THE 2017 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival will culminate with the screening of filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr.'s "Pastor" on August 12, Saturday, at 6:15 p.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).
The 90-minute-long film tells the story of Pastor Luis Aguila and his family whose faith is seemingly tested. An ex-convict, Luis is now the head of his church. Mildred, his wife, tries to hide her secret as she juggles between her family and church duties. Their youngest son Carlo struggles with growing up and tying up his family together.
Things intensify when Pastor Aguila's daughter Katrina defies her family when she falls in love with the mysterious Jigo. She gets entangled in a web of lies and becomes involved with Jigo's illegal activities, leading to her untimely death. Pastor Aguila and wife Mildred seek justice, but it seems elusive. Now, the pastor is torn between revenge and his faith.
Produced by Oro de Siete Productions Inc., the film stars Phillip Salvador, Gina Alajar, Jason Abalos, Janine Gutierrez, Mark Neumann, with special participation of Elizabeth Oropesa, Alan Paule, Rosanna Roces, Angelina Kanapi and Mikoy Morales. It is directed by Adolfo Alix Jr., and written by Ralston Jover.
Following the theme "See the Big Picture," the country's biggest independent film festival closes with the Cinemalaya Awards Night, slated on August 13, at 7p.m., at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).
Now on its 13th year, Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas. Since 2005, Cinemalaya has continued to discover, encourage and support the cinematic works of upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers who boldly articulate and freely interpret the Philippine experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. To date, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 127 full feature independent films and 106 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.
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