Sunday, 13 May 2018

My Verdict For CineFilipino Film Festival 2018





Alex lives in an impoverished area of informal settlers and works as a low-rent gun-for-hire. Upon finding out that he is to have a baby with his girlfriend, he makes a choice of doing one last hit before he leaves the life of crime for good. 


My Verdict: 3/5




Sari is the perfect stage wife to his method actor husband, until he gets the role of a lifetime and threatens to kill her ‘character.’


My Verdict: 3.5/5




In a Barrio Fiesta, Claudia bought an image of a saint named San Vargas, the patron of true faith, as an addition to her collection of religious images. Few days after, she notices that the image has blood. She thinks it's a miracle. Then, a series of death occured in their parish/community as Claudia starts to change from being gentle to mysterious. Her "faith" leads her darkness.


My Verdict: 3/5



Andres, a depressive motivational speaker and self-help author in his early 40’s flies to Korea for a book signing. Worn out from his usual routine, pressured to make it to the deadline of his next book, burdened by an event in his past, Andres sinks deeper and deeper into his melancholia and disillusionment. 


My Verdict: 4/5



An absolutist soldier who lost an eye in battle opens a new "eye" that makes him see his fallen brothers and accomplish their life missions.


My Verdict: 3.5/5





Excuse Me Po is the story of Hilda, a 65 year old who makes a living out of begging inside and outside of the mall.
 

My Verdict: 3.5/5




Pagkat hindi naman daw puso talaga ang nagdidikta kundi ang ating Hypothalamus, isang maliit na bahagi ng utak na siyang kumikilala sa pag-ibig, maging sa gutom, uhaw, pagnanais. Marahil ‘sing liit ng Avenida sa pusod ng Maynila, kung sa’n nagsasanga-sanga ang landas nina Caloy (27), trabahador sa ukayan, Lando (60’s), may-ari ng isang repair shop. Alex (19), estudyante at ni Obeng (40’s) isang magnanakaw. 


My Verdict: 4/5



Delia, 76, just found out she is dying. Her husband, Sammy, 81 relies on her to take care of him as they’ve never had children. Sammy has diabetes, gout, and showing signs of Alzheimer's. Both have never been good people their whole lives. Delia was the stuck-up ex-movie star, and Sammy was a hard ex-military man. With Sammy having severed his ties with his remaining family long ago, the now old, frail and dying Delia has to track them down. Using their trusty old Mercedes Benz, the two will travel far and out in the hopes to find forgiveness and acceptance during their last days.



My Verdict: 4/5



Short Films 



An aging Caucasian man chats with his young Filipina lover only to witness the harsh social ills and injustices around the life of the young Filipina.


My Verdict: 4/5



A family of Lumad keeps their eldest daughter's aspirations by immortalizing her into a myth, blurring the line between reality and folklore.


My Verdict: 3/5




Luisa, a 70 year old woman is introduced to the internet by her friend, Guada and explores an online dating site to relieve her loneliness.


My Verdict: 4/5





Gab wants to introduce her best friend Mari to Boyet. The thing is only Gab can see Boyet. 


My Verdict: 4/5

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While in the middle of prenuptial shoot. An engaged couple struggles to project their ideal image, which leads them to re-examine their own intentions


My Verdict: 3.5/5



A group of friends gather around a TV set to watch the creepy late night Halloween Special of "Gabi ng Kababalaghan"


My Verdict: 4/5


Drunken customers of a small bar end up fighting over a song in the karaoke machine.


My Verdict: 3/5





After a boa accident, a young girl gets stranded in a remote island and meets an old mysterious creature as she searches for her father

My Verdict: 3/5



A former hired killer confesses all his crimes, so that an unknown politician may use his confession for political leverage


My Verdict: 3.5/5




Three young brothers needing cash take a job in the gold mines of Mt. Diwalwal not realizing that death awaits them


My Verdict: 4/5


Student Short Films



Santa Nena, a patron saint statue that springs to life every night, suddenly falls in love with a teenager even though God forbids her.


My Verdict: 4/5


 
As the Philippines welcomes its 100th millionth baby. Jun-jun undergoes circumcision.


My Verdict: 3.5/5



Ren, a gay college student, half-heartedly lets go of his activist suitor Lenny, believing that his rebel partner is still alive despite rumors that their group has been ambushed


My Verdict: 3.5/5





Philippines, 2023. On his way home to celebrate his daughter's birthday. Jocy, a security guard encounters strange experiences similar to what he encountered in his recent nightmare.


My Verdict: 3/5




An outcast college student strikes an unlikely friendship with a street-smart cigarette vendor with a shared passion for poetry

My Verdict: 3.5/5



A T'boli tribe dancer experiences a tragic turn of events in her pursuit of a good life for her family


My Verdict: 3/5




After the Tubong, a welcome ceremony performed in Marinduque, 10 year old Pablo tries to pursue his long time crush whom he hasn't seen in a long time


My Verdict: 3/5


 My Ranking

Full Length

                1. The Eternity Between Seconds
                2. Gusto Kita With All My Hyphotalamus
                3. Delia and Sammy
                4. Excuse Me Po
                5. Mga Mister Ni Rosario
                6. Mata Tapang
                7. Hitboy
                8. Poon

Short Films

                1. Boyet Loves You
                2. Siyudad Sa Bulawan
                3. Luisa and Guada
                4. Gabi ng Kababalaghan
                5. Palabas
                6. Ate, Kuya, Gusto Kong Kape
                7. .Raw
                8. Lasingtunado
                9. Aponibolinayen at ang mga batang lumilipad
                10. Duyan ng Alon


Student Short Films

                1. Santa Nena
                2. Mark and Lenny
                3. Tugma
                4. Binata Na
                5. Happy Birthday, Mylene, 2023 Ka Na
                6. Rufyla
                7. Amusin Pa
                

Best Male Performances

Nico Antonio - Delia and Sammy
Aaron Villaflor - Mata Tapang
Adrian Cabido - Hitboy
Nicco Manalo - Gusto Kita With All My Hyphotalamus
TJ Trinidad - The Eternity Between Seconds
Jaime Fabregas - Delia and Sammy
Joross Gamboa - Mga Mister Ni Rosario


  Best Female Performances

Elizabeth Oropesa - Excuse Me Po
Rosemarie Gil - Delia and Sammy
Iana Bernardez - Gusto Kita With All My Hyphotalamus
Kate Alejandrino - Mga Mister Ni Rosario 
Chanel Latorre - Excuse Me Po 
 

Best Sound: The Eternity Between Seconds

Best Music: The Eternity Between Seconds

Best Editing: The Eternity Between Seconds

Best Production Design: Gusto Kita With All My Hyphotalamus

Best Cinematography: Gusto Kita With All My Hyphotalamus

Best Screenplay: Excuse Me Po

Best Director: Alec Figuracion - The Eternity Between Seconds 

Best Picture: The Eternity Between Seconds
 


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