Cinema One Originals has made a name for itself as the film festival that breaks new ground and opens eyes to new modes of cinema, new forms of narrative, and new perspectives of storytelling. On its twelfth year, Cinema One Originals celebrates this with its new tagline: Anong Tingin Mo?
The literal translation of Anong Tingin Mo is “What do you think?” and in many ways, it encapsulates how any one film can be many different things to many different people but also exemplifies the multi-layered diversity that has been the hallmark of Cinema One Originals. This year will be all about different ways of looking at the same thing.
For the first time, Cinema One Originals gave grants to three original feature documentaries. Teng Mangansakan’s “Forbidden Memory” lifts the veil on the events of September 1974 as it talks to the survivors of a gruesome mass murder that has been kept under wraps for decades. Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera’s “Piding” traces the history of Oliver Carlos, a grieving ornithologist reeling from tragedy who comes back to his hometown. John Torres’ dreamlike, mysterious “People Power Bombshell” unearths a lost film by Celso Ad Castillo and probes its circumstances and implications.
Seven original narrative features were also given grants, three to Cinema One Originals alumni: “Lily,” about a woman who is rumored to be a half-monster, is Keith Deligero’s first foray into horror and myth. The quirky love story “Every Room Is A Planet” resumes Malay Javier’s fondness for juxtaposing science-fiction with youth culture. And Borgy Torre’s basketball crime film “Tisay” transposes his noir inflections onto a unique milieu.
Four first-time filmmakers will also make their debuts this year; Petersen Vargas’ dark high school comedy “2 Cool 2Be 4gotten,” Samantha Lee’s millennial love story “Baka Bukas,” Jose Abdel Langit’s ethnographic mystery “Malinak Ya Labi” and Jules Katanyag’s geriatric action film “Si Magdalola At Ang Mga Gago.”
This year’s festival will also screen a slew of acclaimed foreign films including some of this year’s world cinema highlights like Ashdar Fajardi’s “The Salesman,” Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only The End of the World,” Ciro Guerrera’s “Embrace of the Serpent,” Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinart’s “Swiss Army Man” and Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” critically-acclaimed documentaries such as Gianfranco Rossi’s “Fuocuoammare,” Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” and Pierre Film’s “Close Encounters with Vilmos Szigmond” as well as a slate of the best horror films of the year: Na Hong-Jin’s “The Wailing,” Veronica Franz & Severin Fiala’s “Goodnight Mommy,” Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Creepy.”
Among the restored classics to be showcased this year are Mario O’Hara’s “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos,” Danny Zialcita’s “Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi,” Lino Brocka’s “Cain At Abel,” and Ishmael Bernal’s “Pagdating sa Dulo.” There will also be special screenings of Lav Diaz’s Golden Lion-winning “Ang Babaeng Humayo” and Sherad Sanchez’s found footage horror “Salvage.”
Cinema One Originals runs from November 14 to 22, 2016. Screenings will be at Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Greenhills and Cinematheque.
Ano ang tingin mo?
CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS, MAY HAMON SA MGA MANONOOD NGAYONG 2016
Hahamunin ng Cinema One Originals ang imahinasyon at pananaw ng mga manonood sa mga maglalaban laban na mga pelikula para sa naturang film festival ngayong taon.
Gamit ang bago nitong tagline na “Anong Tingin Mo,” ang Cinema One Originals ay muling magtatampok ng iba’t ibang pelikula sa narrative category na sasamahan pa ng tatlong dokumentaryo matapos itong magbigay rin ng grants sa unang pagkakataon sa tatlong documentary film makers.
Kabilang sa tatlong featured documenataries sa film fest ang “Forbidden Memory” ni Ted Mangansakan na kakapanayam ng survivors sa isang mass murder na naganap noong Setyembre 1974; ang “Piding” nina Paolo Picones at Gym Lumbera na babalikan ang kasaysayan ng ornithologist na si Oliver Carlos; at “People Power Bombshell” ni John Torres na bubusisi naman sa isang nahanap na pelikula ni Celso Ad Castillo.
Samantala, tatlo naman sa nabigyan ng grants sa narrative category ay dati ng sumali sa nakaraang Cinema One Originals. Sila ay sina Keith Deligero na idinirehe ngayong taon ang kwento ni “Lily,” isang babaeng pinaghihinalaang kalahating halimaw; si Malay Javier na ipapamalas ang isang quirky love story sa “Every Room is A Planet,” at si Borgy Torres na mapanghamon naman sa basketball crime film niyang “Tisay.”
Apat na baguhang filmmakers din ang magpapakitang gilas kabilang sina Petersen Vargas sa kanyang dark high school comedy na “2 Cool 2Be 4gotten,” si Samantha Lee sa kanyang millennial love story na “Baka Bukas,” si Jose Abdel Langit sa kanyang ethnographic mystery na “Malinak Ya Labi,” at Jules Katanyag sa ganyang geriatric action film na “Si Magdalola at Ang Mga Gago.”
Tampok rin sa Cineme One Originals ngayong taon ang ilan sa acclaimed foreign films tulad ng “The Salesman,” “Slack Bay,” “It’s Only The End of the World,” “Embrace of the Serpent,” “Swiss Army Man,” “I, Daniel Blake,” “Fuocuoammare,” “De Palma” “Close Encounters with Vilmos Szigmond,” “The Wailing,” “Goodnight Mommy,” “The Witch” at “Creepy” at restored classic Filipino films na “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos” ni Mario O’Hara, “Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi” ni Danny Zialcita, “Cain At Abel” ni Lino Brocka, and “Pagdating sa Dulo” ni Ishmael Bernal.
Mayroon ding special screenings ang Golden Lion award winning film ni Lav Diaz na “Ang Babaeng Humayo” at found footage horror film ni Sherad Sanchez na “Salvage.”
Ang Cinema One Originals ay mapapanood mula November 14 hanggang 22, 2016. Gaganapin ang screenings sa Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Greenhills at Cinematheque.