Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival
August 6, 2017
SUNDAY, August 6, at the 13th Cinemalaya Film Festival presents five full-lengths and two sets of short features in the Main Competition, one documentary for Dokyu, three featured films for Indie Nation, one foreign film in Visions of Asia, and one animation film for Animahenasyon.
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) offers "Baconaua" by Joseph Israel Laban at 12:45p.m., Shorts A at 3:30p.m., "Respeto" by Alberto Monteras II at 6:15p.m., and "Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa (My Teacher Who Doesn't Know How To Read) by Perry Escano at 9p.m.
"Baconaua" is a film about a young lady who mulls whether to have her father officially declared dead after missing at sea three months ago amidst mysticism and realities around him, while "Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa" tells about the school children who cradle guns in their arms instead of books when their teacher disappears. In "Respeto," two writers write their verses with new found clarity when they were thrown together in a moment of violence.
Shorts A is composed of "Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25" by Carlo Francisco Manatad, "Sorry For The Inconvenience" by Carl Adrian Chavez, "Lola Loleng" by Jean Cheryl Tagyamon, "Aliens Ata" by Glenn Barit, "Islabodan" by Juan Carlo Tarobal, and "Manong ng Pa-aling" by E del Mundo.
Meanwhile, at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), catch "Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang Kuliglig (Clouds of Plague)" by Iar Arondaing at 10a.m. and "Requited" by Nerissa Picadizo at 12:45p.m. "Sa Gabing Nanahimik Ang Mga Kuliglig" follows how a woman's confession to murder hurls a priest and an altar boy into a maelstrom of conflicting emotions and the need to be righteous, while "Requited" is about an ailing biker who takes to the trail for one last adventure which pits him against nature and the woman he desires.
Dokyu section presents "The Apology" by Tiffany Hsiung. The Apology documents the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” —Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines— who were forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, and how they seize their last chance to make peace with their past through justice, healing, and reconciliation. Catch the documentary at 3:30p.m., at the Little Theater.
Indie Nation screens "Bhoy Intsik" by Joel Lamangan at 6:15p.m. and "Area" by Luisito Ignacio at 9p.m. at the Little Theater, and "Baka Bukas" by Samantha Lee at 9p.m. at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater). "Area" tells about an aging woman who tries to escape from a life of prostitution, while "Bhoy Instik" is about two small-time felons with disparate personas who cross paths and get caught up in a string of petty exploits while managing to forge a stronger bond. In "Baka Bukas" explores what happens when a girl discovers the truth about her closest friend's gender and together, they are forced to confront the feelings they have for each other.
Catch the featured film of Visions of Asia at 12:45p.m. at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater). In “Above It All” by Lao PDR director Anysay Keola, a male medical graduate and a Hmong woman - both named Noy - confront their predicaments amid conflicting emotions. Meanwhile, Animahenasyon features "Saving Sally" at 3:30p.m., at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater).
Shorts B, including "Juana And The Sacred Shore" by Antonne Santiago, "Maria" by Jaime Habac Jr., "Nakaw" by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo; "Bawod (Bent)" by TM Malones, "Nakauwi Na (Home)" by Marvin Cabangunay and Jaynus Olaivar, will be screened at 6:15p.m. at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater).
The competition continues in the Ika-29 Gawad Alternatibo from 9p.m., at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde.
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