Friday, July 1, 2011

7th Cinemalaya Film Festival: NETPAC Premieres, Focus Asia, Closing Films & Midnite Specials

Here are additional films of the 7th Cinemalaya Film Festival (June 15-24, 2011) happening at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila and Greenbelt 3 in Makati City.
Check the films below for the following categories:
A.  NETPAK Premieres (8 films)
B.  Focus Asia (5 films)
C.  Closing Films (2 films)
D.  Midnite Specials (5 films)

NETPAC Premieres
NONO by Milo Tolentino
Toto, a very outspoken, highly opinionated eight-year-old born with a cleft lip and an open palate sets off to join his school’s Creative Declamation Competition – a contest of narrative drama and eloquence set on the very high- profiled Philippines’ National Language Week celebration. Speech impediment or not, Toto, armed with iron-clad determination and a desire to be treated like everyone else - no more, no less, takes on the challenge with the help of his lovelorn mother, an emotional bully [Badong] and a stray deaf boy [Ogoy] from his neighborhood. 

CAST: Axl Aeiou Samson, Russel Abulad, Allen Dimaunahan, Ian Galliguez, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Xyris Beatingo. Joemar Sustento, Alejandra Gloriano, Arcele Fernez. 

Production Team: Producers: Yellowkite Film Productions /Studioindio /Busan International Film Festival /Asian Cinema Fund. Writer. Director. Producer. Editor. Cinematographer. Production Designer: Milo. Line Producer: Toti Reyes. Musical Scorer: Diwa De Leon. Production Manager: Eireena Marie Los Baños. Asssitant Director: Emmanuel Evan Alba. Soundman, Wardrobe Master, 3rd Cameraman: Clydee Tamayo. Technical Assistant, 2nd Cameraman: Dustin Gapasen. Assistant Production Designer, Prop Master, Photographer: Mark Francis Jesalva. (115 Mins)

18 July/Mon    6:30PM     Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5(talkback)

20 July/Wed    4:00PM     Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

22 July/Fri 9:00PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

LIBERACION by Adolfo Alix Jr. 

Makoto of the Japanese Imperial Army decided to go into hiding after the Japanese soldiers were defeated in 1945. In the dread of the forest, he decides to struggle despite efforts for him to surrender, thinking the war is not yet over. For a span of almost 20 years, he encounters different situations that will test his persona and his strength to his vow as a Japanese soldier. 

CAST: Jacky Woo, Mercedes Cabral, Suzuki Sadatsugu, Hideo Muraoka. 

Production Company: Forward Entertainment. Director/Writer/Editor: Adolfo Alix, Jr. Executive Producer: Jacky Woo. Line Producers: Maxie Evangelista III, Maan Dimla. Director of Photography: Albert Banzon. Production Design: Cyrus Khan. Assistant Director: Benjamin Tolentino. Sound Design: Ditoy Aguila, Junel Valencia. Field Sound Recordist: Mark Locsin.

17 July/Sun     9:00PM    Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

19 July/Tue     9:00PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5(talkback)

21 July/Thu     1:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

In the midst of celebrating flowers in bloom in Panagbenga Flower Festival, JM (Kenjie Garcia) and ILI (Joeffrey Javier) try to rekindle their withering relationship. On their last day together in Baguio, they plan to do the things they used to do in the past. But everything feels different for JM.  Like the fog in the city of mountains, their plans fade away. And just like how the city transformed, everything has changed. JM has to accept the transience in everything, including their relationship, and nothing stays forever. 

CAST: Kenjie Garcia, Joeffrey Javier, Jayjay Jimenez, Immaculee Madrigal, Patrick Esteban, Jed Medrano, Marc Jacob. 

PRODUCTION STAFF: Executive Producer: Lex Bonife. Writer/Director: Zig Dulay. Assistant Director: Jayson Jimenez. Cinematographers: Marc Patiag, Triztan Garcia, Zig Dulay. Sound & Music: Dennis Dimaandal. Production Designer: Kenneth Kevin Villanueva, Art Director: Maolen Fadul. Script Continuity: Jaypee Habac, Raschel Samson. Editor: Zig Dulay. Production Manager: Remar Mallari. Asst. Production Manager: Kimmy Buquia. Documentation: Jed Medrano. (82 mins)

20 July/Wed   6:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5(talkback)

22 July/Fri       4:00PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
23 July/Sat     6:15PM    Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

BOUNDARY by Benito Bautista
19 July/Tue    9:00PM    Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

21 July/Thu    9:00PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5(talkback)
23 July/Sat     1:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

LOCAL GIRLS by Ned Trespesces & Onnah Valera
What happens when an odd pair of minimum wage earners working in a seaside resort in Iloilo decide to take a walk on the wild side? Fate is a goody-two-shoes aspiring law student trying to save up tuition money. And Margie is a juvenile delinquent who hates the world. They are best friends despite their difference in temperament. Both girls are perpetually broke, bored with their mundane lives, and are looking for a little adventure. They get exactly what they wish for when they embark on an insane weekend that leaves their world in a state of utter disorder. 

CAST: August Andong, Tine Genzola Terrenal, Sam Prudente. 

Main production team: Writer-Director: Ned Trespeces. Producer: Onnah Valera. Editor: Nessa Gabrillo. (60 mins)

16 July/Sat     4:00PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

20 July/Wed   6:15PM    Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

22 July/Fri       6:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5(talkback)

MADNESS by Bebs Gohetia
17 July/Sun    1:30PM     Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
21 July/Thu    9:00PM     Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

23 July/Sat     9:00PM     Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5(talkback)

SAN LAZARO by Wincy Aquino Ong
San Lazaro is a horror-comedy starring Filipino cult icon Ramon Bautista. Limuel and Sigfried, estranged childhood friends, journey to the remote town of San Lazaro to ask an infamous faith healer for help in saving the life of Limuel’s brother, who becomes possessed by a secret-eater spirit. 

CAST: Ramon Bautista, Wincy Aquino Ong, Nicco Manalo, Bianca King, Ely Buendia, Allan Forte, Julia Clarete, Kean Cipriano, Earl Ignacio. 

Director: Wincy Aquino Ong. Cinematographer: Dan Gil. Production Designer: Nestor Abrogena. Music by: Jazz Nicolas & Mikey Amistoso. Sound Design by: Mark McCullie & Dan Galapon. Screenplay by: Wincy Aquino Ong. Story by: Wincy Aquino Ong & Ramon Bautista. Editor: Wincy Aquino Ong. VFX by: Jess Yap. Producers: Wincy Aquino Ong, Dan Gil & Ramon Bautista. Watusi Productions & Ramon Bautista Films. (98 mins)

16 July/Sat       6:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5(talkback)
18 July/Mon     4:00PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

22 July/Fri        6:15PM     Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

GAYUMA by Alvin Yapan 
Gayuma is a magical tale of love going beyond the boundaries of social class, religious and superstitious beliefs, and urban-rural prejudices. A failed exorcism of a talking and dancing statue of a Child Jesus led a poor sacristan, Delfin, to concoct a love potion to make Carla, a rich girl, fall for him. After Carla drinks the potion and assents to all his advances, Delfin could not believe his luck until he is no longer certain whether Carla really loves him. Delfin descends into a deep sleep of paranoia, from which no medical science could wake him. Carla goes on a pilgrimage to the heart of a lush mountain to overturn the enchantment of the love potion. A possessed statue of a Child Jesus stands between the two lovers. Will their faith bring them closer together or keep them apart?  

CAST: Mercedes Cabral, introducing Kalil Almonte. 

PRODUCTION CREDITS: Tonee Acejo as Line Producer, Production Manager and Production Designer. Alemberg Ang as Executive Producer, Assistant Director and Art Director. Ramil Plofino as Associate Producer, Editor and Sound Designer. Eunice Ingrid Toribio as Assistant Production Manager and Location Manager. Alvin Yapan as Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Cinematographer and Production Designer. (86 mins)

17 July/Sun    9:00PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (w/ talkback)

19 July/Tue    1:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

23 July/Sat     9:00PM    Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)


Korea: BLEAK NIGHT by Yoon Sunghyun (Gala)

17 July/Sun,    6:15PM    Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
19 July/Tue,    6:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (w/ talkback)
21 July/Thu,    4:00PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

Indonesia: CHANTS OF LOTUS by Upi Avianto, Nia Di Nata, Fatimah Rony, Lasja F. Susatyo

18 July/Mon,    9:00PM    Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
20 July/Wed,    9:00PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (w/ talkback - guests Ms. Shanty Harmyn, film expert & Ms. Nia Di Nata, director)
22 July/Fri,    1:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

Thailand: SAWASDEE BANGKOK by Aditya Assarat, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Wisit Sasanatieng

19 July/Tue,    6:15PM    Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre) (w/ talkback)
21 July/Thu,    6:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5
23 July/Sat,     4:00PM     Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3

Malaysia: TALENTIME by Yasmin Ahmad

16 July/Sat,      1:30PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
20 July/Wed,    9:00PM    Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
22 July/Fri,     9:00PM    Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (w/ talkback - guest Mr. Wong Tuck Cheong, film expert)

Japan: GERMAN PLUS RAIN by Satoko Yokohama
A rural town in present day Japan. Sixteen-year-old Hayashi Yoshiko is a misfit, known in town for being raised by her grandmother after her parents divorced, dropping out of high school, and drifting between jobs. Her nickname is gorilla man.Yoshiko has been living on her own since her grandmother’s death, subsisting on a modest inheritance. She aspires to be a singer/songwriter. Yoshiko’s apartment is the last in town without a connection to the city’s sewage system, and a middle-aged pedophile named Ogawa comes to clean out her septic tank. Yoshiko bonds with Kai, her handsome German co-worker, with delightful consequences. This feature film debut was made with 500,000 yen in prize money that director Yokohama Satoko won at Cineastes Organization Osaka EX(CO2) in 2006 and has been enthusiastically received in Japan and at film festivals overseas.
Cast: Nozaki Yoshimi, Fujioka Suzune, Hisauchi Michio, Peter Haiman, Honda Tatsunori, Tokunaga Yuki, Tajiri Daisuke. 

Director, Script: Yokohama Setoko. Cinematography: Hirano Shingo, Kamakari Yoichi. Production Design: Okusada Seisho Producer: Hashizume Kazuyuki.
17 July/Sun,   4:00PM   Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 3
21 July/Thu,   6:15PM   Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
23 July/Sat,     6:30PM   Greenbelt 3 - Cinema 5 (w/talkback -TBC)

Closing Films of the 7th Cinemalaya Film festival: 

(1) RAKENROL by Quark Henares
 23 July/Sat,    9:00PM    Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theatre)

(2) ZOMBADINGS 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington! by Jade Castro
A boy cursed to turn gay when he grows up must sort out his feelings for the girl he loves and the boy - his best friend - he is suddenly lusting after, come to terms with his homophobia, and escape a pscho gay killer on the loose. Cast: Martin Escudero, Lauren Young, Kerbie Zamorra, Janice de Belen, John Regala, Roderick Paulate, Eugene Domingo. Director: Jade Castro. Writers: Raymond Lee, Michiko Yamamoto, Jade Castro. Producer: Raymond Lee. Production and Distribution Company: Origin8 Media Corp.

23 July/Sat,11:45PM  Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theatre)

BROD by Rey Defante Gibraltar
Fraternity is brotherhood. Brotherhood is love. Does it only exist between two men with the same ideals? Only with brothers of the same sexuality? What does it take to co-exist in a world dominated by strong norms and tradition? Terence is a 20-year-old graduating pre-law student who believes that entering a prestigious fraternity will help him with his ultimate ambition to become a lawyer. But will his being gay become a hindrance? Tad is a 22-year-old law student. He is the second highest leader of the fraternity. When in the exercise of duty, he is tough – outside, he is kind and gentle. As a poor boy who wants to uplift his status, fraternity seals in his chances for sure and better jobs when he graduates. Nevertheless, between Terence and Tad, their mutual attraction becomes a greater force that they need to conceal. But how do they do that as the final initiation night looms, and their secrets are already revealed? 

CAST: Kenjie Garcia, Ardie Bascara (Introducing), Marife Necesito, Xeno Alejandro, Paul Jake Paule, Jess Mendoza, Nicole Andrew Guila, Neil Tibayan, Patrick Esteban, Mehdi Gholami, Venj Pellena. 

Director: Ray Gibraltar. Executive Producer: Milbert Ambat. Producer: Bebs Gohetia. Screenplay: Archie del Mundo. Associate Director: Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo. Cinematographer: Maisa Demitillo. Production Designer: Alf Thaddeus Alacapa. Editor: Ray Gibraltar. Musical Score: Monet Silvestre. Sound Design: Ditoy Aguila. Poetry: J.I.E. Teodoro. 2010. (95 mins)

18 July/Mon,  11:45PM  Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
CHASSIS by Adolfo Alix Jr.
19 July/Tue,  11:45PM  Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

SPONSOR by Shandii Bacolod
Sponsor follows the lives of four impoverished young men who are faced with situations that test how much they will sacrifice in exchange for their survival. The movie talks about sex, poverty and violence. 

CAST: Alchris Galura, Mailes Kanapi, Tony Lapena, Anton Nolasco, Garry Lim, Xeno Alejandro, Scarlet, Abner Delina, Marife Necesito. Producers: Arturo Go, Jeffrey Tan, Jazmin Trinidad-Tecson, Mark Shandii Bacolod. Story: Mark Shandii Bacolod, Archie del Mundo, Eduardo Roy Jr. Director of Photography: Aaron Cabangis. Editor: Orlean Joseph Tan. Line Producer: Romuald 'Bor' Lagasca. Production Manager: Roma Oyson. Production Designer: Bianca Gonzales-Dadivas. Theme Song (Tulala) is performed by Rox Puno, composed and produced by Francis 'Kix' Salazar and arranged by Adonis Tabanda. Directed by Mark Shandii Bacolod. Produced by Imaginative Media Production, in association with Bellhaus Entertainment Inc. & Outpost Visual Frontier. (100 mins)

20 July/Wed,  11:45PM  Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)
TAKSIKAB by Archie Del Mundo
On the day of the new President’s inauguration, the film threads the roundelay tales of people dealing with daily lives: their relationships, desires and their means of survival. Each one sets a goal to get through their harsh realities while their fate awaits them to cross its path in the callous streets of Manila. The dramatic core revolves around a taxi driver whose sanity crosses its border when his day’s journey is derailed by his own sexual frustrations. 

Main Cast: Kristofer King, Marife Necesito, Martin Delos Santos, Jess Mendoza, Kevin Vitug, Adrian Sebastian, Jonas Gruet, Dustin Jose, Ray An Dulay, Tony Lapena, Marcus Cabrera. 
Other Cast: Ivy Sumilang, Virginia Pozon, Kiro Baldemor, Paul Roquia, Scarlette Boiser, Patricia Unas, Charlotte Dianco, JR Dela Cruz. 

Production Credits: Writer-Director: Archie Del Mundo, Produced by Astral Productions. Executive Producers: Ding R. Buenaventura, Nestor S. Clarin, Marisol S.Bernardo. Director of Photography: Albert Banzon. Production Designer: Bianca Dadivas. Editor: Cathie Rada. Sound Designer: Carlo Maceda. Musical Scorer: Andrew Señora. Assistant Directors: Ching Danseco, Eduardo Roy Jr. Associate Producer: Shandii Bacolod. Production Manager: Roma Oyson. Assistant Production Managers: Jane Gonzales, Noel Miralles. Production Assistant: Nigel Cordero. Make Up Artist: Jay Gabor. Publicity and Promotion: Paul Roquia, Mell Navarro, Dale Bacar. (114 minutes)
21 July/Thu, 11:45PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

OMBRE by Jonison Mones Fontanos 
OMBRE tells the story of Jake, an aspiring actor who went to Baguio City for a reality star search audition. There, he meets Dennis, a photographer from Manila. Both stay in a transient house owned by Dennis’ gay best friend, Brix. Jake is a dreamer. Dennis is a searcher who just got out of rehab. They became friends and secret lovers. While both of them have special someone waiting back in Manila, it becomes clear that there’s a bond between them that they’ve never felt with other people, and this feeling begins to grow into something deeper. Is this LOVE? Dreams, destiny and love, in forms not known to many, come together in this bromantic vehicle from Phylum Productions. 

CAST: Darwin Taylo. Zac Ferrero, Jobben Bello, Lando Perez & Ms. Jef Gaitan. With G.A Villafuerte, Rosemarie Ibarrita, Martin Gonzalez, Francis Cariaso, Sylvia Olsem and Kimjee Carlo Abad. 

Music: Kevin Mcleod, Production Designer: Francis Cariaso. Art Directors: Patrick Simon & Kathleen Rogando. Editor: Michael Lacambra. Production Manager: Rebecca Renegado-Reyes. Assistant Director: Reign Andre Loleng. Director of Photography: Michael Lacambra. Associate Producers: Amber Rose Entertainment & Aldrin Bartolo. Executive Producer: Edwin G. Sanchez. Written and Directed by Jonison Fontanos. (90 mins)

22 July/Fri, 11:45PM Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

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