Lav Diaz’s 4-Hour ‘Ang Hupa’ is Cinemalaya’s Opening Film for 2019

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

FOR the first time in its 15-year history, Cinemalaya is opening with a four-hour-and-thirty-minute film come August 2 at the CCP Main Theater. Lav Diaz’s “Ang Hupa (The Halt)” is the the center of this bold move for the most anticipated film festival in the country. 

This screening is a homecoming of sort for Diaz’s “Ang Hupa” after making its world premiere at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight, the non-competition section of Cannes Film Festival, in France early this year. 

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Cinemalaya 2019’s Short Film Finalists Revealed

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. announce the finalists for the Short Film Category of the 2019 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

From 168 submitted entries, the selection committee, composed of Nick Deocampo, Teddy Co, Milo Sogueco, Alvin Yapan and Law Fajardo, narrowed down the list and confirmed the 10 finalists.

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IN PHOTOS: 30 Years of Alternative Cinema at the CCP

Photos by Euden Valdez

ESTABLISHED in 1987, the Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video has become the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia. Throughout the three decades, it has discovered and developed cinematic talents in the country. 

Last Augustust 4 to 6, Gawad CCP Alternatibo held its 30th edition at the Cultural Center of Philippines in time with the Cinemalaya Philippine Independen Film Festival. It cited the best efforts of Filipino filmmakers in four categories: Animation, Experimental, Documentary and Short Feature. 

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‘Kumander Liway:’ Martial Law Told Through the Eyes of a Family

BY EUDEN VALDEZ

“MAYBE in the future, if I am able to develop a rich enough material on the subject,” said filmmaker Kip Oebanda when asked about creating a film about the life of “Kumander Liway,” a former New People’s Army (NPA) leader in Negros Occidental during Martial Law. (In detention, but independent, Inquirer.net)

The year was 2014. 

Oebanda did not want to rush because the story was “deeply personal and serious.” So in the years to come, he wrote and directed instead three independent films, “Tumbang Preso” (2014), “Bar Boys” and “Nay” (2017), which nevertheless showcased his capacity as a storyteller. In between, continuously researching and developing the biographical film–but always doubting.

“Ayoko talaga siyang gawin noong una, honestly. Why would I put myself in a dangerous position. ‘Liway’ will inevitably have a political slant,” Oebanda said. (The Reel Life of Kip Oebanda, Manila Bulletin)

But “the time is right,” so he said. 

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‘Pan de Salawal’ Will Leave You Smiling After Watching

BY EUDEN VALDEZ

THESPIAN Bodjie Pascua returned to the big screen in this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Starring in the full-length entry “Pan de Salawal” (The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies), Pascua portrayed Sal, an ageing baker who has lost the will to live after being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

While his character was a far cry from the jolly, lively Kuya Bodjie we used to know in a kiddie TV show, Pascua managed to warm the hearts of Cinemalaya audiences with the help of 7-year-old child actor Miel Espinosa.

The tandem of Sal (Pascua) and Aguy (Espinosa) showed how one’s “dying” outlook in life could change with a just a “little” nudge.

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All the ‘Indie Nation’ and ‘Dokyu’ selections to catch at Cinemalaya 2018

(FROM THE CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES)

BEYOND showcase of competing films in full-length and short categories, the 14th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival is also giving its audiences a myriad of films in various genres, catering to different cinematic preferences and experiences. 

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IN PHOTOS: The 10 Full-Length Films at the Cinemalaya 2018

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation are set to roll out the red carpet for the 14th edition of the country’s biggest independent film festival.

Themed “Wings of Vision,” the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival runs from August 3 to 12 at various venues of the CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas. It promises to deliver the best visual storytelling to every film enthusiast with its line-up of full-length films and short features.

​There is surely a film that captures every audience’s imagination among these 10 competing full-length entries.

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Short Film Finalists at Cinemalaya 2018 Revealed

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

THE Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. announces the Short Film Category finalists of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018.

The 10 finalists are: Logro by Kani Villaflor; Si Astri Maka Si Tambulah by Xeph Suarez; Babylon by Keith Deligero; Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month by Carlo Francisco Manatad; Sa Saíyang Islá (In His Island) by Christian Candelaria; You, Me and Mr. Wiggles by Jav Velasco; Nangungupahan by Glenn Barit; Kiko by Jojo Driz; Siyudad Sa Bulawan (City of Gold) by Jarell Serencio and Olivia Ranido; and Yakap by Mika Fabella.

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‘Respeto’ Wins Respect, Top Awards at Cinemalaya 2017

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

AFTER receiving rave reviews from Cinemalaya audiences—who are film aficionados and festival newbies alike—“Respeto” by Alberto “Treb” Monteras 2nd also won the coveted Best Film in this year’s edition of the independent film festival.

An exploration of the Philippine hip-hop underground world where a young aspiring rapper and a Martial Law poet cross paths, “Respeto” emerged as the biggest winner at the awards night held on August 13 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater. Besides being recognized as Best Film, it also won Best Supporting Actor for Dido de la Paz, Best Sound for Corinne De San Jose, Best Editing for Lawrence Ang, the 2017 NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) Award and the Audience Choice Award.

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REVIEW: ‘Respeto’ Deserves Every Viewer’s Respect

Text and Photos by Euden Valdez

DIRECTED by veteran music video director Treb Monteras 2nd, scored by South Border frontman Jay Durias, and topbilled by today’s most in-demand hip-hop artist Abra.

One would easily think that “Respeto” is film about music, particularly the fliptop scene and how the underdog rapper makes his way to the top of the underground world—as is said in its synopsis. But watching it proved otherwise because all those were secondary to the film’s bigger picture, deeper message and powerful portrayals.

This was what Monteras succeeded doing in his first-ever movie, no less than a full-length entry at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2017. It held its gala screening on August 6 at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), home of Cinemalaya.

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