also the first from the Philippines to access the Red One technology that was recently used in Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” duo, Peter Jackson’s upcoming “Crossing the Line” and “Angels and Demons.”

“This new digital technology is the next stage in helping all film artists try and achieve what drives the filmmaker – how to communicate the stories we see in our minds worthy of an audience from the rest of the world,” Red said.

“Skies” is now in post-production and is skedded for delivery in Spring next year.

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