FRIDAY, August 12 at the 12th Cinemalaya Film Festival offers an additional screening of Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr., 12:45 pm at the CCP Main Theater. The film is about teenage parents Jane and Aries who make a living out of stealing on the streets... until fate hits back at them.
Focus: Jaclyn Jose. Cinemalaya shines the spotlight on 2016 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Jaclyn Jose featuring her critically-acclaimed film Sarong Banggi (2005) by Emmanuel de la Cruz at 3:30 pm at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde. Focus: Jaclyn Jose is a tribute to Filipino artistry and world class talent as exemplified by Jose. She is the first Filipina to win the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress award. She was awarded the prize for her portrayal of a drug-dealing matriarch in a Manila slum in the film Ma Rosa by Brillante Mendoza.
The Tribute to Francis Pasion, honoring the life and work of the late Cinemalaya director who passed away in March 2016, culminates with his film Bwaya (2014) to be shown at 6:15pm at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde in this retrospective. His third feature-length film Bwaya was the first film to be shot entirely in the marshlands of Agusan del Sur, in Mindanao. Bwaya is the true-to-life story of a Manobo family who lose their daughter in a vicious crocodile attack. As the mother, Divina, searches for the body of her daughter in the marshlands of Agusan, she learns a lesson more tragic than her fate: not all predators are underwater.
Bwaya won topped 2014 Cinemalaya “for its melding of documentary and fictional filmmaking, its effective depiction of a community’s efforts to come to grips with the horrible death of a young girl from a crocodile attack, and its powerful evocation of the marshes of Agusan in Mindanao, a vast wilderness where man and beast seek to maintain an ecology of cohabitation.” It also won the NETPAC Award for Best Film in its category, Best Cinematography (Neil Daza) and Best Original Music Score (Erwin Fajardo).
Awardwinning Asian indie films showcased in the Visions of Asia section will be screened at various CCP venues. These include Mina Walking by Yosef Baraki (Afghanistan/Canada) at 12:45pm and August in Tokyo by Ryutaro Nakagawa (Japan) at 3:30pm, both at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute, and The Kids (Taiwan) by Sunny Yu at 3:30pm (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino).
Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.
In addition to the main Festival venue at the CCP, Cinemalaya is being held in Ayala Theaters in Greenbelt 3 and Glorietta, Makati, Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, and UP Town Center, Quezon City, Solenad, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Ayala Center Cebu until August 14.
For more information, visit www.cinemalaya.org, www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya facebook page or CCP Media Arts at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.
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