Let’s get down to it. Here are the films playing on Opening Night until November 23.

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Opening Night: November 21 6:00pm

NORTE, HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN

Special Introduction by Director Lav Diaz

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Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDRc3vaPprY

A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious and strange starts happening to him.

Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan was first shown at the Cannes Un Certail Regard in May 2013. Since then it has been screening at film festivals around the world and was picked up for distribution in France, the US and the UK. In international polls conducted by the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine, Senses of Cinema, La Internacional Cinéfila, The Film Stage, and Artforum.

Starring Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Angelina Kanapi, Soliman Cruz, Mae Paner, Hazel Orencio

Directed by Lav Diaz

Screenplay by Rody Vera and Lav Diaz

Produced by Raymond Lee

November 22 4:00pm

BADIL

Q&A with Screenplay Writer Rody Vera

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Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsHBSClAlUw

Nonoy takes over the role of monitoring and guarding a number of people who are sure to vote for their party candidates. His father,the Kapitan, is the party leader of their area but he had suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed . Thus, the Kapitan gives Nonoy the grueling task of securing their area from vote buyers on the night before the election.

The entire night Nonoy goes patrols their barrio fending off potential vote switchers and vote buyers. His biggest challenge is looking for the mysterious “dynamite fisher” of votes who started making committed voters useless come voting time. Badil is a window into how flawed our basic political right has become.

Badil premiered in the 2013 Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival: All Masters Edition presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Starring Jhong Hilario, Dick Israel, Nikki Gil

Directed by Chito S. Roño

Screenplay by Rodolfo Vera

Produced by Han Salazar

Executive Producer Rafaela May Ocampo

November 22 6:30pm

DEATH MARCH

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Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYFyb6Kt62I

Trailer: http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/archives/ficheFilmVideos/id/11409819/year/2013.html

Bataan. 1942. Thousands of Filipino and American soldiers were forced to march in the blistering heat amidst disease, starvation and maltreatment by the displeasured and disgusted Japanese guards. Miguel is horrified by the dead soldiers talking to him. Alex starts to hallucinate and question his sanity. Roy takes care of his wounded American captain and tries to keep him alive. In the middle of this nightmare, Hatori seems to be unreal – he is both angel, guard, officer and civilian at different times.

Death March premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes 2013.

Starring Sid Lucero, Zanjoe Marudo, Sam Milby, Jason Abalos, Jacky Woo, Carlo Aquino, Felix Roco

Directed by Adolfo Alix Jr.

Screenplay by Rodolfo Vera

Executive Producer Jacky Woo

Director of photography Albert Banzon

Production designer Art Nicdao

Editor Mark Locsin

November 22 9:00pm

ALAMAT NI CHINA DOLL

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Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGEVqd38MF4

Winner of the Best Picture Award in the 9th Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. A journalist is rapped on the knuckles by a detective because he published information about a woman called China Doll. He has put her in danger, the detective says, and the story is all wrong. The journalist shrugs his shoulders. There are many truths, he answers, depending on who experiences it. The two quarrel briefly, then the journalist walks out of the bar into the night. When the detective takes another swig of his beer, we hear gunshots. What follows is an inimitable (non-chronological), grim, very violent political conspiracy thriller focused on (journalistic) integrity and – above all – on China Doll, a mythical young woman with a constantly changing identity and a very violent past.

Starring Angelica Panganiban, Phillip Salvador, Cesar Montano, Anita Linda, Allan Paule, Evelyn Vargas, Carlo Aquino

Directed by Adolfo Alix Jr.

Screenplay by Lav Diaz

Executive Producer Ronald Arguelles

November 23 4:00pm

KABISERA

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Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Ea8sAknz0

Andres is a humble Filipino fisherman who finds part of a consignment of drugs floating in the sea. Inspired by the myth of Faust, Kabisera (a Tagalog word meaning head of the table) shows us the transformation of a simple man into one capable of selling his soul for money.

Kabisera is an award winning Cinema One Original. Stars of the film Bing Pimentel won Best Supporting Actress, Joel Torre for Best Actor, and Borgy Torre for Best Director.

Starring Joel Torre, Arthur Acuna, and Ketchup Eusebio

Directed by Borgy Torre

Sceenplay by Vicente Groyon and Borgy Torre

Executive Producer Ronald Arguelles

November 23 6:30pm

ON THE JOB

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Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt37VFLyc-M

Filipino crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials. On the Job screened in the 2013 Cannes Director’s Fortnight.

Starring Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez, Michael de Mesa, Leo Martinez, Angel Aquino, Vivian Velez, Shaina Magdayao, William Martinez, Rayver Cruz

Directed by Erik Matti

Screenplay by Michiko Yamamoto and Erik Matti

Executive Producers Leonardo T. Po, Ronald “Dondon” Monteverde, Charo Santos-Concio, Malou N. Santos

Director of photography Francis Ricardo Buhay III

Production designer Richard V. Somes

Editor Jay Halili

Music Erwin Romulo

November 23 9:00pm

TRANSIT

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Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY2ipU9tYek

TRANSIT explores the intersecting stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting the children of migrant workers looms their precarious lives.

Janet, a domestic worker on an expired visa, struggles to hide her half-Israeli daughter, Yael — a rebellious teenager caught up in a juvenile romance. Most endangered in the situation is four-year- old Joshua, whom Janet and Yael protect because the boy’s father, Moises, works on weekdays as a caregiver in the city of Herzliya. The film also explores the life of a young lady, Tina, who arrives to start a new life in Israel.

TRANSIT examines what it means to be a family and what it means to be a stranger, within one’s home and in a foreign land.

TRANSIT is the Philippine entry to the 86th Academy Awards. It also won the Best Picture and Best Director Awards in the 9th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

Starring Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina,  Mercedes Cabral, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Marc Justine Alvarez, Yatzuck Azuz

Directed by Hannah Espia

Screenplay by Giancarlo Abrahan and Hannah Espia

Executive Producer  Paul Soriano

Cinematographers Lyle Sacris and Ber Cruz

Co-Editor Benjamin Tolentino

Production Designer Thesa Tang

Musical Scorer  Mon Espia

Production Manager Jono de Rivera

Assistant Director Chad Cabigon

Sound Designer Mikko Quizon

Sound Recordist Mark Locsin

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