The festival is closing in a few days. It was a pleasure and an honor to have screened all the films in the past two weeks. Here’s the last set of screenings for December 9 to 12. We close with a great Philippine Cinema Classic. Cheers!
December 9 6:30pm
ANG HULING CHA-CHA NI ANITA
Q&A with Sigrid Bernardo
A 12-year old Anita falls in love with the new woman in town; years later, a girlhood crush blossoms during the Fiesta of Santa Clara in Obando, Bulacan.
Starring Teri Malvar, Angel Aquino, and Jay Bordon
Written and Directed by: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Producers Tonee Acejo and Ferdinand Lapuz
Executive Producers Krystal Banzon, Jalz Zarate, Sigrid Bernardo
December 9 9pm
Dorina believes she is a lady incarcerated inside a male body. She’s got herself a ﬂourishing career, albeit in an illegal cosmetic surgery business. She is a mother ﬁgure to Hero, her eight year old nephew. She acts as a devoted wife to Uno. Between her job and her family, Dorina feels that she is one lucky woman. Until Uno falls in love with another tranny.
Starring Mimi Juareza, Jun-Jun Quitana, Miggs Cuaderno, Francine Garcia, Natashia Yumi, Filipe Martinez, Rolando Inocencio, Sashi Giggle
Directed by Eduardo Roy Jr
Producer Ferdinand Lapuz
Executive Producer Almond L. Derla
December 10 6:30pm
THE GUERRILLA IS A POET
Q&A with Kiri and Sari Delena
The tale of an activist’s journey during the turbulent years of Martial Law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark, nine years of imprisonment that followed, leading to his birth as a poet.
Starring Karl Medina and Angeli Bayani
Directed by Kiri and Sari Delena
Written by Ericson Acosta, Kiri Delena, Keith Sicat, Kerima Tariman
December 10 9pm
GIVE UP TOMORROW
As a tropical storm beats down on the Philippine island of Cebu, two sisters leave work and never make it home. That same night, hundreds of miles away in Manila on a different island, Paco Larrañaga, 19, is at a party, surrounded by dozens of reliable witnesses. The missing women, Marijoy, 21,and Jacqueline Chiong, 23, are Chinese-Filipinos. Paco, accused of their rapes and murders, is a Spanish mestizo who belongs to a political clan that includes a former president. Beefy and tough, with a past of petty offenses, he neatly fits the role of privileged thug – and that is how he is cast by a frenzied media circus that swarms his arrest and trial, and cheers his eventual sentence to death by lethal injection. Reflecting schisms of race, class, and political power at the core of the Philippines’ tumultuous democracy, clashing families, institutions, and individuals face off to convict or free Paco.
Starring Paco Larrañaga
Directed by Michael Collins
Written by Michael Collins, Eric Daniel Metzgar, Marty Syjuco
Produced by Marty Syjuco
The screenings from December 8 were moved to this day.
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December 12 6:30pm
Q&A with Mike Alcazaren
The film follows the story of Amir, a counterfeit painter, who figures in a freak car accident that renders him color blind. While recuperating, strange things start happening to him.
Starring Ian Veneracion, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Lauren Young, Leo Rialp, Bryan Pagala
Written and Directed by Mike Alcazaren
December 12 9pm
Ang Unang Pelikula ni Mike De Leon (1976)
Q&A with Screenwriter Doy Del Mundo
A suspense drama that touches on paranormal themes (i.e. ghosts and spiritual possession), “Itim” was Mike De Leon’s debut feature that’s consistently included in a lot of critics’ lists of all-time best Filipino films. The acclaimed film was a first for many of today’s cinema mainstays. Apart from being Mike De Leon’s first film, It was the first acting role for Charo Santos (Concio); it was the first film assignment of Mel Chionglo as production designer; it was the first screenplay credit for Gil Quito (co-written with his brother -in-law Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.); multiple-Urian winner Cesar Hernando had his first stint as stills photographer in this film; it was the first film for its co-cinematographers, Rody Lacap and Ely Cruz. Says festival programmer Ting Nebrida, “this was my first film experience, period. After graduation, I was hired by Mike to apprentice under him as script supervisor. The rest is history for everyone who met while making this film.” “Itim” will screen on Friday, December 12, at 9pm. The film stars Charo Santos, Tommy Abuel, Mona Lisa, and Mario Montenegro. Screenwriter Clodualdo ‘Doy’ del Mundo will be in attendance to do a Q&A after the screening. Tickets are Php 200. Screening the same evening at 6:30pm is Mike Alcazaren’s “Puti” which writer/director Alcazaren says was inspired by Mike De Leon’s classic film. -Ting Nebrida
News clipping courtesy of Ting Nebrida