Saturday, 17 October 2015

Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2015: Kakaiba Ka Ba?

A promising and diverse line-up which feature different stories have made the cut for this year’s Cinema One Originals Festival, coming from a pool of veteran and up-and-coming film makers who are allocated with P2 million each to showcase their films this November for the annual film fest.
The following are the Official Finalists

Baka Siguro Yata is a comedy drama which revolves around Carlo, a 29-year old unambitious graphic designer whose only passion is to play music with his co-unambitious long-time friends. After discovering that his girlfriend of 6 years is a lesbian, he seeks to find refuge on a one-night stand with a high school classmate named Melissa. However, Melissa gets pregnant which in turns everything in disarray. Melissa’s sister and her boyfriend mulls over their planned first sex but gets cold feet due to what happened to her sister. Carlo’s divorced parents, on the other hand, discreetly starts seeing each other as they rekindle their 20 year old relationship by having an affair and secret meetings while they cheat on their new partner. Baka Siguro Yata tells a story of love within three generations. It tells how each generation understand and perceive the idea of love.

Starring:  Dino Pastrano, Valerie "Bangs" Garcia, Cherie Gil , Ricky Davao, Katrina "Hopia" Legaspi, Boo Gabunada , Chanel Latorre, Anna Luna, Alex Medina, Nicco Manalo, Jerald Napoles

Written and Directed By: Joel Ferrer

Mga Rebeldeng May Kaso (Rebels with A Case) is about the aftermath of the so-called People Power Revolution of 1986, spawning a group of young dreamers bewildered, wondering, and wandering, discovering the fire of youth, the loss of innocence, the journey into the core of one’s being, immersing themselves in a brewing new alternative culture and a little known and lowly regarded revolution of sorts – the emergence of a new underground, independent, and alternative cinema.

Starring: Epy Quizon, Earl Ignacio, Nicco Manalo, Felix Roco

Directed By: Raymond Red

A story that follows a 32-year-old former famous actress who loses everything in her life and decides to commit suicide. On the day she decides to kill herself, she receives a package containing four letters and a dead man’s ashes.

Starring: Kaye Abad, Patrick Garcia

Directed By: Ivan Andrew Payawal

Dahling Nick is a documentary drama exploring the life and works of National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin, who only accepted the National Artist Award on the condition the Marcos administration release a well-known writer who was being unjustly detained during Martial Law.  Depicting the “inner world” of this canonical writer, who wrote both novels as well as journalistic works, the juxtaposition of documentary interviews, episodes from his life, and evocative imagery from his literary pieces will create a cinematic collage.

 Starring: Raymond Bagatsing, Alessandra De Rossi

Screenplay By: Sari Dalena, Keith Sicat and Kris Lanot Lacaba

Directed By: Sari Dalena

Manang Biring is a comedy-drama about a feisty but terminally-ill old lady who has learned to accept her imminent demise. Until one day, she receives a letter from her long-estranged daughter abroad announcing of her return for the holidays. As she races against time with her declining health, Biring will go to great lengths to prolong her life and gift her daughter and grandson a Happy Christmas. 

 Starring: Erlinda Villalobos, Angelina Kanapi , Alchris Galura, Patrick Sugui, Glaiza de Castro, Lance Raymundo, Cherry Pie Picache, Kathleen Pador, John Carlo Tan 

 Directed By: Carl Joseph E. Papa

Rashid, Jinky, Tisoy and Momoy are peddlers and petty criminals in the streets. When Jinky disappears during a heist, the boys presume she goes with the taxi driver they victimize, giving him an unsolicited sexual service. Danny, the taxi driver, actually brings Jinky home and exploits her as a house maid. The boys proceed with their normal thievery, and at the same time search for Jinky. In one of their misadventures, Moy, the youngest lad, got hit by a speeding car and dies.

Rashid, the Moslem boy, is left with the task on how to bury Moy in the public cemetery. He knows nothing about Christian burial customs. He ends up in a brawl with Tisoy who refuses to help him look for money. 3 years before, Rashid escapes imprisonment after he stabbed his classmate with a knife over a petty altercation

Tisoy proceeds to look for Jinky, his girlfriend. But instead of finding her, he sees an awe-inspiring apparition of a SUPER GIRL HEROINE wherever he goes. Maybe he is just missing Jinky so much, or he is longing for his mother who abandons him in the bus station when he was a kid. Or maybe he is simply high with “Solvent”.

Meantime, Jinky realizes that she’s being used as a pawn to offset an ongoing threesome between her abductor, Danny, his wife, and her paramour. Danny wants to engage Jinky’s criminal skill against his wife’s lover. Out of loyalty and gratitude, Jinky agrees to help Danny. That’s what he thought, until Jinky reveals the darkest seed of her ominous nature—surprising Danny down to his unexpected demise.

After burying Moy, Rashid finally retreats to his hometown province and faces his classmate’s parents to ask for their forgiveness. They have been waiting for him for a long time.

Tisoy moves ahead and joins a new gang of teenagers engaged in Akyat –bahay activity and the infamous riding in tandem modus operandi.

Starring: Zaijan Jaranilla, Teri Malvar, Sam Quintana, Bon Lentejas and Kayline Alcantara with OJ Mariano, Anna Luna, Mike Liwag and special participation of Lou Veloso, Junjun Quintana, Flor Salanga and Ruby Ruiz.

 Directed By: Ralston Jover

Amidst legalized corruption, a son proves to his father that he is fit to survive in a dog-eat-dog world.

Starring: Junjun Quintana, Ricky Davao, Bernard Laxa, Elora Espano, Toie Lustre Anson, Renaissance, Gloria Sevilla, Mark Nepomuceno, Ricky Ibe, Moises Magisa 

Directed By: Bor Ocampo

Miss Bulalacao is about a young drag queen, Dodong, who joins a barangay gay pageant to gain acceptance in his father’s community. He is instead met with hostility from his father, who chases him to a jungle, where he sobs to a lone bright star. What follows is the strangest night in his entire life, and an even stranger 9 months when he realizes he is pregnant. Dodong deals with ridicule from a barangay who does not believe him.

Starring: Russ Ligtas, Tessie Tomas, Nanette Inventor, Mon Confiado, Kaloy Olavides

Directed By: Ara Chawdhury

In an old house replete with images of Catholic icons and symbols, a young lady struggles with the demented religious fanaticism of her mother, who it seems cannot differentiate between pious fervour and demonic possession- for both exist simultaneously in her being.  The daughter seeks help for mother’s behavior, but as days go by, their relationship turns from harrowing to horrific, as strange phenomena occur inside the house, driving the daughter to evade and overcome her mother’s deranged machinations.

Starring: Bing Pimentel, Max Eigenmann, Paolo Paraiso, Lou Veloso

Written By: Sheron Dayoc, Honee Alipio and Sher Bautista

Directed By: Sheron Dayoc

Cinema One Originals 2015 Festival will be held from November 8 – 17 2015 at Glorietta, SM Megamall, Resorts World Manila and Trinoma Cinemas.

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