Wednesday, July 4, 2012

8th Cinemalaya Film Festival - 10 Films (New Breed Category)

The 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition will be held on July 20-29, 2012 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 3 Makati and Trinoma Quezon City.

by Aloy Adlawan

RUBEN loses his job as a carpenter in a small town in Zambales where he lives with his wife EDNA and their 10-year old son, BUDOY. Desperate to make ends meet, he accepts a job as a caretaker of an abandoned property in Quezon City. Ruben soon finds out that the previous owner of the house is an important figure in the country’s history. When he is interviewed by a TV reporter about this historical figure, Ruben feels embarrassed that he knows nothing about him. Ruben soon starts reading up to get to know more about the life of this person, his accomplishments and what he has done for the people. Ruben’s fascination about the person’s life and his inevitable hero-worship irks the only friend he has in the sprawling compound, the night-shift security guard, GIMO, who jokes that Ruben is slowly being possessed by the soul of his new hero.

Ang Katiwala trailer

Cast: Dennis Trillo, Ronnie Lazaro, Angelina Canapi, Althea Vega, Miggs Cuaderno, Neri Naig, Ernie Zarate, Shyr Valdez, Richard Manabat, Louella de Cordova, Aileen Lota, Dado Jose. 

Production: Writer/Director-Aloy L. Adlawan; Producers-Aloy L. Adlawan, Antonio P. Tuviera; Executive Producers-Ramel David, Joselito Oconer, Michael Tuviera, Aloy Adlawan, Wanda Lomibao, Paolo Leano; Director of Photography-Carlo Mendoza; Production Designer-Jed Sicangco, Editor-Laser Diaz; Sound Design & Recording-Cedric Region; Music-Peter Legaste

Schedule: ANG KATIWALA by Aloy Adlawan
July 21: 12:45PM – MKP / 9:00PM – GB-3
July 22: 6:30PM – GB-5
July 23: 3:30PM – THB
July 24: 3:30PM – MT /9:00PM – TRI
July 25: 1:30PM – GB-5 / 6:15PM – MT
July 26: 9:00PM – LT
July 27: 1:30PM – GB-3 / 6:15PM – MKP
July 28: 4:00PM – TRI / 9:00PM – THB
July 29: 1:30PM – GB-5

by Marie Jamora

Gibson Bonifacio stopped speaking when he was a child. Now twenty years old, he returns home to Manila from his studies abroad, his first visit in three years. He finds his family trying to keep it together, his mother still hurting from a tragic loss in the past. Against the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend tries to reconnect with him, while he unexpectedly finds a chance at a first, real romantic relationship. Amidst the holidays, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationships with his family, his friends, and with himself.

Ang Nawawala trailer

Cast: Dominic Roco, Dawn Zulueta, Felix Roco, Boboy Garrovillo, Alchris Galura, Mercedes Cabral, Kelvin Yu, Jenny Jamora, Marc Abaya, Annicka Dolonius, Sabrina Man 

Production: Director-Marie Jamora; Writers-Marie Jamora and Ramon De Veyra; Producers-Bernard Dacanay, Trinka Lat, John Sy, Daphne O. Chiu and Marie Jamora; Director of Photography-Ming Kai Leung; Production Designer-Trinka Lat; Editors-Marie Jamora and Edsel Abesames; Sound Design-Ditoy Aguila; Music- Mikey Amistoso, Diego Mapa and Jazz Nicolas

Schedule: ANG NAWAWALA by Marie Jamora 
July 21: 3:30PM – MT / 9:00PM – GB-5
July 22: 12:45PM – THB
July 23: 6:15PM – LT
July 24: 9:00PM – GB-3
July 25: 12:45PM – MKP / 3:30PM – THB
July 26: 1:30PM – TRI / 9:00PM – MKP
July 27: 9:00:PM TRI
July 28: 11:00AM – GB-3 / 6:15PM – MT
July 29: 1:30PM – GB-3 / 4:00PM – GB-5

by Vincent Sandoval

It is 1971, and the sisters of the Adoration monastery lead quiet, insulated lives in a remote town in Rizal. Mother Superior Ruth leads the group in its prayers and daily rituals and prides herself in keeping the nuns removed from the vices and vicissitudes of the outside world. Young and fairly new, Lourdes, joins the monastery and gets introduced to the cloistered life. Shortly after, Remy, an extern nun (who is able to leave the cloister from time to time to do errands for the nuns), gets an unexpected visit from her mother telling her that her activist brother has been snatched away. Deeply troubled, Remy asks Ruth for an indefinite leave of absence to help her family search for her brother. But Ruth turns down her request, reminding her of the increasing importance of prayer during that time of crisis and in order to keep Remy out of harm’s way. Behind Ruth’s back, Remy starts attending meetings of families whose progressive relatives have gone missing, something that Lourdes discovers when she accompanies Remy on an errand in town. Meanwhile, the meeting of families with missing relatives has left a profound impression on Lourdes, who decides to become an extern herself alongside Remy, a decision that Mother Superior reluctantly consents to. One afternoon, the meeting in town that Remy and Lourdes attend ends well into the evening. On their way back, deep in the woods leading back to the monastery, they fall victim to violence. Devastated, Ruth, Remy and Lourdes individually grapple with the emotional aftermath. Ruth is well aware that the crisis could either destroy the nuns beyond repair or draw them closer together.

Aparisyon trailer

Cast: Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Mylene Dizon, Jodi Sta. Maria, Raquel Villavicencio 

Production: Director/Screenplay/Story-Vincent Sandoval; Producers-Vincent Sandoval, Darlene Malimas; Executive Producers-Jerome Kirkman, Mariano Piamonte, Mian Rubrico Sebastian, Markane Earle Goho, Merrick Clint Goho; Assoc. Producer- Eric Alvin Po; Cinematography-Jay Abello; Original Music- Teresa Barrozo; Film Editing- Jerrold Tarog; Production Design-Roland Rubenecia.

Schedule: APARISYON by Vincent Sandoval 
July 21: 9:00PM – TRI
July 22: 3:30PM – LT
July 23: 12:45PM – MT
July 24: 1:30PM – GB-3 / 9:00PM – GB-5
July 25: 12:45PM – THB / 6:15PM – MKP
July 26: 1:30PM – GB-5/ 6:15PM – MT
July 27: 12:45PM – MKP / 9:00PM – GB-3
July 28: 11:00AM – GB-5 / 6:15PM – THB
July 29: 1:30PM – TRI

by Julius Sotomayor Cena

Guam, U.S.A. Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day. Alex, a local newspaper photographer, gets into a “green card marriage” with her good friend James, a Guam-born Filipino. Miriam, a former member of the Philippine press and now an established Guam journalist, longs to repair a damaged relationship with her American husband. Ella, a hotel housekeeper for almost 20 years, finds means of sending her 88-year old mother to the Philippines with the uncertainty of coming back. As the island of Guam celebrates this classic American holiday when people count their blessings and give thanks, the lives of the three Filipina immigrants intersect and find themselves at a tug-o-war of sacrifice and significance where they must find their home or must they find it somewhere else.

Mga Dayo trailer

Cast: Sue Prado (Alex), Janela Buhain (Miriam), Olga Natividad (Ella) With Brandon Muna, Charlene Baes Leffler, Louella Camaganacan, Aaron Agsalud, Vicky Flor Dizon 

Production: Writer and Director- Julius Sotomayor Cena; Script Consultant- Armando “Bing” Lao; Camera-Arden Bonto, Gilbert Toots Redila, Francis Pineda; Editing-Ver Custodio; Sound- Jesse Castro

Schedule: MGA DAYO by Julius Sotomayor Cena 
July 21: 1:30PM – GB-5 / 9:00PM – LT
July 22: 3:30PM – MT
July 23: 1:30PM – GB-3 / 6:30PM – GB-5
July 24: 1:30PM – TRI / 6:30PM – GB-3
July 25:
July 26: 3:30PM – MKP / 9:00PM – TRI
July 27: 3:30PM –THB / 6:15PM – MT / 9:00PM – MKP
July 28: 6:30PM – TRI
July 29: 3:30PM – THB

by Mes de Guzman

This is the story of Lusing, mother to five grown up sons who have distinct characters and professions of their own. Her children would occasionally come by for a visit. Each son comes for a specific purpose with different stories to share. Never has there been a chance that all five siblings came together nor met each other. The only moment they will gather as a family would be when one son is stabbed to death by a drunken loony while on a pilgrimage. Aling Lusing is a representation of the typical Filipina mother of perpetual help – caring and loving to a fault, gentle and generous, passive and pious. In spite of her frailty and her sons’ failures, she remains strong and steadfast, never ceasing to listen to their endless woes as well as wonders. She is always there for them to offer comfort in every crisis.

Cast: Ama Quiambao as Nanang Lusing; Jose Escobedo as Ronaldo, Roeder Camañag as Alberto, Fredie De La Cruz as Fernando, Arnold Reyes as Ruben, Carlo Aquino as Oscar, Edelyn Escobedo as Ima, Althea Vega as Angela, John Paul Escobedo as Matias and Ronal Caranza as Jamba. 

Production: Director/Writer-Mes De Guzman, Line Producer-Rhea Operaña-De Guzman; Associate Producer-Gay Ace Domingo; Asst. Director-Ronnie De Acal; Production Design-Cesar Hernando, Cinematography-Tristan Salas; Sound-Harold Buaron; Editing-Abbas Tabas/Ronnie De Acal; Asst. Editor-Jian Von Esmane; Wardrobe-Charmagne Vidallon; 2nd Unit Cinematography-Al Ocampo/Vircent Labrador; Gaffer-Randy Macadandang; Stills-Philipe Quintos/Raymond Manglo

Schedule: DIABLO by Mes de Duzman 

July 21: 11:00AM – GB-5 /3:30PM – LT
July 22: 12:45PM – MT
July 23: 4:00PM – TRI / 9:00PM – MKP
July 24: 4:00PM – GB-3 / 9:00PM – THB
July 25: 6:30PM – TRI
July 26: 9:00PM – MT
July 27: 4:0PM – GB-5
July 28: 12:45PM – MKP / 6:30PM – GB-3
July 29: 12:45PM – THB / 9:00PM – GB-5

by Lemuel C. Lorca

Intoy has had the hots for Doray since they were kids in Kalye Marino, Cavite City, formerly the American Naval Base in Sangley Point. Both marginalized as the long-lasting effect of American abandonment of the said base, Intoy has become Kalye Marino’s best “tahong” caretaker-with-no-angst-about-poverty, while Doray a cheap prostitute-with-no-guilt, tending to her siblings’ needs. Intoy strives to have his own cages of “tahong” so he can have Doray, not for just a night of quickie sex, but forever. But what will he do to when she offers to drop by his hovel-on-stilts to quench his passion, but before it happens Nature has chosen to play a joke on his tahong cage? Will it be goodbye to his tahong business or to his damsel-in-distress and ultimately to Kalye Marino? From Eros S. Atalia’s 2001 Palanca Grand Prize-winning Short Story, Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino is a love tale minus the obligatory romantic sentiments.

Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino trailer

Cast: JM de Guzman, LJ Reyes, Joross Gamboa 

Production: Story Right-Eros S. Atalia, Scriptwriter-Jerry B. Gracio, Director-Lemuel C. Lorca, Assistant Director-Armando A. Reyes, Director of Photography-Jun L. Pereira Jr., Production Designer-Benjamin H. Payumo, Editor-Benjamin G. Tolentino, Musical Directors- Margie Morrero and Paulo Almaden, Executive Producers-Boy So, Robert Bernardo and Boy Abunda

Schedule: INTOY SYOKOY NG KALYE MARINO by Lemuel Lorca
July 21: 12:45PM – THB / 6:15PM – MT
July 22: 12:45PM – MKP / 6:15PM – TRI
July 23: 1:30PM – TRI / 9:00PM – GB-3
July 24: 3:30PM – THB
July 25: 3:30PM – MT / 9:00PM- MKP
July 26: 4:00PM – GB-3
July 27: 1:30PM – GB-5 / 6:15PM – LT
July 28: 9:00PM – GB-5
July 29: 11:00AM – TRI

by  Paul Sta. Ana

The film set in a decadent world where even death becomes a provider. In a country where a cadaver may serve as license for holding a sakla operation (illegal gambling) in wakes, people may exploit the dead in order to generate income from the profits of gambling, and possibly pay for its burial. In Oros, a funeral parlor owner sells an unidentified body to Makoy, a kasero in a saklaan, who, along with his reluctant brother, Abet, set the stage for a three-week long fake wake holding the illegal saklaan. The sakla personnel deals with everyone involved, including Linda, an impoverished homeowner, as they agree upon a fictional story which will “legitimize” the wake.

Oros trailer

Cast: Kristoffer King as Makoy, Kristoffer Martin as Abet, Tanya Gomez as Linda, Kim Komatsu as Daisy, Diva Montelaba as Carmen, Angelita Raymundo as Annabel. 

Production: Director-Paul Sta. Ana; DOP-Rommel Sales; Story-Paul Sta. Ana and Obet Villela; Producers-Joey Abacan and Paul Sta. Ana; Co-producers-JD Beales and Josabeth Alonso; Line Producer-Krisma Maclang-Fajardo; Editor-Lawrence Fajardo; Musical Scorer-Gian Gianan; Sound Designer-Wildsound Ami; Asst. Director-Michael Cardoz; Production Managers- Ron Capili and Philip Buena; Production Design-Tonee Acejo.

Schedule: OROS by Paul Sta. Ana 
July 21: 1:30PM – TRI / 6:15PM – MKP
July 22: 1:30PM – TRI / 6:15PM – THB
July 23: 6:15PM – MT
July 24: 12:45PM – MKP / 6:30PM – TRI
July 25: 4:00PM – GB-5 / 9:00PM – LT
July 26: 12:45PM – MT / 9:00PM – GB-3
July 27: 9:00PM – GB-5
July 28: 10:00AM – THB / 4:00PM – GB-3
July 29:

by Loy Arcenas

Circus hijinks surround the barangay of Sta. Maria in the midst of an international murder sensation. Swanie, Sta. Maria’s barangay chair and a distant relative of the killer, tries to gain political points by staging a wake for the criminal-turned-celebrity. Meanwhile in faraway Manila, Joanna, Swanie’s runaway son, navigates his way through labyrinthine bureaucracy, to give a neighbor a proper burial. With these two unrelated deaths, estranged mother and son each bury the dead long shelved in their hearts. Amidst these unspoken family burials, the neighborhoods’ penchant for funeral fiestas, gossip and secrets, bizarre social events and the sheer mix of scandal and inebriation complete the picture of dying the Pinoy way.

REquieme! trailer

Cast: Shamaine Buencamino as Swanie, Rez Cortez as Budoy, Anthony Falcon as Joanna, Paul Jake Paule as Winston, Endong as Rener Concepcion, Antonette Garcia as Sally, Roli Inocencio as Robinson, Garry Lim as Junior, Jelson Bay as Baboy, Angelita Raymundo as Melvi, Skyzx Labastilla as Taranta, Ces Aldaba as Jake, Lou Veloso as Renato and Lilia Cuntapay as Aling Isang 

Production: Director-Loy Arcenas, DOP-Louie Quirino and Maisa Demetillo, Story-Loy Arcenas and Rody Vera, Screenplay-Rody Vera, Producers-Philippe Chambon and Daniel Arcenas, Line Producer-Krisma Maclang-Fajardo, Editor-Lawrence Fajardo, Musical Scorer-Budoy Maraviles, Sound Designer-Wildsound Ami, 1st Asst. Director-Sheenly Gener, 2nd Asst. Director-Ed Lacson, Production Manager-Ron Capili and Philip Buena, Production Design-Loy Arcenas.

Schedule: REQUIEME! by Loy Arcenas
July 21: 1:30PM – GB-3 / 6:15PM – THB
July 22: 6:15PM – MT
July 23: 12:45PM – MKP / 6:30PM – TRI
July 24: 1:30PM – GB-5 / 9:00PM – MKP
July 25: 9:00PM – GB-3
July 26: 12:45AM – THB / 6:30PM – GB-5
July 27: 12:45AM – MT / 6:30PM – GB-5
July 28: 3:30PM – LT
July 29: 4:00PM – TRI

by Emmanuel Quindo Palo 

When Paulino Mungcal and his co-worker in a lahar-filled quarry unexpectedly dig up the remains of his 2-year daughter Marikit, they discover that she showed no signs of decay. Could this be a miracle, and could she -- despite death – cure the sick? Inspired by whatever healing power the deceased child may have, Pol asks the church to declare her a saint. But how, when her resurgence stirs up emotions buried by time, and shores up questions about pure love, guilt, sin and salvation?

Cast: Coco Martin, Alessandra de Rossi, Anita Linda, Angel Aquino, Irma Adlawan, Nanding Josef, Lui Manansala, Joe Gruta, Bea Garcia, Dax Alejandro, Rie Batingana 

Production: Story and Direction-Emmanuel Quindo Palo; Screenplay-Liza Magtoto and Emmanuel Quindo Palo; Producer Rodel Nacianceno; Executive Producer-Emmanuel Quindo Palo; Supervising Producer-Susan Tagle; Cinematography-Nor Domingo; Editing-Chrissel Desuasido with Tara Illenberger; Production Design-Aped Santos pdgp; Sound Engineer-Mike Albert Idioma; Original Music Score-Dean Rosen.

Schedule: SANTA NIÑA by Emmanuel Quindo Palo 
July 21: 6:30PM – GB-5
July 22: 9:00PM – MKP
July 23: 12:45PM – LT / 6:15PM – THB
July 24: 4:00PM – GB-5 /9:00PM – MT
July 25: 4:00PM – GB-3 / 9:00PM – TRI
July 26: 12:45PM – MKP
July 27: 1:30PM – TRI /6:15PM – THB
July 28: 11:00AM – TRI / 3:30PM – MT / 9:00PM – GB-3
July 29:

by Gino Santos 

Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, “The Animals” chronicles a day in the life of Jake, Trina, and Alex, who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with. All Jake wants to do is have a good time, Alex just wants to fit in, and Trina simply wants more. A very vivid picture is painted of life in high school after the final bell rings, as well as a different side of the Philippines, and what is happening to its privileged children.

The Animals trailer

Cast: Albie Casiño as Jake, Dawn Balagot as Trina, Patrick Sugui as Alex 

Production: Producers-Stained Glass Productions, Cinemalaya Foundation, Malou Santos, Nicanor G. Santos III, Gino Santos; Executive Producer-Malou Santos, Nicanor G. Santos III, and Jeff Stelton; Director-Gino M. Santos; Writer-Jeff Stelton; Director of Photography-Alex Espartero; Editor-John Wong and Rona Delos Reyes; Musical Scorer/Sound Designer-Diwa De Leon; Original Soundtrack-Nix Damn P!

Schedule: THE ANIMALS by Gino M. Santos 
 July 21: 12:45PM – MT
July 22: 4:00PM – TRI / 9:00PM – GB-5
July 23: 1:30PM – GB-5 / 6:15PM – MKP
July 24: 9:00PM – LT
July 25:
July 26: 1:30PM – GB-3/ 6:15PM – THB
July 27: 3:30PM – MKP / 9:00PM – MT
July 28: 12:45PM – THB / 9:00PM – TRI
July 29: 11:00AM – GB-5 / 9:00PM – GB-3

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