The most awaited independent flm festival in the country has recently announced the finalist for the Full Length and Short Feature categories. Yes, it’s Cinemalaya season once again, and this year’s roster is nothing but promising. Don’t forget to support local films!
Here are the films you should watch out for this year in Cinemalaya:
1. ANG PAMILYANG HINDI LUMULUHA by Mes de Guzman
A woman is desperate to bring back her husband and her children, but only a popular “family without tears” can restore her hopes to rebuild her own family.
2. ANG GURO KONG DI MARUNONG MAGBASA (My Teacher Who Doesn’t Know How To Read) by Perry Escano
“In this barrio, the number of child warrior grows when their illiterate teacher disappears and education is ignored.”
3. NABUBULOK by Sonny Calvento
Luna is missing. Jason Harper, her American husband, is alleged of killing her. As Jason intends to leave the country, circumstances conspire to avert his plan.
4. REQUITED by Nerissa Picadizo
A dramatic biking love story with splashes of adventure. “Requited” is about a disease-stricken biker who wants to conquer a treacherous terrain on one final adventure that pitted him against nature and the woman he desires.
5. RESPETO by Treb Monteras II
An amateur young hiphop rapper and a grumpy veteran poet cross paths during a stand-off between riot police and squatters. Both are compelled to interact and deal with each other’s problems, healing the wounds of the past and having a new perspective on writing their respective verses.
6. BACONAUA by Joseph Israel Laban
After a particularly strong squall, a sleepy fishing village in a tiny island in Southern Tagalog wakes up to an astonishing sight – their sea has turned red. Floating on their waters are thousands of apples. No one knows where it came from. Some see it as a bad omen from the baconaua – a creature of myth. A few think it’s a miracle from heaven. While others fear a more sinister source.