Film critics Tioseco, Bohinc killed in Manila robbery (Screendaily)

Estoy bastante impresionado con la noticia. Conocía un poco a Nika, que es la presidente de Fipresci en Eslovenia, y era una persona realmente interesada (y dedicada) al cine. Recuerdo alguna larga discusión el año pasado, en la Viennale, en la que me hablaba de su vida en Filipinas. No tenía siquiera 30 años. ¡Qué raro es todo esto!

Renowned Filipino-Canadian film critic Alexis Tioseco and his partner, Slovenian critic and programmer Nika Bohinc, were shot dead during a robbery at their home in Quezon City on Tuesday night.

According to local news reports, a household helper answered the door to three gunmen who then shot the couple before clearing the house of valuables.

The Asian film community was shocked and saddened by the news. Tioseco was a highly-regarded writer, lecturer and critic who had helped introduce the Philippines’ rising wave of independent filmmakers to local and overseas audiences.

He was also editor of web-site Criticine.com, which features in-depth criticism of South-East Asian cinema, and served as a FIPRESCI jury member at several festivals. He wrote for a wide range of magazines and leading local newspapers such as the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star.

Bohinc was also a highly-respected film journalist and programmer for festivals including the Ljubljana International Film Festival and Isola Cinema Film Festival. She also served as the president of FIPRESCI Slovenia.

“To the numerous directors and industry people whom he called friends, the loss is staggering,” said Raymond Phathanavirangoon, South-East Asian programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

“Much of the Filipino film community is reeling right now from the news, and alas the direct impact on TIFF itself is that director Raya Martin, one of Alexis’ close friends, will now no longer be able to attend our festival – which I completely understand.”

Phathanavirangoon added that TIFF’s screening of Martin’s Independencia will be dedicated to the couple.

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