The most-celebrated indie film festival in the country, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is back and now on its 9th year!
A 10-day run showcasing new indie films will be shown in select theaters from July 26 to August 4.
Ten new breed and five director's showcase full-length films will be shown in CCP theaters, TriNoMa, Greenbelt, and Alabang Town Center cinemas.
Check out the entries below, with their posters and trailers.
"Amor y Muerte"
Director: Cesar Evangelista
Writer: Jerry Gracio
Cast: Althea Vega, Markki Stroem, Adrian Sebastian, and Ama Quiambao. Also starring: Mico Palanca, Kuya Manzano, Amante Pulido.
Synopsis: Set in 16th century, "Amor Y Muerte" (means "love and death") is an examination of the initial encounter between the Indios (natives) and their colonizers (Spaniards) and their conflicting views on love, passion, religion, and sexuality.
Director: Gil Portes
Written by: Senedy Que
Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Jan Harley Hicana, John Michael Bonapos, Cris Villanueva, Richard Quan, Jim Rocky Tangco, Sue Prado, Dax Alejandro, and Arnold Reyes
Synopsis: Based on a real-life sports scandal, "Liars" traces the incredible rise and the humiliating fall of a humble Filipino baseball team of young boys in an international baseball competition in 1990s.
Director: Jerrold Tarog
Written by: Jerrold Tarog
Cast: Paulo Avelino, Lovi Poe, Benjamin Alves, Ria Garcia, and TJ Trinidad
Synopsis: "Sana Dati" is a love story about a woman whose wedding is thrown into disarray when a mysterious person arrives and reminds her of the man she really loves. It is the third part of Jerrold Tarog's Camera Trilogy after "Confessional" (Cinema One Originals 2007) and "Mangatyanan" (Cinemalaya 2009).
Director: Adolfo Alix, Jr.
Written by: Ralston Jover
Cast: Angel Aquino, Carlo Aquino, Rosanna Roces, and Yul Servo
Synopsis: "Porno" is a powerful story about individuals linked by pornography. Three souls, one explicit illusion. To find the ultimate joy in their empty lives. A safe haven, where passion and love mean humanity, ecstasy means enlightenment; and the soul is the ultimate arbiter of the truth.
"Ekstra (The Bit Player)"
Director: Jeffrey Jeturian
Writers: Jeffrey Jeturian, Antoinette Jadaone, and Zig Dulay
Cast: Ms. Vilma Santos, Marlon Rivera, Vincent de Jesus, Ruby Ruiz, Tart Carlo, Piolo Pascual, Eula Valdes, Pilar Pilapil, Cherie Gil, Cherry Pie Picache, Richard Yap, and Marian Rivera
Synopsis: A socio-realist drama-comedy film, which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation on the marginalized laborers like her.
"The Diplomat Hotel"
Director: Christopher Ad Castillo
Writer: Christopher Ad Castillo
Cast: Gretchen Barretto, Art Acuña, Mon Confiado, Joel Torre, Nico Antonio, Chanel Latorre, Abe Pagtama, and introducing Sarah Gaugler
Synopsis: A disgraced reporter seeks redemption by leading his documentary crew to spend one night and tell the story of what really happened at the haunted and infamous The Diplomat Hotel (Baguio City).
Director: Hannah Espia
Writer: Hannah Espia
Cast: Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral, Marc Justine Alvarez and Jasmine Curtis-Smith
Synopsis: "Transit" begins and ends in an airport during a father and son's transit flight from Tel Aviv to Manila. It tells the story of Moises, a Filipino single-dad working as a caregiver in Herzliya, Israel, who comes home to his son Joshua's 4th birthday. It was on that day that Moises, together with their Filipino neighbors, Janet and her daughter Yael, find out that the Israeli government is going to deport children of foreign workers. Afraid of the new law, Moises and Janet decide to hide their children from the immigration police by making them stay inside the house.
Director: Joseph Israel Laban
Writer: Joseph Israel Laban
Cast: Nadine Samonte, Jake Cuenca, Anita Linda, Manny Castañeda, Mikael Liwag, and Barbara Miguel
Synopsis: Inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, "Nuwebe" follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father… Her story is complex. Krista refuses to see herself as a victim. With an almost documentary style, "Siyam" follows Krista's story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon to her age. Her mother on the other hand is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.
Director: Mikhail Red
Writers: Mikhail Red and Ian Victoriano
Cast: Ronnie Quizon, Suzette Ranillo, Earl Ignacio, Abe Pagtama, Mike Lloren, Joe Gruta, and Belinda Mariano
Synopsis: "Rekorder" tells the story of a former 1980's film cameraman who now currently works as a movie pirate operating in present day Manila. He routinely smuggles a digital camcorder into movie theaters in order to illegally record films. One night he records something else... And the footage goes viral.
"Babagwa (The Spider's Lair)"
Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
Writer: Jason Paul Laxamana
Cast: Alex Vincent Medina, Joey Paras, Alma Concepcion, Kiko Matos, Nico Antonio, Chanel Latorre, Garry Lim, Raqs Regalado, Marx Topacio, and Sunshine Teodoro
Synopsis: An internet scammer falls in love with a rich old maid while trying to swindle her using a fake Facebook profile.
Director: Eduardo Roy, Jr.
Writer: Eduardo Roy, Jr.
Cast: Mimi Juareza, Junjun Quintana, Miggs Cuaderno, Natashia Yumi, Felipe Martinez, John Relucio, Giggle Esmeralda, Francine Garcia, and Rolando Inocencio
Synopsis: Dorina believes she is a lady incarcerated inside a male body. She's got herself a flourishing career, albeit in an illegal cosmetic surgery business. She is a mother figure to Hero, her eight year old nephew. She acts as a devoted wife to Uno. Between her job and her family, Dorina feels that she is one lucky woman. Until Uno falls in love with another tranny (transvestite).
Director: Carlo Obispo
Writer: Carlo Obispo
Cast: Krystel Valentino, Miggs Cuaderno, Arnold Reyes, Angeli Bayani, Jean Judith Javier, Carlon Matobato, Olive Nieto, Karen Haniel, Max Celada, Aaron Ching, Sheenly Gener, and Julian Trono
Synopsis: A countryside dramedy (drama-comedy) that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who live by themselves after their mother went abroad and their father lived with another woman. Set in a remote purok, where people display positive outlook in life despite daily struggles, the film features the light side of country lifestyle as the main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to take hold of their sweet childhood.
Director: Emmanuel Quindo Palo
Writers: Liza Magtoto and Emmanuel Quindo Palo
Cast: Eula Valdes, Sid Lucero, Quester Hannah (American theater actor), Art Acuña, Anita Linda, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Rocky Salumbides, Jess Mendoza, Will Devaughn, Mariella Castillo, and Dax Martin.
Synopsis: "David F" is written as a triptych with 3 short stories hinged together by the story of David Fagan, a real life historical character in the early 1900's. He is a black American who was a member of the American regimen that was sent by the US government during the Philippine-American war. He became famous (or infamous) when he deserted the US troops and joined the sides of the Filipino revolutionaries. He was declared as a public enemy of the US government when he lead a series of battle with the Filipino revolutionaries against American soldiers. He was promoted as colonel of the Filipino troops under Emilio Aguinaldo and married a Filipina.
Director: Alvin Yapan
Writer: Alvin Yapan
Cast: Paulo Avelino and Mara Lopez
Synopsis: Mando, a Bicolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, injures himself. He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome, living at the foot of Mount Mayon. They will fall in love with each other. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando's love for her; while Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift a curse that involves his life.
Director: Leo Abaya
Writer: Leo Abaya
Cast: Eugene Domingo, Rico J. Puno, Luis Alandy, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Tuesday Vargas, Matt Evans, Jojit Lorenzo, Nicco Manalo, and Yuki Matsuzaki (Japanese actor from Hollywood).
Synopsis: Story of a summer's journey of Bechayda amidst a highly visualized world where the video screen reigns supreme. Bechayda is a wardrobe mistress in TV commercials who pretends to be pregnant to keep her Japanese fiance.