Friday, 1 April 2016

Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2016 Official Entries





Teresa a battered mother in the hands of her husband, Miguel. When their son Miguelito starts to get hurt as violence erupts at its worst, Teresa will seek Temporary Protection Order (TPO) against her husband. Meanwhile, Miguel, together with their son, goes through the same long and arduous process of applying for the custody of their son on the town’s most festive and busiest day.

When they see each other in the middle of the road, an accident will ensue leaving them both destroyed and at the losing end. The narrative will start repeating backwards, the truth will be revealed with scenes that have yet to unfold.


Cast: Oliver Aquino, Mara Lopez, Micko Laurente, Menggie Cobarrubias, and Lui Manansala.


Directed By: Joselito Altarejos 







Jess is a young woman running from her past and moves into the house of a warmhearted landlady. She finds a diary in her room that belonged to an old tenant. As days pass, strange occurrences ensue and the diary’s words take an eerie turn when Jess finds herself in the middle of a malevolent turn of events from a dark past not entirely her own.


Cast: Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee, Sherry Lara, and Miggs Cuaderno.


Directed By: Gino M. Santos








A syndicate old-timer named Ben (Alvin Anson) needs to do one last assignment before the boss he works for grants him his much delayed retirement. Assigned to be his partner is the neophyte Morris (Aljur Abrenica), a trigger-happy, sadist who yearns to impress the syndicate boss. For Ben, this last assignment turns out to be a journey of introspection, self-healing and redemption. With this awakening, he takes it upon himself to pull Morris out of the eventual hell-of-a-life he says he has lived as a hitman. - See more at: http://pop.inquirer.net/2016/03/aljur-abrenica-and-alvin-anson-star-in-expressway-by-ato-bautista/#sthash.7kAC9aGM.dpuf
A syndicate old-timer named Ben needs to do one last assignment before the boss he works for grants him his much delayed retirement. Assigned to be his partner is the neophyte Morris, a trigger-happy, sadist who yearns to impress the syndicate boss. For Ben, this last assignment turns out to be a journey of introspection, self-healing and redemption. With this awakening, he takes it upon himself to pull Morris out of the eventual hell-of-a-life he says he has lived as a hitman.


Cast: Alvin Anson, Aljur Abrenica, Kiko Matos, RK Bagatsing, Inez Bernardo, Jim Libiran, Japo Parcero, and Arpee Bautista.
RK Bagatsing, Kiko Matos, Inez Bernardo, Japo Parcero, Arpee Bautista, and Jim Libiran. - See more at: http://pop.inquirer.net/2016/03/aljur-abrenica-and-alvin-anson-star-in-expressway-by-ato-bautista/#sthash.7kAC9aGM.dpuf


Directed By: Ato Bautista








 Three friends wait along Dalton Pass every dawn to jump at the back of rice delivery trucks to steal the goods and sell it at the wet market as their means of income. One of them accidentally gets a pack of drugs in one of the trucks they jumped and finds themselves in jeopardy when its owners track them down to retrieve the stash, and gives them a chance to get off the hook by means of taking on a risky mission.


Cast: Alchris Galura, Carlo Aquino, Timothy Mabalot, Kristofer King, Liza DiƱo-Seguerra, and Debbie Garcia.


Written and Directed By: Mes De Guzman 








70-year-old Virginia (Elizabeth Oropesa) shares the old ancestral house with Delia (Lotlot de Leon), her ever-loyal maid. Delia is marrying her long-time boyfriend, Rene, and tearfully confides to Virginia that she wants to go home to her parents in the province to start a new family life with him. Haunted by a past that Virginia tries to conquer— her only son Sonny Boy who disappeared years ago, what follows shows a portrait of a woman and a mother trying to juggle the sad realities of life in a cycle of life and death.


Cast: Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot De Leon, Rosanna Roces, Mark Herras, and Ms Anita Linda


 Written and Directed By: Adolf Alix Jr.



Conceptualized and helmed by CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng, together with world-renowned and internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza, Sinag Maynila gives grants to independent filmmakers so they can develop their individual material to a full-length film for public exhibition. Five chosen filmmakers closely collaborated with Tieng and Mendoza. This collaboration resulted in stories that reflect the Filipino culture while illustrating messages that will resonate globally.  - See more at: http://pop.inquirer.net/2016/03/aljur-abrenica-and-alvin-anson-star-in-expressway-by-ato-bautista/#sthash.vGw6Pdpn.dpuf
Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2016 runs from April 21-26 2016 at SM Aura Premier, SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, and SM Megamall







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