“CINEMALAYA 2016 MEMORIES” WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BY DON GORDON BELL…

SA DAPIT HAPON NG BUHAY MO, SIMPLE NA LANG SIGURO ANG KALIGAYAHAN MO. NGINGITI KA NA SA BANAYAD NA SALPOK NG HANGIN SA IYONG MUKHA, O SA MASASAYANG PATAK NG ULAN NA DUMADALOY BUHAT SA ULO MO, NA TILA BINIBIRO KA AT KINIKILITI…

SA DAPIT HAPON NG BUHAY MO, ISA LANG DIN SA MGA BAGAY NA HINIHILING MO AY ‘YUNG MAKAPANOOD KA NG MGA ARTISTIKONG PELIKULA NA GAWA NG MGA MAKABAGONG ARTISTIKONG NILALANG SA IKA-PITONG SINING.

NA MAPAPANOOD MO LAMANG SA ISANG PESTIBAL NA TULAD NG CINEMALAYA…

SA CLOSING DAY NG CINEMALAYA AY NASAKSIHAN MO LAHAT IYON. NADAMA NG LUBUSAN.

ITO ANG IYONG CINEMALAYA 2016 MEMORIES.

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HAYUN KA AT NAKIPAG-USAP SA MGA HINDI BASTA-BASTANG FILM ARTISTS NA TULAD NINA DIREK JOEY ROMERO, BIBETH ORTEZA, RICKY LEE, JOEL LAMANGAN, ERIC RAMOS, MERCEDES CABRAL, SHANDII BACOLOD, PERRY ESCANO… AT IBA PA.

director joey romero with his NATIONAL ARTIST father eddie romero (r.i.p.)
director joey romero with his NATIONAL ARTIST father eddie romero (r.i.p.)
eric ramos, scriptwriter
eric ramos, scriptwriter
ricky lee
ricky lee

HAYUN KA AT BABA-AKYAT MULA SA RED CARPET STAIRS NG CCP – SA MAIN THEATER PABABA ULIT SA DREAM THEATER.

HINDI MO RIN ALAM, SI JACKIE AQUINO NA PALA YUNG NASA HARAP MO AT KAUSAP. SI JACKIE NA MULA SA MGA ANGKAN NG MGA AQUINO NA NABIRO-BIRO MO PA AT NAKIPAG-TAWANAN SA IYO…

HINDI MO RIN ALAM KUNG PAANO MO BABATIIN ANG INIIDOLO MONG SI LAURICE GUILLEN NA DUMAAN MISMO SA HARAP MO AT NINASA MONG HABULIN AT KUMUSTAHIN DAHIL MAGKAKILALA NAMAN KAYO…

MULA SA IBABA NG MAIN THEATER, TINANAW MO SI DIREK GIL PORTES, ANG IYONG ISA SA MGA TINUTURING NA KAIBIGANG DIREKTOR, NA SIYA RING DIREKTOR NG “HERMANO PULI”, ANG CLOSING FILM NG CINEMALAYA 2016.

mercedes cabral
mercedes cabral

ISANG NAPAKATAMIS NA NGITI MULA KAY MERCEDES CABRAL ANG LUBOS DING NAGPASAYA NG IYONG DAMDAMIN, SABAY SABI PA NIYANG- “KUMUSTA KA NA, ROBERT?” SAPAT NA IYON PARA MALAMAN MO, MAHAL KA PA RIN “NILA”- NG MUNDO NG PELIKULA…

don gordon bell
don gordon bell

INAKAP KA NI DIREK SHANDII HABANG PINIPIKTYURAN KAYO NG “GUARDIAN ANGEL” MO AT SPONSOR MO NU’NG ARAW NA IYON NA SI DON GORDON BELL (SI MR. BELL NA SIYANG DAHILAN KUNG BAKIT NAWALA ANG TAMPO MO SA CINEMALAYA)…

MAY MGA BAGONG KAIBIGAN KANG NAKILALA NA KASAMA NI MR. PAULEY VECINO NA FAN NG BETERANANG AKTRES NA SI DIVINA VALENCIA…

KAPAG TINITIGNAN KA NG MGA KABATAANG KAPWA MO NANONOOD NG MGA PELIKULA SA MAIN THEATER AT SA DREAM THEATER, ALAM MONG WELCOME NA WELCOME KA SA KANILA. NA “BELONG NA BELONG” KA…

MGA ESTUDYANTE SA U.P., YOUNG FILM ARTISTS, CELEBRITIES… LAHAT SILA, NARARAMDAMAN DIN ANG MGA NARARAMDAMAN MO NUNG MGA SANDALING IYON-

“THE FEELING OF MAGIC” IN WATCHING TRUE AND GENUINE FILMS NA HINDI KOMERSYAL ANG PAGKAKAGAWA.

BINATI KA NINA MARIO HERNANDO (A FILM CITIC), JOEL LAMANGAN, RICKY LEE, AT IBA PA.

PERO HIGIT SA LAHAT, NAKITA MO ANG DATI MONG KASAMAHAN SA PANULAT NA SI JOCELYN DINO, DATING KOLUMNISTA SA BALITA TABLOID, NA KASAMA NI JULIANITO V. VILLASANTA NA ISA RING MANUNULAT NA TULAD MO. NAG-BONDING KAYONG TATLO SA MULI. NI-RECALL NINYO ANG MGA ALA-ALA NUONG KAYO’Y MGA BATANG MANUNULAT PA LAMANG… MAGHAPON SA CINEMALAYA, MAGKAKASAMA KAYO…

HINDI MO AKALAIN, MAY ISA PA PALA.

KAY TAGAL MO SIYANG HINDI NAKITA. AT LUMAPIT SIYA SA IYO MULA SA KINAUUPUAN MO PARA KAMAYAN KA NG NAPAKAHIGPIT AT PUNO NG DAMDAMIN.

SIYA SI RAIN.

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SI RAIN YAMSON, ANG CINEMATOGRAPHER. SI RAIN, NA NAPAPANOOD MO NA NGAYON ANG KANYANG HUSAY AT GALING SA MGA TELESERYES NG CHANNEL 2…

AKALA MO ‘YUN NA ‘YON. PERO SA MAIN FACADE NG CCP, NAKITA MO MULI SI RAIN. NAG-USAP KAYO SANDALI. AT SA HULING SULYAP MO, NAKITA KA NIYA.

ITO ANG IYONG CINEMALAYA MEMORIES 2016.

AKALA MO, HINDI KA NA MAKAKAHABOL PA. PERO NAGKAMALI SILA.

“sabi ko naman sa inyo, hindi NIYA ako pababayaan, eh.”— sssip.*

HABAMBUHAY.

(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio)

WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS BY MR. DON GORDON BELL

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“YEAR-ENDERS”: why “palitan” was the best film i saw for the year 2012!

director ato bautista
director ato bautista
mon confiado
mon confiado
alex medina
alex medina
mara lopez
mara lopez
mara lopez & mon confiado in "palitan".
mara lopez & mon confiado in “palitan”.
alex and mara: best actor & best actress
alex and mara: best actor & best actress

It’s only a very small film, an “indie” (independent) film… With a very small production budget, tight setting and a simple cast. And yet, “Palitan”, one of the digital film entries at Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival this year, ranked as the best movie that this blogger saw and watched in the year 2012.

The movie started with a ‘definition’, showing the male lead character – portrayed so convincingly by Alex Medina- in a series of sexual pleasures and ‘one-night-stands’ that greatly defined his weakness and being a drifter in a harsh reality of his existence. A young man whose innocence was interrupted by an early marriage and forced labor (as he worked in an electronics shop that he didn’t seem to enjoy).

His equally young wife, portrayed so subtly and graciously by Mara Lopez, was a mystery. She wanted a happy marriage life but failed to assert her individuality and ‘value’ to her husband. Deep inside her, she was wanting a greater “satisfaction” out of life.

The wife was the object of desire to the husband’s boss- so sensitively portrayed by Mon Confiado. He was the “Peeping Tom”, as he demanded Alex to videotape his wife while taking a bath as a payment to all his financial debts. But it went too far, and soon, the boss and the young wife got trapped in the web of an illicit sexual affair.

The story plot was simple but so deep. The dialogues were brief, but so vast. It was a great screenplay.

The director of the film was Ato Bautista, and he surely did a great tribute to the “Scorpio Nights” classic film of director Peque Gallaga wherein the movie was somehow inspired.

Director Bautista’s vision of the Cinema was unique, compact and suspenseful with his style of “unpredictability”.

He used Close-Up shots, compressed settings and locations, and a smooth flow of editing to convey his kind of ART. You would feel that you were really there on that tight space and setting (in this film, the setting was in Raon St., Quiapo, Manila), and intimately, you’d feel you were almost touching the skin of the characters in his film. Almost so real… So intimate, indeed.

Kudos also to the Cinematographer of this film- Mr. Rain Yamson, for applying “squeezed shots” and minimal lightings in his ‘camera eye’, because those techniques were both so effective and brilliant.

There was something, too, in lead actor Alex Medina’s eyes in this movie. As he delivered his words in the film, his eyes would speak something more. His voice trembled in a few scenes, but they were so effective in conveying a certain emotion. Alex was so penetrating in this film. No wonder, he won the Best Actor award at the Cinema One Fest Awards for this movie.

Mara Lopez exuded so much sexiness and bareness in this movie, but you won’t feel any “dirty kind of art”. Her sex scenes with both Alex and Mon were done and choreographed in diversity- with Alex, it’s like a “robot sex” and with Mon, a “passionate kind of making love”. But both were directed with taste and a delicate touch of a creative mind that certainly pleased the viewers.

Mara acted so simply, delivered her lines so naturally and exuded a great aura of subdued performance. She, too, rightfully deserved the Best Actress award for Cinema One via this film.

But the one who provided a tremendous support for this movie was Mon Confiado. His style of acting here was full of essence and magnitude. His ruggedness- OVERWHELMING.

Mon was like a wet towel (in this film) and you could squeeze so much juicy talent and greatness in him as an actor. This was one of his greatest performances on screen.

Now, you ask again, why did “Palitan” became the best film for this blogger in the year 2012?

My answer: I hadn’t seen a movie that’s so real, so powerful and so imaginative as this. Even the ending shocked me. It’s the most original vision of a movie that I had ever seen.

Try to catch this film on DVD’s or any future screenings and you’ll know why.

“PALITAN”, the best Filipino film for the year 2012- for me. It’s my choice, and dare not contest it, okey?

 

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words by robert manuguid silverio