LOOK: Full-length films that will compete in this year’s Cinemalaya
Plan ahead, cinephiles!
Jun 21, 2018
We’re only a little over a month away from Cinemalaya, the much-awaited local independent film festival. It will be on Aug. 3 to 12.
What was once a relatively small film fest is now tremendous—it used to show competing and exhibiting films only in the theaters inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay, but for the past few years, it has extended to select Ayala Cinemas.
For 14 years, Cinemalaya has been granting producers an avenue for their films and skills to be shown and recognized and enthusiasts different kinds of artworks in motion pictures in just one event.
Here are the full-length competing films in Cinemalaya’s lineup:
Director: Perci Intalan
Screenwriter: Keavy Eunice Vicente
Distance (formerly entitled as Sa Pagitan ng Dito at Doon) is The IdeaFirst Company’s entry to Cinemalaya. It’s a drama film about a wife (Iza Calzado) who comes home to be reunited with the husband and children that she turned her back on years before.
Director and writer: Benedict Mique
Yep, that ML (Martial Law, just in case). The story follows Carlo (Tony Labrusca), a college freshman who met Colonel (Eddie Garcia), an old resident in their village and a former soldier during the Marcos regime who cruelly tortured student activists. The young man’s life changes when he experienced all the Martial Law cruelties one night.
Director and writer: Denise O’Hara
The film, which was supposed to compete in Cinemalaya two years ago, revolves around the story of Mamang, an old woman who longs to be with her unmarried middle-aged son.
Director and writer: Kip Oebanda
The film directed by Kip Oebanda, director of Bar Boys, is a true story about a young mother with a mysterious past who uses storytelling to protect her child from the realities of growing up inside a prison camp during the Martial Law.
Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon
Director: Carlo Enciso Catu
Teresa (Perla Bautista) is at the twilight of her life. She’s currently living with her longtime partner Celso when she receives a call from her estranged husband Benedicto (Dante Rivero). The latter is seeking forgiveness from her and their son.
It’s directed by Carlo Enciso Catu, a 22-year-old who has won various international awards for his Capampangan film ARI, My Life With a King.
Director: James Robin Mayo
Writers: Denise O’Hara and Heber O’Hara
Kuya Wes works in a money transfer company. One day, he finds himself “in a relationship” with a regular client, a married woman who suffers from marital woes.
Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma
Director and writer: Iar Arondaing
In the middle of chaos in Mindanao, children are being born in harsh conditions due to war and the root of the Muslim culture called “Rido” or the clash between clans.
Iar Arondaing also competed in Cinemalaya last year with his film Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang Mga Kuliglig starring Angel Aquino.
Pan de Salawal
Director: Che Espiritu
Pan de Salawal is about a lonely baker with a chronic kidney condition named Sal who wants to jump onto the incoming train and die. The baker’s neighbors along the Manila Railroad are also sick, but they get their dose of miracles from a wandering 10-year-old girl.
Director: Louie Ignacio
Another seasoned TV director, Louie Ignacio directs a docu-drama about batang hamog or street children in Manila who run after people, cars, buses, and jeeps to ask for money.
Director and writer: Afi Africa
The Lookout is Afi Africa’s second full-length film. It follows the life of seven-year-old George, a victim of child trafficking, who vows to return to his mother (who sold him and his sibling to a syndicate) and her boyfriend to make them pay for what they did.
Featured image courtesy of ML
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