Thursday, August 6, 2015

Cinemalaya Eleven

It's that time of the year again!

I've been attending Cinemalaya for a decade now. It has been a tradition for me. It didn't even matter if there was a film I wanted to see or not, I would still be present every year. This year however, I find myself second guessing whether to attend or not.

For this year, Cinemalaya will only be holding the competition for the short films category. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love short films. What made me sad is that there will only be a handful of new Filipino films this year :( I get it though, they want to improve the quality of the full lengths but it still doesn't make it less sad.

Instead of Philippine-made full lengths, Cinemalaya will feature Asian films. Of the ones on the list, these two (kinda) interests me (pictures and description taken from the Cinemalaya website):

Having just entered puberty, bride (Dilan Aks├╝t) had been forced to marry with groom (Ilyas Salman) who is 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. – Sabri B. (Hanoi 2012)

Three orphaned siblings find themselves battling with a corrupt local police chief over ownership of their mother’s ancestral home, in this playfully stylized, deadpan-funny tragicomedy. (Cultural Resistance Film Festival, Lebanon, 2014)

Cinemalaya also has an Indie Nation section which will feature newly-minted independent films produced in the Philippines. This section will only have one-time screenings. There are a couple of films I found interesting but because they were only one-time screenings, their schedules played an important factor on whether I want to watch them or not.

I'm not sure how many of the films I'll be seeing at Cinemalaya this year, or if I will be seeing any of them. But the ones I end up seeing, I will definitely be writing about. If you ever bump into me at CCP, don't hesitate to say hi!

For more information on the films and screenings, click here: Cinemalaya website

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