IT’S CINEMALAYA SEASON once more and we are all excited to be treated with some good Filipino films for over a week from August 3 to 12, 2018. While we are all encouraged to watch all the film-entries this year, we are compiling here the posters and trailers (once out) so to guide you in choosing which films to watch first especially if schedule is a problem.
The 14-year-long Filipino independent film festival will showcase the film entries at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and select Ayala Malls cinemas nationwide.
Check out the 10 finalists in the full-length feature category below:
1. Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon | Starring: Perla Bautista, Dante Rivero, Menggie Cobarrubias |
Director: Carlo Catu
The film revolves around Teresa, a lady at the twilight of her life who lives with her longtime partner Celso. She receives a call from her estranged husband Benedicto who is seeking forgiveness from her and their son Chito. Director Carlo Catu, 22, has received numerous awards from international film festivals. He was also nominated for best director in the 39th Gawad Urian.
2. Kuya Wes | Starring: Ogie Alcasid, Ina Raymundo, Moi Bien, Alex Medina | Director: James Robin Mayo
Kuya Wes works in a money transfer company and finds himself “in a relationship” with a regular client. She happens to be a married woman who suffers from marital woes. Director James Robin Mayo was nominated for best director in this year’s Gawad Urian for his work, “The Chanters”.
3. Liway | Starring: Dante Rivero, Menggie Cobarrubias | Director: Kip Oebanda
“Liway” is about a notorious NPA rebel in Negros whose beauty is legendary and her tactics, unparalleled. Writer-director Kip Oebanda’s was nominated for best screenplay in this year’s Gawad Urian for “Bar Boys.”
4. Distance | Starring: Iza Calzado, Nonie Buencamino, Max Eigenmann | Director: Perci Intalan
This drama film tells the story a wife who comes home to be reunited with the husband and children that she turned her back on years before.
5. The Lookout | Starring: Yayo Aguila | Director: Afi Africa
George is only seven years old and a victim of child trafficking. He vows to return to his mother (who sold him and his sibling to meet financial demands of her live-in partner) and her boyfriend to make them pay for what they did.
6. ML | Starring: Eddie Garcia, Tony Labrusca | Director: Benedict Mique
Carlo is a college student whose life takes an unexpected turn when he experienced the Martial Law cruelties one night. The old resident in his village, Colonel, was a former soldier during the Marcos regime who happened to torture student activists.
7. Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma | Starring: Juan Miguel Emmanuel Salvado | Director: Iar Lionel 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. This is Iar Arondaing second full-length film entry after he submitted “Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig” in last year’s festival.
8. Pan De Salawal | Starring: Felix Roco, Anna Luna, Ruby Ruiz | Director: Che Espiritu
Pan de Salawal is about a lonely baker named Sal, who has chronic kidney stones and feels that he wants to die. He hopes for a miracle, along with his neighbors by the railroads, who are battling for dear life as well.
9. School Service | Starring: Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Celine Juan | Director: Louie Ignacio
Through the eyes of Maya, we see the conditions of these kept children, along with the other children living in the streets. All day long, they run after people, cars, buses, and jeeps, just to ask for money. They do things not fit for their age in exchange for a few coins. They do all kinds of tactics just to survive and just to have a better life. And every day, it’s like chasing their dreams and freedom–it never happens. It is never enough.
This is the second film of Ai-Ai as lead actress in Cinemalaya after “Ronda” while the second film of Director Louie Ignacio in the festival after “Asintado”.
10. Ang mga Bisita ni Mamang | Starring: Elora Españo | Director: Denise O’Hara
The film deals with Mamang, an old woman who hangs on her memory to be with her unmarried middle-aged son. Director Denise O’Hara presented two entries in the same Cinemalaya category last year.
See you at the cinemas, guys!