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Cinemalaya 2011



A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY FIRST...

The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers – works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine filmmaking by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers. 

Each year, ten fresh talents are given a seed grant in order to create the film of their dreams. These films in the New Breed Full Length Category are then featured in festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines every July and compete for the coveted Balanghai Award. 

Awards are also given in the Short Feature Category and the Directors Showcase. Along with these competition films are an array of exhibitions that include Tributes to Past Indie Mavericks of Pinoy Cinema, a Cinemalaya Kids’ Treats, World Premieres of New Digital Works (the Cinemalaya/NETPAC Prize), and other modules.

Aside from the screenings are other exciting film-related events: the Cinemalaya Film Congress, a two-day conference that looks at all aspects of independent filmmaking and distribution; the Cinemalaya Sine Taktakan, a forum with the year’s batch of new Cinemalaya filmmakers; and a host of other events.
 
CINEMALAYA 2011 PRESENTS...



New Breed



AMOK by Law Fajardo (Mature Content) 
The bustling and sweltering rugged intersection of Pasay Rotonda serves as the main setting for this story of interconnected fate and destiny. As a raging man’s bullets strays into different directions, the fate of several different characters are sealed and determined. As the temperature rises, the tension escalates and the story unravels with unforgiving immediacy and explodes in the end as each one struggles to survive and escape their inevitable end. CAST: Mark Gil, Nonie Buencamino, Garry Lim, Efren Reyes Jr., Spanky Manikan, Dido Delapaz, Archi Adamos, Ermie Concepcion, Lui Manansala, Patricia Ismael, Tuxs Rutaquio, John Arceo, Ku Aquino, Roli Inocencio, Acey Aguilar, Amante Pulido, Nico Antonio, Lowell Conales, Ivy Rivero, Xavi Hemady, Wovi Villanueva, Bryan Cabase, Akira Sapla, Michelle Nollora CREATIVE & PRODUCTION STAFF: Director-Lawrence Fajardo, Screenplay-John Bedia, Story-Lawrence Fajardo, Script Consultant-Paul Sta. Ana, Executive Producer-Krisma Fajardo, Director of Photography-Louie Quirino, Producers-Tessa Aquino, Lawrence Fajardo, Asst. Director-Jobin Ballesteros, Production Designer-Lawrence Fajardo, Production Managers-Philip Buena, Ron Capili, Editor-Lawrence Fajardo, Sound-Mike Idioma.



16 July/Sat, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
17 July/Sun, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Mon, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
19 July/Tue, 6:15PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
20 July/Wed, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
21 July/Thu, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
22 July/Fri, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
22 July/Fri, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
23 July/Sat, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
24 July/Sun, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3



ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK by Marlon Rivera

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film. They believe they have a winning script, the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. Like most filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the real essence of our culture: poverty. In the course of one day, they brainstorm and exhaust all possible treatment of their project: the story of Mila (Eugene Domingo), a mother from the slums, who out of desperation to survive, has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible executions of the story, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in Jocelyn’s imagination several times. As a gritty no frills neo-realist film, as a glossy musical, as an over-the-top melodrama and as a docu drama using non-actors. For their last task of the day, they visit the dumpsite for the first time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the ”beauty” of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with reality as they come face to face with the real effects of their chosen subject. Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty. CAST: Eugene Domingo, JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, and special participation of Mercedes Cabral and Cherry Pie Picache. PRODUCTION: Director of Photography-Larry Manda, Production Designer-Reji Regalado, Editor-Ike Veneracion, Musical Director-Vincent de Jesus, Sound Engineers-Albert Michael Idioma, Addiss Tabong, Asst. Directors-Melvin Lee, Julius Alfonso, Creative Supervisor-Chris Martinez, Head of Production-Grace Quisias, Line Producer-Madonna Tarrayo, Executive Producers-Chris Martinez, Marlon Rivera, Josabeth Alonso, John Victor Tence, Screenplay-Chris Martinez, Directed by Marlon Rivera.



16 July/Sat, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
17 July/Sun, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
17 July/Sun, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
18 July/Mon, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
19 July/Tue, 12:45PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
19 July/Tue, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
20 July/Wed, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
21 July/Thu, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
22 July/Fri, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
23 July/Sat, 6:15PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)


ANG SAYAW NG DALAWANG KALIWANG PAA by Alvin Yapan

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa explores the intersection and divergence between feminist and gay concerns in the third world context, as it features the poetry of Merlinda Bobis, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Joi Barrios, Rebecca Anonuevo, Benilda Santos and Ophelia Dimalanta. When Marlon, a college student, stalks Karen, his literature professor, he finds out that she moonlights as a choreographer and dance teacher in a dance studio. Frustrated over his performance in her literature class, he plans to impress her instead by learning to poeticize his body movements and enroll in her dance class. He hires his classmate to teach him the basics of dancing. As Dennis, his tutor, teaches him how his body should move, Marlon begins to understand the intersections between the art of poetry and dance. This opens up his world to new insights about the life of Karen as a single woman who chose to live the life of an artist in a third world setting. Marlon begins to understand how the poems being discussed by Karen in class are testaments to her choice to stand by her art. CAST: Paulo Avelino, Rocco Nacino and Ms. Jean Garcia Featuring the FEU Dance Company with the special participation of Company of Dance Artists (CODA) CREW: Writer and Director-Alvin B. Yapan, Executive Producers-Alemberg Ang and Alvin Yapan, Producer-Tonee Acejo, Editor-Mai Dionisio, Production Designer-Aped Santos, PDGP, Director of Photography—Arvin Viola, Music-Christine Muco and Jema Pamintuan, Choreography-Eli Jacinto.


16 July/Sat, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
17 July/Sun, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Mon, 6:15PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Mon, 9:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
19 July/Tue, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
20 July/Wed, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
21 July/Thu, 10:00AM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
23 July/Sat, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
24 July/Sun, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3


BAHAY BATA by Eduardo Roy
Sarah is a nurse at a Public Maternity Hospital. The hospital is abuzz with pregnant mothers of all shapes and sizes in different stages of labor. The hospital is short on staff on Christmas Day so Sarah is forced to put in a double shift. Sarah observes the women coming and going in her ward, noting who is a first-timer and who is a veteran. Meanwhile, the wards are overcrowded : two women and their babies sharing single beds while those in labor are spilling unto the hallways. Sarah takes these all in stride, her heart and mind laboring over her own personal pains. Cast: Diana Zubiri as Sarah, Sue Prado as Hidie, Susan Africa as Rose, Angeli Bayani as Gina, Joey Paras as Don, Joeffrey Javier as Froilan and Timothy Mabalot as Buboy. Production: Director-Eduardo Roy Jr., Executive Producers-Almond Derla, Demy Derla, Marlo Derla, Producer-Ferdinand Lapuz, Creative Consultant-Armand “Bing” Lao, Line Producer-Sarah Pagcaliwagan, Screenplay-Eduardo Roy Jr, Jerome Zamora, Director of Photography-Ogi Sugatan and Jay Abello, Editor-Charliebebs Gohetia, Production Design-Harley Alcasid, Sound-Michael Idioma, Music-Owel Alverio and Francis Salazar, Production Manager-Ianne Onadasan, Art Director-Armand Samonte, Costume-Tessa Aquino, Script Continuity-Gilbert Tongo, Make-up Artist-Ria de Guzman, Talent coordinator-Ferdinand Vinzon, Gaffer-Ronnie Tillado, Footage Dumper-Alfred Perez, Subtitle/trailer editor-Fiona Borres.


16 July/Sat, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
17 July/Sun, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
18 July/Mon, 12:45PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Mon, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
19 July/Tue, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
20 July/Wed, 6:15PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
21 July/Thu, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 9:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
23 July/Sat, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
24 July/Sun, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5


CUCHERA by Joseph Laban (Mature Content)
Based on a true story, Cuchera is about Filipino drug mules, drug couriers and their recruiters. It follows the story of Isabel, a veteran drug mule, in her first attempt at running her own drug transshipment operation between Manila and China. Isabel’s character is based on the story of an actual Filipina drug mule who was caught with eight capsules of heroin lodged in her sex organ, 48 in the rectum and 11 in her abdomen after an x-ray was conducted by Chinese authorities. Cuchera presents an accurate depiction of how some Filipinos end up becoming entrenched in the world of illegal drugs. Currently, the Philippines leads all Southeast Asian countries in the number of nationals arrested for drug smuggling charges in China. As of 2009, there are currently 95 Filipinos languishing in various jails in Chinese territories---four of whom are on death row. Violators include minors who enter China with fake passports. CAST: Maria Isabel Lopez as Isabel, Simon Ibarra as Samuel, CJ Ramos as Lobo, Paolo Rivero as Enzo, Jon Neri as Jonathan, Sue Prado as Lolita, Isadora as Rosa and Kimmy Fajardo as Clarissa.


16 July/Sat, 6:15PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Sun, 9:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
18 July/Mon, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
19 July/Tue, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
20 July/Wed, 12:45PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
21 July/Thu, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
22 July/Fri, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
23 July/Sat, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
23 July/Sat, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5


I-LIBINGS by Rommel Sales
A coming of age story about Isabel’s lessons and realizations on life and death as a funeral videography intern. Due to her family situation, Isabel is cynical and skeptical of everything that comes her way. When she enters the I-libings for her required college internship, she sees it as the worst internship her college adviser could suggest to her. Later as she accumulates her required hours, she realizes that the company is not just a place where videographers make money out of other people’s misfortunes but is a place where the dead and the grieving receive special attention. It all comes full circle when Isabel is faced with an unusual family tragedy. Isabel realizes that her internship might have been just 200 hours, but the lessons that the I-libings left her would last a lifetime. CAST: Glaiza de Castro as Isabel Fabros, Rez Cortez as Eddie Fabros, Louella De Cordova as Mely, Marc Abaya as Kuya Boy, Carlo Aquino as JC, Alchris Galura as Harold, Earl Ignacio as Boss Erwin, Dexter Doria as Legal Wife, Osan Reodica as Rachel, GA Villafuerte as Josel Chua, Valkent Darunday as Renato, Gege Severo as Conrad, Betty Uy Regala as Elaiza, Enzo as Alejandro, Maecon Timbol as Linda. PRODUCTION: Co-production-,Brainchild Studios, Digital Fusion, Bigtop Media and Leather Lane Films, Line Producer-Daphne O. Chiu, Creative Producer-Joe Alandy, Co-Producer-Richard Reyes, Associate Producers-Jombits Quintos, Biianca Balbuena, Romulo Marco Sales,


16 July/Sat, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
17 July/Sun, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
18 July/Mon, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
20 July/Wed, 9:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
21 July/Thu, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
21 July/Thu, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
22 July/Fri, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
23 July/Sat, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
23 July/Sat, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)


LIGO NA U LAPIT NA ME by Erick Salud (Mature Content)
Karl Vladimir Lennon J. Villalobos, aka Intoy, is secretly in love with his friend Jenny, the most beautiful girl in the campus. Jenny is rich and quirky; Intoy is street-smart and ordinary. But this friendship is not simple, since Jenny has bestowed on Intoy some perks and privileges, including going to bed with her on the condition that they will not fall in love with each other. Before graduation, Intoy feels that he has to shed his pretensions of being astig and finally profess his love for Jenny. But he is devastated to learn that Jenny is pregnant. Worse, Jenny tells him: “Don’t worry, this is not yours.” Based on the bestselling novel of Eros S. Atalia, Ligo na U, Lapit na Me is an examination of postmodern love and relationship and the way this generation deals with their love and fear. CAST: Edgar Allan Guzman and Mercedes Cabral. Also starring Mel Kimura, Simon Ibarra, Tolyts “Shalala” Reyes, Evelyn Vargas, Beverly Salviejo, Malouh Crisologo, Jojo Saguin, Joseph Bitangcol, Lucky Mark Mercado, Joe Vargas, Christian Tan, Ian Lazibal, Alex Tiglao, Ardie Bascara. Introducing Victor Medina. Special Guest Appearance of Luis Alandy. PRODUCTION: Story-Eros S. Atalia, Screenplay-Jerry B. Gracio, Cinematogaphy-Alfred F. Hernando, Production Design-Angel Balangon Diesta, Editing-Charliebebs Gohetia, Musical Score-Monet Silvestre, Sound Design-Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia, Assistant Director-Lyan L. Suiza, Line Producer-Charliebebs Gohetia, Production Managers-Remar Mallari and Maxie Evangelista III, Executive Producer-Noel D. Ferrer, Director-Erick C. Salud.


16 July/Sat, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
17 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Sun, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
18 July/Mon, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
20 July/Wed, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
21 July/Thu, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 6:15PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
23 July/Sat, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
24 July/Sun, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5


NIÑO by Loy Arcenas
The once illustrious Lopez-Aranda family has faded. Celia, once the darling of Philippine opera, and Gaspar, a distinguished ex-congressman, lacked the shrewdness to maintain their once elegant status. Saddled with a failed marriage, a vanishing career and mounting debt, Celia sold her share of their house to Gaspar, now bedridden. She managed to stay for free in exchange for being Gaspar’s caregiver. Gaspar loves listening to Celia’s arias. This idyllic arrangement is shattered when he slips into a coma. His daughter, Raquel, comes home from the US, determined to sell the house to salvage her own economic woes abroad. This signals Celia’s impending homelessness. With only a few heirlooms to sell, she is at her wits’ end. A fervent believer of the Sto. Nino, she hopes for a miracle. She dresses up her grandson, Antony, in Sto. Nino robes to prepare him for the coming fiesta. She insists this will invoke a miracle that will awaken Gaspar and stop Raquel from selling the house. Antony’s father, Mombic, while processing his travel papers to work in Dubai, tries to strike a deal with Raquel in selling the property without his mother Celia’s knowledge. Merced, Mombic’s sister, reluctantly takes on the burden of taking care of Celia and a household sliding to ruin. The family members clash in a confrontation that reveals their weaknesses and their hopeless ideals. Mombic leaves his son to the care of his mother and sister, Merced, the only family member who quietly accepts her fate. As a final ditch to awaken Gaspar, Celia holds a tertulia, inviting her aging opera singer friends. They sing arias, oblivious to the ravages of time, crippled reminders of a glorious past. In the middle of a chorus, Gaspar quietly dies, sealing the fate of his sister and the mansion that once was called Villa Los Reyes Magos. Celia looks out into her once beautiful garden. She sees Antony, still in his Sto. Nino robe, playing in the garden, offering a little illusion of hope to a past that can never be rekindled. CAST: Fides Cuyugan Asensio, Shamaine Buencamino, Tony Mabesa , Raquel Villavicencio, Art Acuna, Diana Malahay, Joaquin Valdes and introducing Jhizhelei Deocareza CREATIVE & PRODUCTION STAFF : Director-Loy Arcenas, Screenplay-Rody Vera, Story-Rody Vera & Loy Arcenasa, Producer-Daniel Arcenas & Philippe O. Chambon, Director of Photography-Lee Briones & Jay Abello, Line Producer-Krisma Fajardo, Assistant Director-Issa Lopez, 2nd Assistant Director-Ed Lacson Jr., Production Designer-Laida Lim, Production Managers-Philip Buena, Ron Capili, Editor-Danny Anonuevo, Sound-Mike Idioma, Music-Jerrold Tarog.


16 July/Sat, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
16 July/Sat, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
17 July/Sun, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Mon, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
19 July/Tue, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
20 July/Wed, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
21 July/Thu, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
21 July/Thu, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 12:45PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
23 July/Sat, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)


TEORIYA by Zurich Chan
Teoriya is a story about loss that centers on the film’s main character, Jimmuel Apostol II. After hearing the news that his father has passed away, Jim goes back home to Zamboanga City after leaving ten years ago in bad terms with his father. He arrives in Zamboanga only to find that his father has already been buried and he doesn’t know where. Jim takes a journey around the Zamboanga peninsula and ultimately into his own self, finding the missing piece of his life.Teoriya is a story about loss that centers on the film’s main character, Jimmuel Apostol II. After hearing the news that his father has passed away, Jim goes back home to Zamboanga City after leaving ten years ago in bad terms with his father. He arrives in Zamboanga only to find that his father has already been buried and he doesn’t know where. Jim takes a journey around the Zamboanga peninsula and ultimately into his own self, finding the missing piece of his life. PRODUCTION: Cinematography-Dexter Dela Pena, Editing-Chuck Gutierrez, Production Design-Paul Marquez, Music-Nani Naguit, Line Producer-Charlene Chiong, Associate Producer-Baby Ruth Villarama and Chuck Gutierrez, Written, Produced and Directed by Zurich Chan


16 July/Sat, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
16 July/Sat, 9:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
17 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
18 July/Mon, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
20 July/Wed, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
21 July/Thu, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
21 July/Thu, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
22 July/Fri, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
24 July/Sun, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3



Directors Showcase


BISPERAS by Jeffrey Jeturian
On the eve of Christmas, the Aguinaldo family’s residence is burglarized, causing its members to identify stolen items and uncover lingering sentiments they have hidden from each other. Amidst the tension brought about by the burglary, the Aguinaldo family realizes how treasured sentiments have been lost, relationships have evolved as they arrive from church at a house in shambles. CAST: Tirso Cruz III, Raquel Villavicencio, Julia Clarete, Jennifer Sevilla, Edgar Allan, Aryanna Santiago, Jen Donaire, Kimmy Maclang, Troy De Guzman CREATIVE & PRODUCTION STAFF: Director-Jeffrey Jeturian, Story & Screenplay-Paul Sta. Ana, Executive Producer-Atty. Josabeth Alonso, Creative Producer-Armando Lao, Director of Photography-Roberto Yniquez, Line Producer-Krisma Fajardo, Asst. Director-Lawrence Fajardo, 2nd Asst. Director-Julius Alfonso, Production Designer-Rodrigo Ricio, Stylist/Costume Designer-Tessa Aquino, Production Managers-Ron Capili, Philip Buena, Editor-Lawrence Fajardo, Sound-Mike Idioma, Music-Joseph Lansang.


16 July/Sat, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
17 July/Sun, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
17 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Mon, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
19 July/Tue, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
20 July/Wed, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
21 July/Thu, 6:15PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
22 July/Fri, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
23 July/Sat, 10:00AM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
24 July/Sun, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3


BUSONG by Auraeus Solito
Punay was born with wounds in her feet so that she cannot step on the earth. Her brother, Angkarang, carries her through a hammock, as he searches the changing landscape of Palawan in hoping to find a healer who can cure Punay. Different people help him carry his sister along the way- a woman looking for her husband, a fisherman who lost his boat and a young man who is searching for himself- and each one meets their fate. CAST: Alessandra de Rossi, Dax Alejandro, Clifford Banagale PRODUCTION: Cinematography-Louie Quirino, Editing-Chuck Gutierrez, Production Design-Hai Balbuena, Music and Sound-Diwa de Leon, Executive Producer-Jong de Castro, Screenplay-Kanakan-Balintagos and Henry Burgos, Script Consultant-Armando Y. Lao, Produced by-Auraeus Solito, Hai Balbuena, Baby Ruth Villarama, Chuck Gutierrez and Alfred Vargas, Director-Auraeus Solito.


16 July/Sat, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Sun, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
18 July/Mon, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
19 July/Tue, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
20 July/Wed, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
21 July/Thu, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
22 July/Fri, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
23 July/Sat, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
24 July/Sun, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5


ISDA by Adolfo Alix Jr.
A couple, Lina and Miguel, move into a dumpsite in Catmon, Malabon from Pangasinan. As they adjust to their new abode and surroundings, Lina’s longing to have a child of her own intensifies. Miguel finds a job in a local ice plant while Lina goes with neighbor-scavengers in the nearby dumpster. But when Miguel gets sick and loses his job, he joins his wife in scavenging. Lina finds a burned image of St. Peregrine in the dumpsite and keeps it. Then one day, the news spreads quickly that Lina is pregnant. When her belly has swollen bigger, Lina gets out of her hut to show the world how a fulfilled woman she is. Miguel is a more loving husband than ever. In the middle of a storm, Lina gives birth. Those who witnessed it were shocked---her son is a fish. Miguel cannot accept it. Lina embraces what has happened and treats the fish as her real son. Strange and surreal moments test Lina’s love for her offspring. What unfolds is a fable that questions the needs and compromises of a real family. CAST: Cherrie Pie Picache as Lina, Bembol Roco as Miguel, Anita Linda as Juling, Rosanna Roces as Dolor, Angel Aquino as Cory, Alan Paule as Turing, Evelyn Vargas as Luz and Arnold Reyes as Jaime. PRODUCTION: Production Company-Phoenix Features, Director- Adolfo Alix Jr., Writer- Jerry B. Gracio, Co-Producers-Jonas Antonio Gaffud and Elizabeth Juan, Line Producer- Maan P. Dimla, Associate Director-Armando Reyes, Assistant Director-Benjamin G. Tolentino, Production Manager-Roland Palmes, Location Manager-Robin Palmes, Director of Photography-Albert Banzon, Production Designer-Adolfo Alix Jr., Art Directors-Roland Rubenecia and Jerome Zamora, Editor-Benjamin Tolentino, Sound Design-Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia, Field Sound Recordists- Mark Locsin, Nicolas Varela and Joseph Santos.


16 July/Sat, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
17 July/Sun, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
18 July/Mon, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Mon, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
20 July/Wed, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
21 July/Thu, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
23 July/Sat, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
24 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)


PATIKUL by Joel Lamangan
The long-standing conflict between the military forces and the rebel group Abu Sayaff has severely ravaged the poor town of Patikul in Sulu. Residents have become so accustomed to the armed clashes, that reports of kidnappings and recruitment of young Tausugs to join the rebel groups already became normal news to them. However, Amman, a 33 year old coffee farmer in Sitio Kan-Ague, continues to believe that there is still hope for their town. Amman believes that educating his children would change their present situation. His 9-year old son Fahad is one of Kan-Ague Elementary School’s top students. Fahad’s brilliance and perseverance have led him to represent his school in the annual regional quiz bee. Joined by his best friend Alelie, Fahad goes through rigorous training under Michael Balmes, the principal of Kan-Ague Elementary School. Michael is one of the few volunteer teachers who walk daily through a dangerous path just to get to Kan-Ague. Michael’s constant encouragement and persistence to educate the kids in Kan-Ague gives new promise to the residents of Kan-Ague. However, this hope becomes short-lived after a relative of one of the volunteer teachers dies in an armed encounter between the army and rebels. Little did the residents know that this incident would lead to the death of their beloved principal and, for fear for their own safety, force the teachers to abandon the students of Kan-Ague. The town’s worsening situation compels Amman to take action and convince his co-parents to find a solution, but Amman soon discovers that this won’t be an easy task. Most of the parents are reluctant to cooperate, and he finds no support from the local government. Amman is now faced with two choices: capitulate to the brutality of war or find a way to make the teachers go back to the classrooms of Kan-Ague to teach their children once again. CAST: Marvin Agustin, Allen Dizon, Glaiza de Castro, Ciara Sotto, Dimples Romana, Jaime Pebanco with Martin de los Santos, Angellie Nicholle Sanoy, Jeon Macatangay. PRODUCTION: Line & Supervising Producer: Dennis C. Evangelista; Asst. Directors: Armando Reyes & Julius Alfonso; Production Managers: Raul Caro, Marvin Dela Cruz, Melon "Byuti" P. Antonio; Associate Producers: Jumbo Brumaje & Julieta Gregorio; Story & Screenplay-Kristoffer Brugada, Director of Photography-Monino S. Duqe, Editing-John Anthony L. Wong, Production Design-Edgar Martin Littaua, Music-Von de Guzman, Sound Supervision-Ditoy Aguila, Producer-Joel C. Lamangan, Executive Producers-Ma. Gracia A. Lara, Butch Delos Reyes, Direction-Joel C. Lamangan.


16 July/Sat, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
17 July/Sun, 6:15PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Mon, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
20 July/Wed, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
21 July/Thu, 12:45PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
22 July/Fri, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
23 July/Sat, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
23 July/Sat, 9:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
24 July/Sun, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5



Competition Shorts



Programme A:

  • UN DIUTAY MUNDO by Ana Carlyn Lim
UN DIUTAY MUNDO: An unknown “point of view” witnesses everything that happens in the place where it is located---a dark room occupied by a feral child. It narrates how this child is being treated by the ones who look after him, how curious he is of the world outside, and how he longs to break free from being trapped in that room. Meanwhile, a girl who dreams to be a writer is able to enter the room and get in touch with the feral child. This is the start of the child’s struggle of breaking free from isolation. This was all witnessed and narrated by the “point of view”. But before a bond between the girl and the child tightens, the ones who have been keeping the child from the outside world discovered what has been going on. The “point of view” then unfolds the child’s helplessness because he is still trapped not only in that room but also in his condition. It also tells how the girl fails to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer because she is now trapped in her situation. Lastly, the “point of view” tells how it desires to help the child break free but is unable to do so. The reason lies in the revelation of what the “point of view” is.
  • SAMARITO by Rafa Santos
SAMARITO: Midnight. An adept thief makes his silent way towards a rich couple’s walled compound. He has everything considered: the location of the street-light base to help him vault the perimeter, the vulnerable back gate, the number of steps to the couple’s bedroom. The only thing he didn’t count on is the couple returning early from an aborted night out. The thief steps out of the bedroom to the distinct sound of strife. The couple is in the midst of a heated argument, and the argument only gets hotter from here. The thief watches as the confrontation escalates until the man explodes in rage and floors the woman with a solid punch across the face. The thief is in shock. The man screams at his downed lover and continues to physically pummel her. The thief sneaks back out of the home, but he is not unaffected by what he’s seen. He beats a hasty retreat, but stops in his tracks. He looks back over his shoulder. He takes a deep breath. Does the thief have it in himself to do the right thing? Is his conscience and humanity beyond salvation? Everything will unfold on this unquiet night and nothing will ever be the same again for our thief; the most unlikely of Samaritans. 
  • WALANG KATAPUSANG KWARTO by Emerson Reyes
WALANG KATAPUSANG KWARTO: Ang kwentong ito ay mayroon katapusang…hindi lang halata. Magaganap ang kwento sa isang silid kung saan dito lamang hindi nagtatago ang ating mga karakter. Dahil dito sa silid na ito ay Malaya sila, walang nakakarinig kundi ang apat na pader lamang na naghihiwalay sa kanila sa totoong mundo.Maaring sabihin na ito ay kwento ng pag-ibig. Maari ding hindi...









  • EVERY OTHER TIME by Gino Santos
EVERY OTHER TIME: College and partying are almost synonymous to one another, so are making mistakes. The freedom we have during college can sometimes make us forget the tiniest of our responsibilities. After a night of hard partying, this guy realizes he left something behind. 













  • NINO BONITO by Rommel Tolentino
NINO BONITO: Boni, a little boy from the slums, squares off with the stark reality of drugs, petty crime and abuse armed with his own brand of hip hop and some divine intervention.













16 July/Sat, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
17 July/Sun, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Mon, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
19 July/Tue, 9:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
20 July/Wed, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
20 July/Wed, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
21 July/Thu, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
22 July/Fri, 10:00AM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
23 July/Sat, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)

Programme B:
  • HANAPBUHAY by Henry Frejas
HANAPBUHAY: A day in the life of a man who’s trying to make a living for his family as he is confronted by the ironies of the realities of life. And death.
  • OLIVER'S APARTMENT by Misha Balangue

OLIVER'S APARTMENT: This short film is about a man named Oliver who has not left his apartment over seven years. An obsessive-compulsive germaphobe, he has everything delivered to him and he lives each day the same. One day he receives a postcard and things start to unravel.











  • IMMANUEL by Gio Puyat

IMMANUEL: Immanuel is set in speculative Philippines where air pollution has reached irreparable proportions. Air pollution has rendered breathable oxygen scarce. This makes it the main resource around which society revolves. The film follows to protagonists: Leo Sagaysay, a young father and husband who works at the Oxygen Factory, and his wife Rubi. Together they have a son, whom they struggle to support. The appearance of an ex-factory worker at their door sets off a chain of events that leads to the downfall of the Sagaysay family. 








  • DEBUT by Pamela Llanes Reyes

DEBUT: An adolescent girl awakens to the first day of the rest of her life.














  • HAZARD by Mikhail Red
HAZARD: While out driving together, a father and his son discover that they share different principles and perspectives in life. Upon reaching the city’s outskirts, they make an even more disturbing discovery that will push their unstable relationship to its limits. 






















16 July/Sat, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
18 July/Mon, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 4:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
20 July/Wed, 12:45PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute
21 July/Thu, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)
21 July/Thu, 9:00PM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
22 July/Fri, 6:15PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (w/talkback)
23 July/Sat, 11:00AM at the Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
24 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

EXHIBITION

NETPAC Premieres...

NONO by Milo Tolentino (TBC)
Toto, a very outspoken, highly opinionated eight-year-old born with a cleft lip and an open palate sets off to join his school’s Creative Declamation Competition – a contest of narrative drama and eloquence set on the very high- profiled Philippines’ National Language Week celebration. Speech impediment or not, Toto, armed with iron-clad determination and a desire to be treated like everyone else - no more, no less, takes on the challenge with the help of his lovelorn mother, an emotional bully[Badong] and a stray deaf boy [Ogoy] from his neighborhood. Cast: Axl Aeiou Samson, Russel Abulad, Allen Dimaunahan, Ian Galliguez, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Xyris Beatingo. Joemar Sustento, Alejandra Gloriano, Arcele Fernez. Production Team: Producers: Yellowkite Film Productions /Studioindio /Busan International Film Festival /Asian Cinema Fund. Writer. Director. Producer. Editor. Cinematographer. Production Designer: Milo. Line Producer: Toti Reyes. Musical Scorer: Diwa De Leon. Production Manager: Eireena Marie Los Baños. Asssitant Director: Emmanuel Evan Alba. Soundman, Wardrobe Master, 3rd Cameraman: Clydee Tamayo. Technical Assistant, 2nd Cameraman: Dustin Gapasen. Assistant Production Designer, Prop Master, Photographer: Mark Francis Jesalva. (115 Mins)


18 July/Mon, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (talkback)
20 July/Wed, 4:00PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
22 July/Fri, 9:00PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

LIBERACION by Adolfo Alix Jr.
Makoto of the Japanese Imperial Army decided to go into hiding after the Japanese soldiers were defeated in 1945. In the dread of the forest, he decides to struggle despite efforts for him to surrender, thinking the war is not yet over. For a span of almost 20 years, he encounters different situations that will test his persona and his strength to his vow as a Japanese soldier. Cast: Jacky Woo, Mercedes Cabral, Suzuki Sadatsugu, Hideo Muraoka. Production Company: Forward Entertainment. Director/Writer/Editor: Adolfo Alix, Jr. Executive Producer: Jacky Woo. Line Producers: Maxie Evangelista III, Maan Dimla. Director of Photography: Albert Banzon. Production Design: Cyrus Khan. Assistant Director: Benjamin Tolentino. Sound Design: Ditoy Aguila, Junel Valencia. Field Sound Recordist: Mark Locsin.


17 July/Sun, 9:00PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 9:00PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (talkback)
21 July/Thu, 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

HULING HALIK by Zig Dulay
In the midst of celebrating flowers in bloom in Panagbenga Flower Festival, JM (Kenjie Garcia) and ILI (Joeffrey Javier) try to rekindle their withering relationship. On their last day together in Baguio, they plan to do the things they used to do in the past. But everything feels different for JM. Like the fog in the city of mountains, their plans fade away. And just like how the city transformed, everything has changed. JM has to accept the transience in everything, including their relationship, and nothing stays forever. CAST: Kenjie Garcia, Joeffrey Javier, Jayjay Jimenez, Immaculee Madrigal, Patrick Esteban, Jed Medrano, Marc Jacob. PRODUCTION STAFF: Executive Producer: Lex Bonife. Writer/Director: Zig Dulay. Assistant Director: Jayson Jimenez. Cinematographers: Marc Patiag, Triztan Garcia, Zig Dulay. Sound & Music: Dennis Dimaandal. Production Designer: Kenneth Kevin Villanueva, Art Director: Maolen Fadul. Script Continuity: Jaypee Habac, Raschel Samson. Editor: Zig Dulay. Production Manager: Remar Mallari. Asst. Production Manager: Kimmy Buquia. Documentation: Jed Medrano. (82 mins)


20 July/Wed, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (talkback)
22 July/Fri, 4:00PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
23 July/Sat, 6:15PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

BOUNDARY by Benito Bautista
BOUNDARY is inspired by true stories of taxicab drivers of metropolitan Manila. It is set in the urban roadways of Manila during Christmas. Limuel (Ronnie Lazaro), a middle-aged taxicab driver picks up Emmanuel (Raymond Bagatsing), a handsome businessman as his last passenger for the night. Unknown to Emmanuel is Limuel’s conspiracy to bring him to the robbery hideout of Diego (Edwin Nombre), a feisty and volatile robbery gang leader. Their journey together from Cubao to Antipolo is riddled with inescapable tension and bad luck, and the only way out is to face their damnation. Cast: Ronnie Lazaro, Raymond Bagatsing, and Edwin Nombre. Directed by Benito Bautista Screenplay by Benito Bautista and John Bedia Produced by Benito Bautista and Emma Francisco Cinematography by Mccoy Tarnate Edited by Chuck Gutierrez Sound by Raffy Magsaysay.


19 July/Tue, 9:00PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
21 July/Thu, 9:00PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (talkback)
23 July/Sat, 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

LOCAL GIRLS by Ned Trespesces & Onnah Valera
What happens when an odd pair of minimum wage earners working in a seaside resort in Iloilo decide to take a walk on the wild side? Fate is a goody-two-shoes aspiring law student trying to save up tuition money. And Margie is a juvenile delinquent who hates the world. They are best friends despite their difference in temperament. Both girls are perpetually broke, bored with their mundane lives, and are looking for a little adventure. They get exactly what they wish for when they embark on an insane weekend that leaves their world in a state of utter disorder. Cast: August Andong, Tine Genzola Terrenal, Sam Prudente. Main production team: Writer-Director: Ned Trespeces. Producer: Onnah Valera. Editor: Nessa Gabrillo. (60 mins)


16 July/Sat, 4:00PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
20 July/Wed, 6:15PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
22 July/Fri, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (talkback)

THE NATURAL PHENOMENON OF MADNESS by Bebs Gohetia (Mature Content)
Two years after she was raped, a woman agrees to meet with her rapist in the beautiful ruins of Intramuros. As they have the same blood type, her rapist asks her to donate blood for his operation claiming this will lengthen his life and will give him ample time to seek redemption. The woman refuses to do so as she rediscovers she is still a victim of unrequited love towards her rapist. Told in two separate perspectives, the story revolves around how the woman and man pick the pieces of their broken lives after the rape, meeting every so often at places that remind them of their past. They are confronted by the fact that they are both victims of each other: THE WOMAN struggles with loving no one but the man; THE MAN, struggles with his guilt knowing he can't love the woman the way she wants him to.


17 July/Sun, 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
21 July/Thu, 9:00PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
23 July/Sat, 9:00PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (talkback)

SAN LAZARO by Wincy Aquino Ong
San Lazaro is a horror-comedy starring Filipino cult icon Ramon Bautista. Limuel and Sigfried, estranged childhood friends, journey to the remote town of San Lazaro to ask an infamous faith healer for help in saving the life of Limuel’s brother, who becomes possessed by a secret-eater spirit. Cast: Ramon Bautista, Wincy Aquino Ong, Nicco Manalo, Bianca King, Ely Buendia, Allan Forte, Julia Clarete, Kean Cipriano, Earl Ignacio. Director: Wincy Aquino Ong. Cinematographer: Dan Gil. Production Designer: Nestor Abrogena. Music by: Jazz Nicolas & Mikey Amistoso. Sound Design by: Mark McCullie & Dan Galapon. Screenplay by: Wincy Aquino Ong. Story by: Wincy Aquino Ong & Ramon Bautista. Editor: Wincy Aquino Ong. VFX by: Jess Yap. Producers: Wincy Aquino Ong, Dan Gil & Ramon Bautista. Watusi Productions & Ramon Bautista Films. (98 mins)


16 July/Sat, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3 (talkback)
18 July/Mon, 4:00PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
22 July/Fri, 6:15PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

GAYUMA by Alvin Yapan (Mature Content)
Gayuma is a magical tale of love going beyond the boundaries of social class, religious and superstitious beliefs, and urban-rural prejudices. A failed exorcism of a talking and dancing statue of a Child Jesus led a poor sacristan, Delfin, to concoct a love potion to make Carla, a rich girl, fall for him. After Carla drinks the potion and assents to all his advances, Delfin could not believe his luck until he is no longer certain whether Carla really loves him. Delfin descends into a deep sleep of paranoia, from which no medical science could wake him. Carla goes on a pilgrimage to the heart of a lush mountain to overturn the enchantment of the love potion. A possessed statue of a Child Jesus stands between the two lovers. Will their faith bring them closer together or keep them apart? CAST: Mercedes Cabral, introducing Kalil Almonte. PRODUCTION CREDITS: Tonee Acejo as Line Producer, Production Manager and Production Designer. Alemberg Ang as Executive Producer, Assistant Director and Art Director. Ramil Plofino as Associate Producer, Editor and Sound Designer. Eunice Ingrid Toribio as Assistant Production Manager and Location Manager. Alvin Yapan as Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Cinematographer and Production Designer. (86 mins)


17 July/Sun, 9:00PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (talkback)
19 July/Tue, 1:30PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
23 July/Sat, 9:00PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

FOCUS ASIA

Korea: BLEAK NIGHT by Yoon Sunghyun (Gala)
A father (Jo Sung-Ha) is burdened with guilt and confusion over his son's death, a high school student Gi-Tae (Lee Je-Hoon) who took his own life. As the father admits that he was barely present in his son’s life, he vowed to look for answers on his son's death.  Gi-Tae's father desperately looked for his son’s school friends--  Hee-Joon and Dong-Hoon as he wondered what happened to his sons’ best friends.   Director: Yoon Sung-Hyun Cast: Jo Sung-Ha, Lee Je-Hoon, SeoJun-Young, Park Jung Min, Bae Je-Ki, Lee Cho-Hee  Production Company: Kafa Films Distributor: CJ Entertainment Language: Korean  Country: South Korea. (116 mins)


17 July/Sun, 6:15PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
19 July/Tue, 6:30PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 
(w/talkback with filmmaker Yoon Sunghyun & BIFF programmer Cho Young Jung)
21 July/Thu, 4:00PM Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

Indonesia: CHANTS OF LOTUS (Perempuan Punya Cerita) by Upi Avianto, Nia Di Nata, Fatimah Rony, Lasja F. Susatyo Perempuan Punya Cerita is about four women filmmakers tackle four different stories about lives of marginalized women in Indonesia. Sumantri (Rieke Dyah Pitaloka) ded

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mia always dreamt of becoming 5'8" or higher that goes with the reason why she wears higher platforms. She wears lighter makeup these days because her MAN is particular with INNER beauty. She's the same old shopaholic you now, splurging over stuffs that a part goes to charity. Today, she is not writing blogs and promos anymore. She ventured into marketing... selling souls to the devil. And oh wait, on her spare time, she writes short stories of love with tragic ending. Some of her published works are "Cries, Cameras and Actions", "8 folds", "The Boat", "All for Carlie", "Ragnarok Online Love Story" and "Resume of Lovers". 

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