CINEMALAYA 2015 PRESS RELEASES


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“AWARD WINNING ASIAN INDIE FILM SHOWCASE AT CINEMALAYA 2015”

 

AWARD winning Asian indie films from 2012 to 2015 will be showcased in the The Independents: Asian Showcase section of the 11th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on August 7-15, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Greenbelt 3.

 

Zhang Yimou’s acclaimed Coming Home (China/2014) with Chinese superstar Gong Li in the lead role will open the Asian showcase on August 8, 9 p.m. at the CCP Main Theater. Set in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, Coming Home depicts a woman’s struggle to regain her memory and reconnect with her long-imprisoned husband.

 

The Asian indie film section will offer award winning films of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) such as Poet on a Business Trip by Ju Anqi, The Monk by The Maw Naing, Six Feet High by Sanal Kumar Sashidaran, Summer Kyoto by Hiroshi Toda, The Night of Silence by Reis Celik, The Move by Marat Saruklu, The Owners by Adikhana Yerzhanov and The Ferry by Shi Wei. Other prizewinning Asian indie films to be shown are The Tale of Princess Kaguya by Isao Takahata and The Last Reel by Sotho Kulikar.

 

  • POET ON A BUSINESS TRIP by Ju Anqi (China, 2014) is a documentary shot more than 10 years ago. In this film, a poet sets off on a ‘business trip’ through inhospitable Xinjiang province. The physically exhausting trip provides an existential brothel visit, bumping on bad roads, and a glimpse of a disappearing world. Poet on a Business Trip won the NETPAC Award for the best Asian film at the International Rotterdam Festival 2015.

 

  • THE MONK by The Maw Naing (Myanmar/Czech Republic/ 2014) is a sensitive coming-of-age tale that revolves around a young monk, Zawana, who had spent most of his life in a monastery in the Burmese countryside. When his superior falls ill, Zawana is faced with the dilemma of deciding if the life of a monk is still his destiny. The Monk was the NETPAC winner in International Festival of Asian Cinema in Vesoul 2015.

 

  • SIX FEET HIGH by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan (India/2014) is a love story that catalogues the journey of a man who has been jerked out of his ‘free’ urban and promiscuous existence by the mysterious disappearance of his estranged lover. Six Feet High is NETPAC award winner for the best Malayalam language film at 2014 International Film Festival of Kerala.

 

  • SUMMER, KYOTO by Hiroshi Toda (Japan/2014). Taking place somewhere in Kyoto, Mr. and Mrs. Nakamura makes scented bags for a living. One night, when the husband takes a walk alone, he finds an old man lying helpless on the street. He takes the old man to his house and offers a night’s lodging. Next day the old man, getting back on his feet, offers help to show his gratitude. The husband then asks him to deliver the products to their customers. The old man leaves and doesn’t return, just as his wife expected. Summer, Kyoto won the NETPAC award for Best Asian Film in International Film Festival of Kerala

 

  • THE NIGHT OF SILENCE by Reis Celik (Turkey/2012) tells the story of a child bride who is forced to marry a man more than fifty years older than her and who just returned to his hometown after doing years of jail time. Sitting in the nuptial chamber with horror, she will start to face with realities after grandfather-aged groom steps into the room. The Night of Silence won the NETPAC award in the 2012 Hanoi International Film Festival.

 

  • THE MOVE by Marat Sarulu (Kyrgyzstan/2014) is about drifting and evolving to new worlds. The plot revolves around three characters: a mother, her daughter, and a grandfather. The mother persuades her father and her daughter, who live together in a small house by the river, to move to the city with her. But problems hinder the transitional success of the family. The Move won the NETPAC award in the 2014 Black Nights Film Festival.

 

  • THE OWNERS by Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan/2014) is about three orphaned siblings who battle with a corrupt local police chief over ownership of their mother’s ancestral home, in this playfully stylized, deadpan-funny tragicomedy. The Owners won the Grand Prix and the NETPAC award in the 2014 International Cultural Resistance Film Festival in Lebanon.

 

  • THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA by Isao Takahata (Japan/2013) begins one day in the forest when a simple bamboo cutter Okina finds a baby in the folds of a bamboo shoot, and brings the infant home to his wife Ona. Naming the child Kaguya and raising her as their own, the couple soon discovers that their daughter is truly not of this world. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya was the official selection in Toronto International Film Festival 2014.

 

  • THE LAST REEL by Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia/2014) is all about a lost film buried beneath the killing fields that reveals different versions of the truth. The Last Reel is a contemporary story about love, family and ghosts of Cambodia’s past. The Last Reel won The Black Dragon Award, Udine Film Festival, 2015).

 

  • THE FERRY by Shi Wei (China/2012) is about Tian Huai’en is a quiet and simple man who had spent most of his life on a tiny boat he uses to ferry people across the Dashariver without accepting a dime for his service. But when he suddenly fell ill, the question of who will take over the ferry looms. The Ferry won the NETPAC award for the 2014 Vesoul International Festival of Asian Cinema.

 

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

 

To date, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 118 full feature independent films and 96 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

 

For screening schedules of Cinemalaya, visit http://www.cinemalaya.org, http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph   and the Cinemalaya facebook page or CCP Film Office at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP box office at 832-3704.

 

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“Real People, Real Lives in Cinemalaya’s Documentary Section”

 

Seven documentary films will elucidate and illuminate the lives of real people — the son of a rebel mother, parents devastated by the loss of all their children to super typhoon Haiyan, leading filmmakers of Southeast Asia, a Philippine folk dance troupe trying to make it internationally, a Philippine national artist, a young and idealistic teacher grappling with the Philippine public school system and a bipolar young man who sells books on the sidewalk to raise money for his college education — in the Documentary Section of the 11th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on August 7-15, 2015 at the CCP and Greenbelt 3.

 

Cinemalaya Documentaries will feature the following films:

 

  • MY REVOLUTIONARY MOTHER (2013) by Jethro Patalinghug is the filmmaker’s own story. Even at the age of 36, the filmmaker had never quite gotten over the gaping hole in his childhood: the perpetual absence of his mother as he grew up. His mother Virginia was an activist in the People’s Power Revolution of the 1980s, and constantly away from home. Fearing for her life, she eventually had little choice but to leave her family behind and flee to the United States. Twenty years after their separation, Jethro confronts Virginia about his sense of abandonment. It’s not a perfect reconciliation, but it’s an honest conversation between a mother and son that helps them move on.

 

  • SAYAW (2014) by Cecilio Asuncion explores the culture of ethnic dance communities through the journey of Jay Loyola Dance Company and its pursuit of a coveted spot in the venerable San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. The film follows renowned Filipino choreographer, Jay Loyola, as he endeavors to cast, rehearse, and audition his troupe for the festival.

 

  • NICK & CHAI (2014) by Cha Escada and Wena Sanchez steps into the the home of Nick and Chai Quieta four months after Super Typhoon Haiyan claimed the lives of all their four children. They have nothing but each other and a house torn to pieces. This film observes how they cope with their loss and what it is really like to lose all their children in one instant.

 

  • SALAMAT SA ALAALA (Thank you for the Memories) by Dik Trofeo is a tribute to National Artist for Cinema Gerardo de Leon in celebration of his Centennial Year. “Salamat sa Alaala” is inspired by the music composed by the late film director when he was a teenager playing background music for silent movies in Manila theatres. The video opens up with a capsulated history of the birth of the Filipino movies followed by a series of shots of veteran actresses, the academe and the young generation of filmmakers affirming his unique qualities as a world-class film figure. The film also unravels his private life as a family man.

 

  • SOUTHEAST ASIAN CINEMA: WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWS (2014) by Leonardo Lombrosio has four subjects: Brillante Mendoza – ultra neo-realist and pioneer in the regionalisation of Philippine Cinema; Pen-Ek Ratanaruang – American-educated “isolated man” and improvisational Thai New Wave auteur; Eric Khoo – an icon of Singaporean filmmaking and a food-loving, heat-hating lover of country and cinema; and Garin Nugroho –multicultural political filmmaker and magical realist extraordinaire.

 

  • THE BOY WHO CRIED BOOKS (GMA “Reel Time”) 2015 is about a young man, with bipolar disorder, decides to sell books on the sidewalk to save money for a college education.

 

  • TITSER (ANC “Mukha”) 2015 spotlights Sabrina Ongkiko or Sab who never aspired to be a public school teacher. A B.S. Biology graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, she finds herself conspicuously out of place at Culiat Elementary School, a public school set at the heart of one of the most depressed areas in Quezon City. Sab soon learned about the challenges of the public school system and, in her own little way, did her best to service the people who needed her the most—her students.

 

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

 

To date, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 118 full feature independent films and 96 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

 

For screening schedules, please visit http://www.cinemalaya.org and http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph or call the CCP Box Office at tel. no. 832-3704.

 

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“FREEBIES AT CINEMALAYA 2015”

 

Film buffs will enjoy a feast of cinematic treats for free at this year’s 11th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on August 7-15, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

 

The public is invited to attend the opening of Cinemalaya on August 7, 6 p.m. at the CCP Main Theater. A special program will be held to open the Festival followed by screening of Brillante Mendoza’s award-winning film Taklub.

 

Taklub is a story of three major characters – Bebeth, Larry and Erwin, whose lives intertwine after the Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the city of Tacloban – leaving survivors to search for their dead, while keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be.

 

Superstar and showbiz icon Nora Aunor plays Bebeth who searches for the remains of her three children in the hope that any identified records could match a DNA test from those buried at the mass grave. Julio Diaz is Larry who has lost his wife and consoles himself by joining a group of devout Catholics carrying a life-size cross around the city.  Aaron Rivera is Erwin, who together with his elder brother tries to hide the truth of their parents’ death from their little sister.

 

Director Brillante Mendoza is one of the most prominent and important Filipino filmmakers today.  He is the first Filipino to compete and won in 3 major international film festivals, showing authentic Filipino stories to the world.

 

All screenings of the film entries competing in the Ika-27 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video and competition winners will be shown free of charge.  This yearly competition, considered the longest-running independent film competition in Asia, will be held during the Cinemalaya Festival. The Gawad Alternatibo, as it is called for short, has four competition categories:  Animation, Experimental, Short Feature and Documentary. Slated on August 8, 9 and 11, it will be held at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater).

 

Free admission will also be offered to the public for the screenings of films produced as the final output of students who just completed the Cinemalaya Institute’s six-week course Basic Filmmaking: The Silent Film under award-winning director Carlitos Siguion-Reyna.

 

The public also is invited to attend the closing program and awards night of Cinemalaya on August 15, 6 p.m. at the CCP Little Theater.

 

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

 

To date, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 118 full feature independent films and 96 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

 

For more information about Cinemalaya, visit http://www.cinemalaya.org, http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya facebook page or CCP Media Arts Office at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

 

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“NORA AUNOR SHINES IN THREE FILMS AT CINEMALAYA”

 

 

SUPERSTAR and multi-awarded actress Nora Aunor stars in three films showing at the 11th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on August 7-15, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Greenbelt 3. These are Taklub, Dementia and Kinabukasan.

 

The award winning Taklub by Brillante Mendoza will open Cinemalaya on August 7, 7pm at the CCP Main Theater.  Taklub is a story of three major characters – Bebeth, Larry and Erwin, whose lives intertwine after the Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the city of Tacloban – leaving survivors to search for their dead, while keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be.

 

Aunor plays Bebeth who searches for the remains of her three children in the hope that any identified records could match a DNA test from those buried at the mass grave.  Julio Diaz is Larry who has lost his wife and consoles himself by joining a group of devout Catholics carrying a life-size cross around the city. Aaron Rivera is Erwin, who together with his elder brother tries to hide the truth of their parents’ death from their little sister.

 

The much-acclaimed Dementia by Perci Intalan has Aunor playing the role of a woman dealing with early onset of dementia. But is it really dementia or is there something really haunting her? Jasmine Curtis Smith, Yul Servo, Bing Loyzaga, Chynna Ortaleza and Althea Vega appear with Aunor in this film that won awards and nominations at both local and foreign film festivals. Dementia will be shown on August 11, 6:15 p.m. at the CCP Little Theater.

 

Aunor plays an older woman moving on from a painful loss in the short film Kinabukasan (The Day After) by Adolfo Alix. A link from the past appears—a young man who has questions that she must help him find answers for. Rosanna Roces and Alden Richards co-star in this film. Kinabukasan will be screened on August 8, 3:30 pm at the CCP Little Theater.

 

Aunor was named Best Actress in Cinemalaya 2014 for her performance in Hustisya in the Directors Showcase category.

 

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

 

To date, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 118 full feature independent films and 96 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

 

For screening schedules of Cinemalaya, visit http://www.cinemalaya.org, http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph  and the Cinemalaya facebook page or CCP Film Office at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

 

 

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