Kidlat Tahimik

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Kidlat Tahimik
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Kidlat Tahimik (right) and his son Kidlat de Guia
Born
Eric Oteyza de Guia

(1942-10-03) October 3, 1942 (age 77)
NationalityFilipino
OccupationFilmmaker
Installation artist
AwardsNational Artist of the Philippines.svg
National Artist of the Philippines

Eric Oteyza de Guia (born October 3, 1942 in Baguio City, Philippines), better known as Kidlat Tahimik (a Tagalog translation of "silent lightning"), is a film director, writer and actor whose films are commonly associated with the Third Cinema movement through their critiques of neocolonialism. For his contributions to the development of Philippine independent cinema, he was recognized in 2018 as a National Artist of the Philippines for Film - a conferment which represents the Philippine state's highest recognition for artists.[1]

One of the most prominent names in the Filipino film industry, he has garnered various accolades locally and internationally, including a Plaridel honorarium for independent cinema. He is dubbed by fellow filmmakers and critics as the "Father of Philippine Independent Cinema".

In recent years, Tahimik has become a noted installation artist with his works exhibited in various public spaces in the Philippines.[2]

Education[edit]

Tahimik attended the University of the Philippines Diliman,[3] where he was a member of the Student Council, then known as the University Student Union, from 1962 to 1963. While attending the university he became a member of the Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity.[4][5] Tahimik studied at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, earning a Master in Business Administration, and worked as a researcher for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 1968 to 1972.[6]

Influences[edit]

Tahimik grew up in Baguio City, Philippines, a summer resort community established in the presence of several U.S. Military bases. This experience influenced the themes of his films, most notably the semi-autobiographical Perfumed Nightmare (1977) and Turumba (1983).

The latter of these two films provides some insight into the circumstances that brought him to Europe and into the presence of filmmaker Werner Herzog, who along with director Francis Ford Coppola and his American Zoetrope studio, was instrumental in helping to release Perfumed Nightmare in the United States.

Personal life[edit]

Kidlat lives in a 4-storey home in Benguet, the Philippines, with his wife, German artist and writer Katrin De Guia, and their children Kidlat de Guia (or Kidlat Gottlieb Kalayaan), Kawayan Thor Kalayaan, and Kabunian De Guia (or Kabunian Cedric Enrique).

In February 2004, a fire was reported to have spread in their home. The family was able to escape safely, but the director's film stock and collection of art and artifacts were destroyed.[7]

He owns the vegetarian cafe Oh My Gulay in Baguio, the Philippines.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Feature films[edit]

  • Perfumed Nightmare (1977)
  • Sinong Lumikha ng Yoyo? Sinong Lumikha ng Moon Buggy? (1982)
  • Turumba (1983)
  • Takedera Mon Amour: Diary of a Bamboo Connection (1991)
  • Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? (with Kidlat Gottlieb Kalayaan; also known as I Am Furious... Yellow, 1989 and 1994)
  • BalikBayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment (Redux III, 2015; Redux VI, 2017)
  • Lakbayan (segment: "Kabayan’s Journey to Liwanang", 2018)

Short films[edit]

The films listed here are less than 50 minutes in length:

  • Yan Ki Made in Hong Kong (1980)
  • Orbit 50: Letters to My 3 Sons (1992)
  • Celebrating the Year 2021, Today (1995)
  • Japanese Summers of a Filipino Fundoshi (1996)
  • Banal Kahoy (Holy Wood) (2000)
  • Aqua Planet (2003)
  • Some More Rice (2005)
  • Our Film – Grimage to Guimaras (2006)
  • BUBONG! Roofs of the World! Unite! (2006)
  • Ang Balikbayan: Memories of Overdevelopment 1980–2010 (2010)

Television film[edit]

  • Olympisches Gold (from Vater Unser, 1981)

Writer[edit]

  • Perfumed Nightmare (1977)
  • Turumba (1983)
  • Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? (1994)
  • BalikBayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment (2015; 2017)

Producer[edit]

  • Perfumed Nightmare (1977)
  • Turumba (1983)
  • Abong: Small Home (2003)

Actor[edit]

  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
  • Perfumed Nightmare (1977)
  • Jag rodnar (I Am Blushing, 1981)
  • Smaragd (1987)
  • José Rizal (1998)
  • Abong: Small Home (2003)
  • BalikBayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment (2015; 2017)

Awards and Honors[edit]

Awards[edit]

National honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zulueta, Lito B. (24 October 2018). "7 new national artists to be proclaimed Wednesday". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ "The dream world of Kidlat Tahimik". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ "University of the Philippines alumni listings". Archived from the original on July 29, 2010.
  4. ^ Guia, Katrin De (2005). Kapwa: The Self in the Other : Worldviews and Lifestyles of Filipino Culture-bearers. Anvil Pub. p. 93. ISBN 9789712714900.
  5. ^ "Upsilonians remember 'brod' Behn Cervantes". Inquirer.net. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Manilla Bulletin article".
  7. ^ "WORLD-FAMOUS ARTIST LOSES ARTWORKS AS HIS HOUSE RAZED BY BENGUET BLAZE". www.newsflash.org.
  8. ^ Fermin, Margaret (2019-08-27). "Best Cafes to Visit in Baguio Cuddle Weather". Philippines Lifestyle News. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  9. ^ Jofelle P. Tesorio, ABS-CBN Europe News. "Kidlat Tahimik gets Prince Claus prize in The Netherlands". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 14 February 2019.

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