Auraeus Solito

  • Birth Place: Philippines
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Editor, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Belongs to a lineage of the ancient Palawanon shamans.
  • Kanakan-Balintagos is his tribal-spirit name.
  • Spent five years living in Palawan (after completing his theatre and filmmaking studies in Manila) before making his first film.
  • Made his debut with the movie Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005), which won 15 international awards and is also the first Filipino movie to be nominated for a Best Foreign Film Award at the Independent Spirit Awards in the United States.
  • Is one of the 100 directors profiled in the book Take 100 published in 2010.  
  • All his works have been screened in major festivals around the world, which includes Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Montreal, Pusan, Toronto and Rotterdam.


  • 2007, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee

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