One of the country’s biggest film festivals is back with a great lineup of local and foreign movies. The QCinema International Film Festival has produced some of the best Pinoy films in the past few years. Last year’s Audience Choice awardee, ‘Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo‘, is having a well-deserved commercial run.
The 2016 edition of QCinema runs from October 13 to 22. Participating films will be screened in Ayala Trinoma, Gateway Mall, Robinson’s Movieworld Galleria, and UP Town Center.
The festival opens with ‘The Handmaiden’, which is directed by Korean director Park Chan-wook and an official selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, Cannes 2016 Best Actress Jaclyn Jose is also part of the QCinema 2016 lineup as she stars in ‘Patay na si Jesus’. She’s going head to head with an other veteran actress: superstar Nora Aunor, who top-bills ‘Hinulid’.
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There’s something for every film buff in this year’s sections and lineup. Seven films compete in the Circle Competition, the main full-length feature contest. Seven short films complete in #QCSHORTS. Meanwhile, six films are part of the competitive Asian Next Wave, including one film from the Philippines and another one jointly produced by Malaysia and Philippines.
The festival also features these other non-competitive sections: Back Throwback (digitally restored Pinoy film classics), Cinema Rehiyon (Pinoy regional films), Focus on Mike De Leon, QCinema Reloaded (films of past QCinema runs), Pinoy Spotlight, RainbowQC (LGBT films), Screen International, Tribute to Kielowski (in commemoration of the Polish director’s 20th death anniversary). There will be no shortage of quality films.
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CIRCLE COMPETITION (Full-length)
- Ang Manananggal sa Unit 32B
SYNOPSIS: Jewel is a mysterious woman who lives alone in the city. She has a secret which has led her to settle into a lonely existence. That is, until she meets Nico, a broken-hearted, down-and-out guy who also feels unlovable like she does. Jewel is torn between wanting to love him and wanting to save him from herself. Will he accept her if he knew the truth about her? Can she ever find love, or is she destined to be alone forever?
DIRECTOR: Prime Cruz
SCREENPLAY: Jen Chuansu
CAST: Ryza Cenon | Martin del Rosario | Cholo Barretto | Vangie Labalan
- Baboy Halas
SYNOPSIS: An indigenous family, one of the last forest people of old, copes with the unusual changes in their environment including the imposing lifestyle and customs of the more sociable tribes on the plains.
FILMMAKERS: Bagane Fiola, Bem Di Lera, Charlie Daclan, Janna Moya, Joel Geolamen, Mark Limbaga, Raphael Meting, Willie Apa
CAST: Omeles Laglagan | Ailyn Laglagan | Vangelyn Panihao | Jhea Mae Laglagan
- Best. Partee. Ever.
SYNOPSIS: Mikey, a young, discreet, gay man from the affluent class, spends five years in a city jail while hearing his case for drug pushing. Inside prison, Mikey holds back to adapt to the culture and stratification among inmates. Eventually, Mikey becomes a ‘Mayor’ (ring leader) to a group of gay inmates called “Gang-da”. Together, they thrive to survive the dangers of several gang riots, the mundane, and the decay of human dignity.
DIRECTOR: Howard “HF” Yambao
SCREENPLAY: Honee Alipio
CAST: JC De Vera | Mercedes Cabral | Jordan Herrera | Kristofer King | Aaron Rivera | Angela Cortez
SYNOPSIS: A woman returns to the village of Kagbunga in the Bikol region carrying the ashes of her only son via the old train that circles her universe like the tandayag, the primordial serpent. In a filial act of mourning, she will reckon and reconcile the thin line that exists between tragedy and transcendence and prove and that even the most broken life can be restored to its moments.
DIRECTOR: Kristian Sendon Cordero
SCREENPLAY: K.S. Cordero
CAST: Nora Aunor | Jess Mendoza | Raffi Banzuela | Jesus Volante | Delia Enverga | Ken Balmes
- Patay Na Si Hesus
SYNOPSIS: When Iyay, a single mother, learns that her estranged husband has died, she drags the entire family on a road trip from Cebu to Dumaguete to attend the funeral. With her children – Hubert, who has Down Syndrome; Jude, a lovesick transman; Jay, who is living the bum life – as her passengers, Iyay drives her tiny multicab on a journey that yields unexpected stopovers, detours, and revelations.
DIRECTOR: Victor Villanueva
SCREENPLAY: Fatrick Tabada, Moira Lang
CAST: Jaclyn Jose | Chai Fonacier | Melde Montañez | Vincent Viado | Mailes Kanapi | Olive Nieto Sheenly Gener
SYNOPSIS: “Purgatoryo””tells the story of Ilyong. A recently-dead man killed by the police, after he was caught stealing. This is the beginning of his story, his death. Soon after, he was brought into a sleazy funeral home, run by Violet, a greedy homosexual who has learned to survive by renting out the dead bodies in his funeral home to Simon. Along for the ride is Jojo, a police officer who is under the payroll of Simon and who supplies the dead bodies for Violet to take care of and make money from. Violet has two workers, On-on and Dyograd. They clean the bodies and prepares them for the wake. On-on, for all his good looks, no longer feels alive except when he is gambling. Dyograd on the other hand, only feels alive when he is having sex. All in all it was a good team until Ilyong came and then one after another, the misfortunes came. Someone recognized him for who he really is, creating trouble for Violet. And he must make a decision whether to keep Ilyong or just throw him out. If she does, who will replace Ilyon? They cannot close shop. There is after all, no rest for the wicked.
DIRECTOR: Roderick Cabrido
SCREENPLAY: Denise O’Hara, Roderick Cabrido
CAST: Bernardo Bernardo | Kristoffer King | Jess Mendoza | Arnold Reyes | Rollie Innnocencio | Elora Españo
- Women of the Weeping River
SYNOPSIS: Satra, a widow is caught in an escalating blood feud stretching back generations. She initially seeks vengeance for the death of husband but finds herself being convinced by Farida to leave the land after the death of her only child Amiya. Beyond the will of her family she secretly meets up with the matriarch of the rival clan to seek possible reconciliation.
DIRECTOR: Sheron Dayoc
SCREENPLAY: Sheron Dayoc
CAST: Laila Putli P. Ulao | Sharifa Pearlsia P. Ali-Dans | Taha G. Daranda | Dalma D. Baginda | Hasim P. Kasim | Mohammad Yusop A. Hajiraini
#QCSHORTS (Short films)
- Contestant #4 (Joshua Joven and Kaj Palanca)
- Hondo (Aedrian Araojo)
- If You Leave (Eduardo “Dodo” Dayao)
- Padating (Gabrielle Tayag)
- Papa’s Shadow (Inshallah Montero)
- Sayaw sa Butal (Victor Nierva)
- Viva Viva Escolta (Janus Victoria)
ASIAN NEXT WAVE
- Apprentice (Boo Junfeng) – Singapore
- By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong) – Thailand
- Old Stone (Johnny Ma) – China
- Singing in Graveyards (Bradley Liew) – Malaysia/Philippines
- Solo, Solitude (Yosep Anggi Noen) – Indonesia
- Woven Wings of Our Children (Anton Juan) – Philippines