Monday, 13 June 2016

World Premieres Film Festival Filipino New Cinema 2016 Official Entries

The 3rd World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) celebrates the power and magic of film by featuring a dazzling array of human narratives and cultural diversities, providing a unique opportunity for talented international and local filmmakers to reach new audiences in the Philippines, and across Asia’s rapidly growing film climate.

 Father Greg, a diocesan priest, is reassigned to a parish up in the mountains. His relationship with a young woman named Carla, has produced a child. He meets the parish priest, Father Alejo, an old friend who is addicted to drinking. During a healing Mass, Father Greg is introduced to the town's powerful couple, Julian and Millett who strike a friendship with the new priest. One night, Father Greg discovers the lifeless body of Julian in the church premises.

He embarks on a mission to help solve the crime, a mission which leads him to the discovery of his own personal salvation.

Starring: Eddie Garcia, Aiko Melendez, Ricky Davao, Diana Zubiri, Allen Dizon, Elora Españo

Directed By: Mel Chionglo


 Three stories, one day in EDSA. An opportunistic entrepreneur, (Hayden Kho), develops a bond with a streetkid (John Manalo), trying to help him get to his business meeting in Makati, after losing his cellphone to a snatcher. A teacher (Sue Prado) from the province haggles with a former OFW, turned taxi driver (Allen Dizon), whether the country should follow world standards in basic education requirements. And a snatcher (Aljur Abrenica) trying to reform himself with the help of a nurse (Kris Bernal) by trying to return what he stole. Three stories all asking the same thing: what matters most, the collective or the individual gain?

Starring:Aljur Abrenica, Kris Bernal, Allen Dizon, Joem Bascon, Hayden Kho, John Manalo, Sue Prado, Mara Lopez, Simon Ibarra, Lance Raymundo

Directed By: Alvin Yapan

 One woman’s journey through a century of love, war and discovery.
Curiosity, Adventure & Love is a the story of a woman raised by fate to go boldly where few young women of her time and upbringing would go.. into the arms of chance and life. A young American woman leaves her country and all security behind, to begin an adventure in the Philippines that would witness the birth of a nation, a cruel war and Occupation and reconstruction. Jessie, is a striking personality, somewhere between Scarlett O’Hara and Amelia Earhart, who knew no boundaries and flew far ahead of her times, without regard to sex or society. Her story of a century well-lived is both rich and one that should restore our faith in our own humanity.
Starring: Jessie Lichauco

Directed By: Sunshine Lichauco de Leon and Suzanne Richiardone

This story reveals the physical and emotional struggles of LenLen with Down Syndrome disabilities, played by Marielle Therese. It features the challenges she faces in a society that many perceives her presence as limitations. Yet, her existence intensifies the emotions of those people around her.
This groundbreaking movie captures the invaluable story of Emong, a brother who raises a special child. Despite the greatest barriers Lenlen plays, her brother’s love strengthens and lingers.

Starring: Johan Santos, Marielle Therese, Nico Gomez, Maya Samson, Adrian Ramirez

Directed By: Ronaldo Bertubin

 Memory Channel is an edgy film that tackles anxiety/ panic attacks triggered by retrograde amnesia in a person desperately seeking and rebuilding a distorted past. He realizes in the end that his future cannot and must not be defined solely by his past. His present is as relevant as his past to his future.
Starring: Gerald Santos, Epy Quizon, Bodjie Pascua, Michelle Vito

Directed By: Raynier F. Brizuela

This is a story of the journey of  3 souls heading towards healing and redemption. RINGGO (Sandino Martin) is a 16-year old boy who works as a dog-shooter (the one who assists in mating the dogs with breed -- he will see to it that the private parts of the stud and bitch will be locked during the mating and no sperm will be put to waste in the process).

Ringgo works for BONG, (Janice De Belen) a 40-year old lesbian who is a breeder of dogs. One of Bong’s dogs is Inca, who is a troubled Doberman. Things will get complicated when Ringgo, Inca and Bong developed a relationship as if they were really mother and child, and get entangled in each other’s personal issues and becomes each other’s protector and defender.

The one that ties the three of them is that invisible umbilical cord... the cord of love and sacrifice.

Starring: Sandino Martin, Janice De Belen, Liza Diño, Bembol Roco, Manuel Chua, Rubi Rubi, 
Micha Oteyza, Bodjie Pascua

Introducing: Inca (doberman)

Directed By: Rahyan Carlos 

This year’s WPFF presents the Filipino New Cinema section from June 29 to July 10, 2016, a celebration of our Filipino filmmaking talent in the country. The Filipino New Cinema section brings contemporary Filipino films to cinema screens in Manila taking to the venues Cinematheque Centre Manila, Ayala Cinema, Uptown Cinema, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 3, and Shang Cineplex.

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