Saturday, 12 November 2016

Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2016 Official Entries

Narrative Feature

Alex is a 23 year old gay girl based in Manila. She is out to most people except her best friend- Jess who she has been secretly in love with since they were kids. When Jess discovers the truth about Alex, they are forced to confront the feelings they have for each other. 

Starring: Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Louise delos Reyes 
with Kate Alejandrino, Gio Gahol, Nelsito Gomez. Cheska Inigo. Lexter Tarriela

Introducing Raymond Ang, Gabbie Tatad, Paolo Lorenzana

Written and Directed by: Samantha Lee

Stories abound in Cebu about a woman rumored to be a murderous monster, but behind the myth is a mother seeking justice.

Go home, Lily is coming.

Starring: Shaina Magdayao, Rocky Salumbides and Natileigh Sitoy with guest appearances of Lav Diaz and Eula Valdez

Written by Timmy Harn & Pam Miras

Directed By: Keith Deligero  

Drug-dealing and sex-starved goons mistakenly disturb the peaceful lives of a frail witch and her nubile grandchild in a remote town in the mountains.

Starring: Peewee O'Hara, Kristoffer King, Mae Paner, Rosie Crawford, Sang Pascual, Sarah Brakensiek,  with special participation of Ricky Davao

Introducing: Rhen Escaño, Josh Bulot, Gio Gahol

Written and Directed By: Jules Katanyag

Tisay (Christina) works as a middle woman for a Gambling Kingpin, she collects bets from blue collared workers, runs dirty errands for the Gambling kingpin, and uses sex as her ultimate weapon for persuading and convincing people to do deals. Things get complicated when Tisay is assigned to Simon, a barangay league basketball superstar with high hopes of making it the Professional league. Simon is good-natured, idealistic, somehow naïve basketball player who falls in love with Tisay in the Process. Simon finds himself in a different world filled with shams, crime and violence, now will his idealistic persona survive.

Starring: Joel Torre, JC De Vera, Nathalie Hart, Gerard Acao, Mailes Kanapi, Isabelle Granada

Directed By: Borgy Torre

It is a custom in some towns in Pangasinan to offer a life of an animal when constructing buildings, but one day during the town’s fiesta they discover the body of a young boy that leads to a chain of story and a chain of deaths.

Starring: Allen Dizon, Angeline Quinto, Luz Fernandez, Richard Quan, Dexter Doria, Menggie Cobarrubias, Marcus Madrigal, Althea Vega, Timothy Castillo

Directed By: Jose Abdel Langit

 A quirky love affair between a mentally unstable girl who thinks her husband is abducted by aliens and her husband’s brother whose romance for her remains a sci-fi impossibility.

Starring: Rap Fernandez, Valeen Montenegro, Antoinette Taus

Directed By: Malay Javier

2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten is set in the late 90's in Pampanga a decade after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Highschool sophomore Felix, dusgusted about his poor living conditions, finds an outlet in a journal-writing exercise for his English class.

At first, his journal is peppered with cynical obeservations against his teachers and classmates. But when two half-American students-the Snyder brothers-transfer to his school, he finds himself gravitating toward their mysterious personalitites.

In spite of their aloofness, the Snyder brothers become instant campus sensations, thanks to their distinct looks. When the older Snyder asks Felix to tutor him in Geometry, Felix immediately grabs the chance not only to earn dollars but also to fulfill his burgeoning albeit hidden attraction for the Snyder brothers.

His increased interactions with the brothers slowly unearth desires within Felix which he never confronted before. As he penetrates the private lives of Snyder brothers, he learns that their lives aren't as glamorous as people think. Things spiral out of control when a sinister plot to murder the mother of the Snyder brother arises, leaving death and devastation along its path.

Starring: Khalil Ramos, Ethan Salvador, Jameson Blake

Screenplay by: Jason Paul Laxamana

Directed By: Petersen Vargas

Documentary Feature

Once upon a time, you were born. In the Philippines, there was no science education when you were a child. When they began to offer it in your adulthood, you leapt at the chance and studied harder than everyone else. You learned of kingdoms and species and genes and atoms. Science helped you to see  the bigger world beyond.  You studied so well, an American university paid you to keep studying with them, so you left. You gained mystery over the evolution of birds there, but you missed home the whole time. You lost your first wife and son to Science. So with degree in hand, you went back to your people. You fund that they had burned their forests, and had exploded their seas. So you gave a new bird to your people: because, now you knew how to use it to save them. This was the piding. And the rest is the story of Oliver Carlos.

Starring : Spanky Manikan, Matthew Zaldarriaga

Directed By: Gym Lumbera

Forbidden Memory summons remembrances and memories of the fateful days in September 1974 when about 1,500 men from Malisbong and neighboring villages in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat were killed while 3,000 women and children were focibly taken to naval boats stationed nearby where they encountered unspeakable horror. For 40 years, the survivor lived in relative silence. Now they tell their stories.

Directed By: Teng Mangansakan

A mystery dreamlike portrait of a movie star's horrowing ordeal in the making of a film. This is about Liz Alindongan, then a 19-year old naive newbie star, and director Celso Ad Castillo dubbed as Philippine cinema's messiah. It is structured as a mystery film, making viewers question whether to believe the account of Liz Alindongan.


Starring: Liz Alindongan-Kho, Anna Luna, Elora Españo, Kim Perez

Directed By: John Torres

Cinema One Originals 2016 Schedule here

 Cinema One Originals runs from November 14 to 22, 2016 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Greenhills and Cinematheque.

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