July 12, 2018

Witness These 10 Films at Cinemalaya 2018!

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  • Cinema Paradiso (1988) may have set the bars high in the motion picture industry. It is a classic—a staple food to any film enthusiast yearning for a taste of the past, to ready the same ingredients for the present, and to finally spice things up for the future.

    This year, as Cinemalaya boils up and readies to soar with wings at the ready to land on the big screen with a resounding clap, Philippine Primer gives you its list of must-watch films you should not miss this August!

    ML by Benedicto Mique, Jr.

    Others say it was the Philippines’ own version of the Golden Age. Others argue it left not only a bad taste in the Filipino’s mouths, but a crimson-stained past that left the country bloodied and bruised. Do you ever wonder what Martial Law really looked like back then? Three teens wondered, and their curiosity may have just been their death sentence. With the Eddie Garcia at the forefront, no one is truly sure if anyone could ever exit alive.

    Kuya Wes by James Robin Mayo

    How far will you go just to feel loved and appreciated? Well, Kuya Wes of Western Remittance seemed to have gone too far when he allegedly funded his regular customer-slash-crush, Erika, with his own money! Will he wake up from his, well, mistake? We hope to find out!

    Mamang by Denise O’Hara

    How does the world look like, given a lens riddled with dementia? Mamang’s journey gives a glimpse of the dilemma of having to make a choice. Do you have to stay sane? Or can you succumb to the pull of your shrinking memories? One thing is for certain—it is a difficult decision to make and we are all eyes and ears to find out.

    Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset) by Carlo Enciso Catu

    Sunsets are one of the most glorious affairs of the day; but for others, this is simply just the end of the road and a ticking time bomb waiting to detonate. One of the much-awaited films today tackles the less-talked-about topic of death and how waiting for it looks like. With the added theme of forgiveness, it looks like another tear-jerker movie is on its way to the cinemas.

    Pan de Salawal (The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies) by Che Espiritu

    Maybe it’s true: to be kind to a stranger might just be being kind to angels without knowing. Different people with different frailties get to meet Aguy, a street child, who is able to heal everyone who seeks her except for one—Sal. What would it get to alleviate Sal’s pain and what does salawal (undies in English) have to do with it? I guess we will have to wait for August to find out.

    Liway by Kip Oebanda

    Mothers are known to do literally everything for the sake of their children; to cover them from the harsh realities the world seems to bombard its inhabitants with. The story of the fairy, Liway, seemed to be a mother’s soul weapon to envelop her child to a peaceful bubble inside a prison cell, and retain his stolen childhood. With Glaiza de Castro as Day singing her rendition of Himig ng Pag-Ibig in the film trailer, this will surely be one artful piece we need to witness.

    School Service by Luisito Ignacio

    It was a typical day. The “school service,” with its perceivable yellow, bubbly personality, stops by to drive a child, Maya, home. It was alright. What would a typical school service do? What makes it a must-watch, besides Ai-Ai delas Alas starring in the movie, lies in the fear it can instill for having an innocent school bus pass you by and take you away.

    Musmos na Sumibol Sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land) by Lionel Arondaing

    It was an age-old, timeless love that permitted star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet to meet, and love that apparently made Bonnie stay with Clyde despite bullets running after the notorious outlaws at every corner. Now, love takes center stage once more as two Muslims find peace in the forest, sheltered as they are in each other’s friendship, despite the never-ending feud in Mindanao and the clash between their kin.

    The Lookout by Afi Africa

    What you experience during childhood, you get to carry as a baggage in the present. Andres Vasquez as Lester Quiambao takes his vulgar past, taking on the role of a gay assassin, off to exact retribution towards the love of his life. Watch out for the lookout!

    DISTANCE by Percival Intalan

    For others, the past is something better left as is. Like wounds, nothing good will come out of reopening—or in this case, rehashing them. Distance by Percival Intalan looks something like this: it threatens—not really to open wounds, but in healing them. With undertones of possible redemption and forgiveness between mother, her children, and her ex-husband, that distance may just be covered quickly.

    So, among these full-length, independent films, which ones will you be watching out for? You are more than welcome to let us know through the comments section below! We’d like to hear from you.

    Written by Chin Sanigan

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