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Tag: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020

Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus: Minimithing Pagmamahal

Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus: Minimithing Pagmamahal

Letters
By RAMON CHRISTIAN G. PLACIDO   ANG PAGMAMAHAL ay isang konsepto na hindi madaling ipaliwanag. Bawat tao ay may iba’t ibang interpretasyon kung paano ipakita ang pag-ibig sa kapwa. May iba na ang hangad ay pangmatagalan na ibigan. Habang may iba na ang hanap ay pantawid uhaw lamang na relasyon. Ngunit paano makukuha ang minimithing pagmamahal kung ito’y nag-iisa lamang? Mula sa direksyon at panulat ni Dwein Baltazar, ang Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus ay tumatalakay sa iba’t ibang klase ng pag-ibig. Ipinalabas ito noong 2018 at nanalo ng mga parangal kabilang ang Best Picture, Director, at Screenplay sa 67th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. Kasalukuyan itong ipinapalabas sa Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020. Ang pelikula ay tungkol sa ba
Kintsugi: Beyond the Broken Bond

Kintsugi: Beyond the Broken Bond

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By ABIGAIL M. ADRIATICO BROKEN THINGS can be fixed but they tend to leave scars that cannot be erased. These marks serve as a painful reminder to those that bear them. Although such experiences come with pain, the presence of beauty within those moments can still be felt.  The Japanese art of Kintsugi is the method of using gold to put together pieces of broken pottery. It shows that despite one’s negative experiences, their emotional scars can still be beautiful. However, it also emphasizes that people who try to hide them could end up breaking themselves even more. The film Kintsugi, directed by Lawrence Fajardo and written by Herlyn Alegre, follows the story of Dante Dizon (JC Santos), an overseas Filipino worker who works at a pottery factory in Japan. It is owned by the f
Reality Amid Fantasy in Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids

Reality Amid Fantasy in Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids

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By FATIMA B. BADURIA   WITHIN the gloom of Philippine folklore are monstrous creatures that drive the stories told in the dark. These horrors may seem fictional, however, they do not stray far from reality. In legends, there are ravenous aswangs who possess great strength and hunt on human bodies. On the other hand, in real life, there are power-hungry people who prey on the less fortunate to acquire more wealth. Although these exploitations initially only bring grief, it can also ensue the emergence of heroes. In the case of Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids, aswang slayers are the line of defense against the insatiable hunger of the man-eating creatures. However, the waging war is not founded on the natural differences between the two sides. The film ingeniously portra
He Who Is Without Sin: Stripped Of Virtue

He Who Is Without Sin: Stripped Of Virtue

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By TAFFY ARELLA M. BERNALES   WHAT one reveres and idolizes on screen, he might also grow to detest. Similarly, Martin Pangan’s (Elijah Canlas) admiration for TV reporter Lawrence Manalastas (Enzo Pineda) significantly gets distorted when Martin discovers the true nature of his idol after a night of coffee.  Written and directed by Jason Paul Laxama, He Who Is Without Sin is an official entry for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020. It tells the disturbing story of how broadcasting student Martin was left traumatized after an encounter with his idol. In the film, seventeen-year-old Martin tells three versions of his experience to his friends Klarisse (Lara Fortuna) and Neil (Gio Gahol), separately.  The three versions can be compared to the Kardashev scale. In a random e
Ulan: A Force of Nature

Ulan: A Force of Nature

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By PATRICK V. MIGUEL LIKE THE WEATHER, there are forces of nature that are at times unpredictable. Even so, if the rain pours hard in life, people are taught how to dance with it. This shows that sometimes, there is nothing wrong with letting the stream take you wherever it goes. After all, the rain will eventually pass and life will still go on. Written and directed by Irene Emma Villamor, Ulan was released in 2019 and is currently one of the films featured in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Ulan tells the story of Maya (Nadine Lustre), a hopeless romantic who experiences consecutive misfortunes. She is the typical archetypal girl who grew up consuming love stories that would build up her high expectations in romance. Unfortunately, expectations could lead to a grea
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020: Loss handled with love

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020: Loss handled with love

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By JUSTIN ANDREW CRUZANA FILIPINO SHORT FILMS are inherently magical. These small, bottled-up epochs could contain large and compelling stories. Even when the narratives differ, they are still tied together through one universal emotion: loss. Three short films from this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, in diverse ways, deal with the issue of losing hope— from losing one’s path, a loved one, and even one’s home.  Dagiti Tallu A Birhen This eight-minute short film by director Melver Ritz L. Gomez shows the qualms of a nun who lost interest in staying within the convent. While seemingly incohesive at first glance, Dagiti Tallu a Birhen is a collection of beautiful scenes strung together, relying on isolated scenery rather than the story. In truth, Dagiti Tallu a Birhen is mor
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020: Rewriting Maria Clara on Screen

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020: Rewriting Maria Clara on Screen

Letters
By DAWN DANIELLE O. SOLANO   WOMEN EMPOWERMENT secures a woman’s right to have full control over her life. As the battle for gender sensitization continues, it is unfortunate that some women’s issues remain untouched. For this reason, Filipinos now take the opportunity to use the media in influencing and shaping the future of women in society. This year’s online edition of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino includes CineMarya, a women-centered collection of short films made to further female empowerment and gender sensitivity. She’s Perfect The 3D animated short film is about a girl named Mahalia, who desperately tries to cover up a hole on her chest. Directed by Jochelle Casilad, the light-hearted short-film teaches a lesson of self-acceptance. Its title, She’s Perfect, abridge