Piolo Pascual will grace the Festival Paris Cinema 2008 (Sixth Edition) as the first Filipino artist specially invited to the event which is honoring the Philippines this year.
Piolo received the invitation from Paris Mayor Delanoe and actress Charlotte Rampling as early as March of this year.
Some 40 Filipino films will be shown at the filmfest, with Star Cinema’s Caregiver (starring Sharon Cuneta) and Ploning (Judy Ann Santos) as possible opening films.
The festival will run from July 1 - 12, 2008.
According to the official website of the French Government Tourist Office, since it started last 2007, the festival gets stronger each year. Last year, 247 films from over 35 countries were shown to the public, with 150 celebrities from all over the world in attendance.
The likes of Juliette Binoche, Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort, Tim Roth, Oliver Stone, at Robin Wright Penn were some of the well-known celebrities who have graced the occassion since it was established.
This year, after honoring South Korea in 2006 and Lebanon in 2007, the Paris Cinema IFF will be honoring the Philippines.