Friday, 4 August 2017

Cinema One Originals "Hamog & Salvage" To Be Screened at Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

The 2015 Cinema One Originals' Selection "Hamog" and Cinema One and Salida Production's horror flick "Salvage" will be screened at the upcoming Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, a novel initiative of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to connect quality Filipino films to a wider audience happening on August 16-22 2017.

These two movies join 10 other notable entries chosen by the FDCP as featured films in the festival scheduled during the country's Buwan ng Wika celebration. The project will have a nationwide release in more thatn 700 theaters nationwide.

Ralston Jover's Hamog (Haze) tells real-life scenarios of four streetchildren who cannot help but resort to the routine of crime t survive daily life. Two unexpected tragedies soon occur that will challenge and push the kids to make tough choices.

It is the only local film so far that competed in two International Federation of Film Producers Associations or FIAPF A-list festivals and won in both. It earned the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award for Ralston at the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, and the Silver St. George Best Actress Award for lead actress Therese Malvar in Moscow International Film Festival, making her the country's youngest A-list film festival best actress. Aside from the FIAPF recognition, the film also won the Russian Critics Choice Award for Best Film.

Therese's performance in "Hamog" also earned her the New York Asian Film Festival's Rising Star award. Joining her in the cast are Zaijian Jaranilla, Sam Quintania, Bor Lentejas, OJ Mariano, Anna Luna, Mike Liwag, Lou Veloso, and Kyline Alcantara.

The heartbreaking drama likewise reaped four nods at the 2015 Cinema One Originals Film Festival including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing and much-coveted Jury Award.

Meanwhile, the found footage film "Salvage" stars Jessy Mendiola and JC De Vera in a thrilling story of  a reporter in search of clues. A series of killings has occurred in a remote and haunted province, initially believed to be caused by supernatural attacks.

The Sherad Anthony Sanchez's movie was part of the special presentation films in the 2015 Cinema One Originals filmfest. It was cited for Best Editing in last year's Young Critics Circle.

According to a review written by Skilty Labastilla in Young Critics Circle Film Desk, "Salvage does not rely on plot to sustain viewer's interest, rather, it engages by evoking a sense of mystery and increasing dread. The last twenty breathtaking minutes, in particular, offer a masterclass in shoestring suspense film making by ingenious use of camera angles and lighting, sound and film editing, and no- holds-barred acting.

Catch Salvage and Hamog in first ever Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino happening from August 16-22 in cinemas nationwide. 


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