Sunday, 19 October 2014

Cinema One Originals 2014: INTENSE

Now on its 10th year Cinema One Originals Film Festival with this year's theme INTENSE has chosen to allocate a budget of P2-million for the production of the ten selected films. Here are the following entries:

1. Red
    Directed By: Jay Abello
    Starring: Jericho Rosales, Mercedes Cabral
    Synopsis: An action film of  how mere gossip rocked a town’s circuit of local
                  drug dealers, junkies, and vagabonds in Bacolod. Red, a
                  legendary fixer in the underground world of Visayas, is called to  
                  patch things up – but he soon finds himself framed for the very
                  thing he was asked to repair, forced into decisions that put his 
                  life at stake.
2. Bitukang Manok
    Directed By: Alec Figuracion
    Starring: Mara Lopez, Guji Lorenzana, Kate Alejandrino, Teri Malvar
    Synopsis: A horror in the tradition of  Twilight Zone, the film shows four 
                  cars stranded in the EME road to Bicol. A group of  travelers soon
                  realize that they are driving in circles and decide to work
                  together to break free – but slowly, they find out that stranger 
                  forces are at work.  

3. Seoul Mates
    Directed By: Nash Ang
    Synopsis: A sweet comedy of a man and woman who fatefully meet on a 
                  bridge just at the moment that they attempt to jump from it. 
                  They arrange and schedule their deaths with each other, but    
                  something goes wrong.They fall in love – a situation further 
                  complicated because the two are not exactly the traditional  
                  man and woman tandem.  

4. That Thing Called Tadhana
    Directed By: Antoinette Jadaone
    Starring: Angelica Panganiban, JM De Guzman
    Synopsis: A romance-comedy in the tradition of  “Before Sunrise”. The film 
                  asks the questions  “Where do broken hearts go?” and tells the 
                  story of a woman struggling to meet airline baggage
                  requirements who meets a man who comes to her aid. Both in
                  despair out of love, they form a charming friendship that will take
                  them to Sagada in their attempts to mend each other’s hearts.                 
5. Hindi Sila Tatanda
    Directed By: Malay Javier
    Starring: Kean Cipriano, Ketchup Eusebio Mara Lopez, and Dawn Jimenez
    Synopsis: A sci-fi teen flick about the Pangasinan U.F.O. sightings in the 
                  90’s, where three childhood friends enter a love trapezoid with an
                  alien. This is how an alien shows what it means to be truly  
                  human-in-love, in its pursuit to mate with a girl whose heart 
                  belongs to two human friends.

6. The Babysitter
    Directed By: Paolo O’Hara
    Starring: Katya Santos, Jason Gainza
    Synopsis: A comedy of errors of a couple instructed to babysit a kidnapped 
                  child. However, when the kidnappers order them to kill the baby, 
                  they flee instead and raise him as their own.            
7. Lorna
    Directed By: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
    Starring: Sharmaine Buencamino, Felix Roco
    Synopsis: A midlife comedy drama of a woman’s romantic life—a story of
                  being alone, growing old, looking for love, and moving on. Lorna, 
                  already in her 60’s, finds an online lover and an old flame that  
                  will turn her life upside down. But at her age, is love too late for
                  a woman like Lorna?           

8. Soap Opera
    Directed By: Remton Siega Zuasola
    Starring: Lovi Poe, Rocco Nacino
    Synopsis: The story of a modus gone wrong, wherein a couple seduces
                  foreigners to visit the Philippines with the promise of marriage
                  to con them for their money. This is a comic drama about how a 
                  local soap opera brings the scheming couple and their foreign 
                  victim closer as they play family to support their sick son whose 
                  only relief is the fantasy world of Ramini, his favorite television 

9. Esprit de Corps
    Directed By: Kanakan Balintagos
    Starring: Sandino Martin,  JC Santos,  Lharby Policarpio, Garry Lim, Abner 
                 Delina Jr, VJ Mendoza
    Synopsis: An adaptation of Auraeus Solito’s play in the 1980’s about the 
                  game of seduction and ranks in the ROTC. A queer story of two 
                  cadets and their pursuit to outwit a corrupt Major Marcus for his 
10. Violator
      Directed By: Eduardo Dayao
      Starring: Victor Neri, Anthony Falcon, RK Bagatsing, Timothy Mabalot, 
                   Andy Bais and Joel Lamangan
      Synopsis: A psycho-horror set in the brink of an apocalypse. Three 
                    policemen with nowhere to go and everything to lose meet a 
                    mysterious stranger in their precinct that will force them to 
                    confront a darker secret amidst them.


Cinema One Originals  2014 will be held from November 9 – 18 2014 at Glorietta, Fairview Terraces, Greenhills Promenade and Trinoma.


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