By MHERYLL GIFFEN L. ALFORTE AS HUMANS navigate through the different stages of life, sometimes memories fail and begin to be veiled with mist. As a defiant attempt, only then does one decide to resort on what fiction can offerㅡall for the sake of preserving and reliving these memories. Directed by Puangsoi Aksornsawang, Nakorn-Sawan is an entry to this year’s QCinema International Film Festival under the Asian Next Wave section. Puangsoi attempts to connect documentary and fiction to create an extraordinary spectacle where the lines between memory, fact and fiction blur together. In this hybrid film, there are two distinct parts that parallel each other: an intimate documentary footage recorded personally by the filmmaker herself, and a polished and more detached fictional seque
By PATRICK V. MIGUEL LOVE IS not caged inside a box; once it is confined, all of its ambiguity and subjectiveness will disappear. It can be seen in many ways but it will always depend on the person to interpret it as an act of love. People often see love from attention, affection, and vulnerability. However, the presence of love is not only limited to these acts. In celebrating their 42nd year in theater, Teatro Tomasino showcases their talents through the production Baka Sakali ㅡ a double-bill play featuring Habulan Sa Pagitan ng mga Maliliit na Kamay ni Kamatayan and Kublihan. Behind hope and risks, the play challenges circumstances that makes people wonder about what-ifs. Habulan sa Pagitan ng mga Maliliit na Kamay ni Kamatayan Directed by Patrick Demition and written
By ANA MURIEL R. VERON HUMANS HAVE an innate fear of death. It is within everyone's genetic instinct to prolong survival. Nevertheless, one must eventually realize that death is an inevitable part of life and is not something one should be afraid of, because while dying might seem joyless, living for far too long might be more so. Lola Igna (Angie Ferro) appears to have warded off death for as long as she has warded off the birds from her grass fields. At one-hundred and eighteen years old, she is awarded the mantle of Oldest Living Grandmother in the Philippines. While the people of the humble Baryo Alhaya eagerly await the announcement of whether or not she will also to be crowned the Oldest Living Grandmother in the World, the grouchy grandmother herself is only eager to rest ...
By DJULIENNE FLOR V. FOSTER PEOPLE ARE always in search of what will make them feel whole; something or perhaps someone that will make life more fulfilling. It is always a challenge for them to chase after whatever it is they seek because obstacles will arise to try and stop them. Having someone who believes in them gives them the strength and courage to overcome those challenges. But they come to a point where they ask themselves if they should hold on or simply let go. Directed by Jade Castro, LSS (Last Song Syndrome), is one of this year’s official entries for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. LSS has won five awards at the awarding ceremony of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, for “Best Supporting Actress”, “Best Original Song”, “Best Sound Design”, “Special Jury Award”, and
By DENISSE P. TABOR IT IS not uncommon for people to exhibit self-destructive behavior when they think that the damage inflicted by their painful experiences are beyond repair. The belief that they never recover from these setbacks is ingrained in their minds so they cease to care if their actions would further ruin their lives or what is left of it anyway. Watch Me Kill rings true to this sentiment. Directed by Tyrone Acierto under Cinebandit Productions, the film starred award-winning actress Jean Garcia, Junyka Santarin, Jay Manalo, and other rising stars. It was an R-16 entry film to the annual Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. The film opens with Luciana’s endeavors as she takes on a series of killing jobs; one of them involving the murder of a war veteran who had a diamond
By PATRICK V. MIGUEL THE DEFINITION of life according to every individual is different. It is subjective depending on who defines it, which could be based upon one’s values, beliefs, and experiences. Just like the negatives of a film, there is an artistic value contrasting the light and the dark, and when it runs in a cycling pattern, it creates a whole picture that could depict family, passion, love, and continuity. Written and directed by Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr., Circa is featured in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. It tackles the life of Doña Atang (Anita Linda) as a mother, a producer, and as a human being in the outskirts of dying. Aside from the film’s obvious statement about promoting the beauty of early cinema, it also contains deeper meanings. Doña Atang, i
By LORRAINE C. SUAREZ ANG HINAHARAP ay hindi pa nakataga sa bato. Samot-sari ang mga bagay na maaaring matupad, kaya naman hindi pihado ang mga pagbabagong mangyayari sa sandaling panahon, mabuti man ito o masama. Ito ang konsepto ng kawalang-katiyakan na hinaharap ng bawat isa sa araw araw, na siya ring nagbibigay motibo upang tumungo sa daan ng pagbabago. Sa ilalim ng direksyon ni Lav Diaz, Ang Hupa ay sumusunod sa yapak ng mga una niyang likha tulad ng Ang Babaeng Humayo at Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis. Kabilang ang mga ito sa slow cinema - isang kategorya ng pelikulang natatangi sa mabagal na pag-usad ng naratibo at pagpapahaba ng mga eksena. Masasabing hindi ito pangmasa sapagkat matagalan din ang pagtakbo ng mga nasabing pelikula; sa Ang Hupa, ang oras nitong umaabot nang apat na...
By MHERYLL GIFFEN L. ALFORTE TAHIMIK ANG buhay sa isang maliit na bayan sa probinsya, at ito ang siyang kanlungan ng apat na magkababata na nauugnay dahil sa kanila-kanilang pagkakaroon ng nalalayong ama. Subalit ang payapa nilang pamumuhay ay mababago ng isang tawag sa telepono, at ang kanilang pagkakaibigan ang tanging magiging sandalan upang ito’y malampasan. Sinusundan ng Children of the River ang kwento ng apat na magkakaibigan na sina Pepsy (Junyka Santarin), Robin (Dave Justine Francis), Agol (Ricky Oriarte) at si Elias (Noel Comia Jr.) na tumayong pinakabida ng kuwento. Ang pagdating ng isang estranghero - na si Ted (Juancho Trivino) - sa kanilang mumunting bayan ay siyang magtutulak kay Elias na mapagtanto ang kanyang pagkakakilanlan at tuklasin ang kanyang buong pagka
By MHERYLL GIFFEN L. ALFORTE ANG OSPITAL ay isang lugar kung saan ang linya sa pagitan ng buhay at kamatayan ay lumalabo. Ang mga okyupante nito ay mayroon nang isang paa sa hukay o kaya naman ay natataningan na ang buhay. Ngunit para naman sa isang binatilyo, ang ospital ay nagsilbing palaruan at saksi sa kanyang mga pagsubok. Sa direksyon ni Thop Nazareno, ang Edward ay isa sa mga pelikulang kalahok sa Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival ngayong taon. Inilalarawan nito ang malupit na katotohanan tungkol sa pampublikong ospital at sistemang pangkalusugan ng bansa sa pamamagitan ng paglalahad ng kuwento mula sa pananaw ng isang binatilyong nanirahan sa ospital bunga ng kahirapan at pagpapabaya. Umiikot ito sa buhay ni Edward (Louise Abuel), isang binatang napil...
By MARIA PAMELA S. REYES SOCIAL MEDIA has become an essential part of today’s culture. It is an extremely common sight to see someone holding their cellphones, while scrolling through immeasurable amounts of online content. Unfortunately, it also brings about the terrible realization that not everyone is aware of whether the posts they are seeing and sharing are tampered or if it can ruin a person’s life and disposition for good. This problem is greatly exhibited in the film for it talks about how social media has become a massive threat in the contemporary world. It all began when John Denver Cabungcal - a fourteen-year-old farm boy - is caught on camera beating up Mark, his classmate who falsely accused him of stealing an iPad. Like wildfire, the video rapidly spreads across th