15 Years of Cinemalaya
In 2005, Cinemalaya Foundation established Cinemalaya Film Festival as a competitive film festival held during the months of July and August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Over the years, Cinemalaya introduced almost 200 directors and screened 300 feature-length and short films. To say that the film industry is dying in the Philippines is nearly impossible when there is an opportunity like Cinemalaya where young filmmakers could showcase their works.
Recently, the Cinemalaya Foundation has been awarded the Nikkei Prize for Culture and Community for its outstanding work of introducing cinematic works to many Filipino and foreign communities. Celebrating its 15th year in the industry, Cinemalaya Foundation expands its screening nationwide.
Cinemalaya partners with microcinemas in Metro Manila and regions for this year’s festival themed as “Kinse sa Sandaan: Cinemalaya Wave at the Microcinemas.” The country’s biggest independent film festival will be running from August 7 to 13 in selected Ayala cinemas and Vista Malls in Manila, Pampanga, Naga and Legaspi in Bicol, Bacolod, Iloilo and Davao.
The official line-up released by Cinemalaya includes ten full-length and short feature films, exhibition films of Cinemalaya festival: Dokyu, the documentary section; Best of the Festivals from local festivals; Indie-nation, a special section for independent films; Visions of Asia, featuring renowned Asian and Netpac films.
In addition, the festival will also premiere new on their screen debut and more of Cinemalaya’s best films in 2018, Audience Choice and Special Jury Prize Winners, and Cinemalaya favorites since its inception in 2005.
“Ang Hupa” is a film showing a devastated Manila in 2034 after a flu epidemic and volcanic eruptions killing the lives of millions of people. President Nirvano Navarro, a dictator, takes over the nation willing to threaten protesters on site. The film stars Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Joel Lamangan, and Hazel Orencio.
ANi (The Harvest)
When his grandfather turns ill, an orphaned boy and his malfunctioning robot embarks on a quest to search for the cure that he believes will save his grandfather. The film is directed by Kim Zuniga and Sandro Del Rosario.
CAST: Zyren dela Cruz, Ricky Davao, Miguel Valdez, Marc Felix, Anna Luna, JM Canlas, Rolando Inocencio, Rap Robles, Victor Medina, Mio Maranan, Chryssta Cordoves, Jermaine Choa Peck
CHILDREN OF THE RIVER
Phone calls shatter the blissful, simple life of four childhood friends. The film is directed by Maricar Cabrera-Cariaga.
CAST: Noel Comia Jr., Ricky Oriarte, Dave Justine Francis, Junyka Santarin, JR Custodio, Juancho Trivino, Rich Asuncion, Jay Manalo, Kareen Oriarte, Jennifer Acosta, Ma. Luisa Herrera
BELLE DOULEUR (A Beautiful Pain)
To find happiness, a woman breaks free from the confines that society puts on women. This romance film is directed by award-winning director and oscar-nominee, Joji Villanueva-Alonzo known for films “The Bet Collector” and “The Woman in the Septic Tank.”
CAST: Kit Thompson, Mylene Dizon, Marlon Rivera, Jenny Jamora, Hannah Ledesma
A public hospital serves as a witness to a young boy’s rite of passage when he is stuck to take care of his ailing father. The film is directed by Thop Nazareno, known for his award-winning Cinemalaya film, “Kiko Boksingero,” which won Best First Feature at the Young Critics Circle Awards 2018.
CAST: Louise Abuel, Ella Cruz, Dido dela Paz, Elijah Canlas, Manuel Chua
Ace (23) and Mico (17) both dream of becoming famous actors but it seems the Universe has a different plan for their lives. The film is directed by Eduardo Roy Jr known for his captivating stories of the underdogs of society.
An impoverished grandmother of an autistic child tragicomically loses everything and turns into someone society reckons her to be. The film is directed by Filipino film and television director Theodore Boborol.
CAST: Soliman Cruz, Ruby Ruiz, Ricky Rivero, Jonic Magno, Beauty Gonzales, Jomari Angeles, RK Bagatsing, Pryle Gura, Angie Castrence, Ana Abad Santos, Jade Lopez, Elora Espano, Cherry Malvar, Sunshine Teodoro, Divine Acuna
JOHN DENVER TRENDING
14-year-old boy John Denver Cabungcal’s life changes when a video of him brutally attacking a classmate who accused him of stealing an iPad goes viral. John Denver Trending is directed by Arden Rod Condez and Condez’s directorial debut.
CAST: Jansen Magpusao, Meryll Soriano, Glenn Mas, Sammy Rubido, Vince Philip Alegre, Jofranz Ambubuyog, Christian Alarcon, Zandro Leo Canlog, Andy Yuarata, Ricky Perez, Renato Sagot, Enrique Sanchez, Bert Briones, Elmer Yuarata, and more.
PANDANGGO SA HUKAY
Directed by Sheryl Rose Andes, the film features Iza Calzado as a small-town midwife in preparation for a job interview later on being disrupted by a series of unfortunate turn of events. “Pandanggo sa Hukay” will be Andes’ first feature film in Cinemalaya.
CAST: Iza Calzado, Charlie Dizon, Ybes Bagadiong, Diva Montelaba, Star Orjaliza, and more.
MALAMAYA (THE COLOR OF ASH)
A pessimist and uninspired middle-aged artist finds spark with a millennial amateur photographer who leads her on a road of creative and sexual awakening. The film stars Sunshine Cruz and Enzo Pineda and directed by two women, Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez.
CAST: Sunshine Cruz, Enzo Pineda, Raymond Bagatsing, Bernadette Allyson
A man’s belief in reality is tested when suspects are accused of a crime they say they did not commit. The film is directed by Fil-Am-Chinese actor Xian Lim best known for his leading roles in Star Cinema, Viva Films, and various TV series in ABS-CBN. His first film “A Love Story” premiered in the Pelicula-Pelikula Spanish Film Festival and now, his first full-length feature film “Tabon” will premiere in Cinemalaya.
CAST: Christopher Roxas, Ynna Asistio, Menggie Cobbarubias, Dexter Doria, Leon Miguel, Benjie Felipe, Lao Rodriguez, Richard Mannabat, Bapbap Reyes
10 SHORT FEATURES:
- ‘Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin (Please Stop Talking’) by Josef Dielle Gacutan
- Disconnection Notice by Glenn Lowell Averia
- Gatilyo (Trigger) by Harold Lance Pialda
- Heist School by Julius Renomeron, Jr.
- Hele ng Maharlika (Lullaby of the Free) by Norvin de los Santos
- Kontrolado ni Girly and Buhay N’ya (Girly is in Control of His Life) by Gilb Baldoza
- Sa Among Agwat (In Between Spaces) by Don Senoc
- Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala (Belief as the Light in Darkness) by Francis Amir Guillermo
- Tembong (Connecting) by Saira Advincula
- The Shoemaker by Sheron Dayoc
VISIONS OF ASIA
- Lying to Mom by Katsumi Nojiri (Japan)
- Still Human by Oliver Siu Kuen Chan (Hong Kong)
- The Third Wife by Ash Mayfair (Vietnam)
- Kejal by Nima Yar (Iran)
- Sweet Requiem by Tenzing Sonam, Ritu Sarin (Tibet)
- Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon by Carlo Encisu Catu
- Liway by Kip Oebanda
- Pailalim by Daniel Palacio
- Akin ang Korona by Zig Dulay
- Oda Sa Wala by Dwein Baltazar
- Hintayan ng Langit by Dan Villegas
- Tanabata’s Wife by Charlson L. Ong, Choy Pangilinan
- Sol Searching by Roman Perez, Jr.
- Paglisan by Carl Joseph Papa
- Mamu; And a Mother too by Rod Singh
- Rainbow’s Sunset by Joel Lamangan
- Signal Rock by Chito S. Roño
- My Little Dancing Shoes by Bryan Kristoffer Brazil
- Sunday Cinderella by Baby Ruth Villarama
- Daughter’s Courage by Khashem Gyal
- Cycling Tajima
- Dog Days by Timmy Harn
- Fisting (Never Tear Us Apart) by Whammy Alcazaren
- Never Not Love You by Antoinette Jadaone
- Bamboo Dogs by Khavn Dela Cruz
- Bad Bananas sa Puting Tabing (Remastered) by Peque Gallaga
A film directed by Kerwin go starring Matteo Guidicelli, Dennis Trillo, and Jerald Napoles, “Mina Anud” follows the story of two local surfers deciding their fate for their families to have a good future.
For more information about Cinemalaya, visit Cinemalaya’s Facebook page and website at http://www.cinemalaya.org/ and http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph/. You can call CCP Film and Media Arts Division at 832-1125 local 1704 & 1712. Tickets and festival passes are available at CCP Box Office, call at 832-3704.