Fearless Cinema One Originals Festival coming this November

Walang Takot. The tagline of the 13th Cinema One Originals translates into ‘fearless’ in English and is more than an apt descriptor for the festival’s programming ethos and its reputation, the way it has, year in and year out, shepherded unique, adventurous cinematic voices into the limelight.

But Walang Takot also exemplifies not only the way the festival is embracing the changing face and attitudes of cinema, from the paradigm shifts when it comes to new ways of watching films to the influx of a diverse new audience, with a deeper sense of cinematic history and new cinematic modes, but also the way it endeavors to ride the changes by closing the gaps, striving for a cinematic experience that allows for the co-existence of old and new platforms and the convergence of old and new audiences, where past and future cinema occupy the same evolutionary continuum, looking back by moving forward.

The two films that make up this year’s documentary section are both examinations of a past with uncanny present-day resonances but from diverse vantage points. Dempster Samarista’s “Bundok Banahaw, Sacred and Profane” is an exploration of the titular mystical mountain, using secret histories and sacred knowledge as a way of piecing together our cultural psyche. Phyllis Grande’s “Haunted: A Visit to the Red House” focuses on the atrocities visited by Japanese soldiers on comfort women during World War 2, a horrendous collective memory that remains eerily relevant and refuses to be forgotten.

There are seven films in the full-length narrative section, including two returning alumni, two debuts and two much-awaited second features. In “Paki,” Dagitab director Giancarlo Abrahan casts veteran character actress Dexter Doria in her very first lead role as woman in her golden years whose children tries to stop her from leaving her husband of sixty years to live the rest of her days out as an old maid. Shamaine Buencamino and Noel Trinidad co-star.

“Nervous Translation,” about a shy girl who discovers a pen that can translate the thoughts and feelings of people when they get nervous, is written and directed by Cinema One alumna Shireen Seno, whose “Big Boy” was part of Cinema One Originals 2013, itself a slightly odd, often magical childhood reverie. Jana Agoncillo and Sid Lucero star.

Richard Somes, of “Yanggaw,” “Ishmael” and “Mariposa” fame, returns to Cinema One for his fourth outing in the festival, with “Historiographika Errata,” an elaborate historical mosaic that attempts to figure out why we are what we are, throwing in the mix a suicidal Rizal, a cross-dressing Bonifacio and the widow who became the first Makapili. The sprawling, ambitious film features Joem Bascon, Alex Medina, Maxine Eigenmann and Nathalie Hart.

For his first outing with Cinema One, “Walang Forever” director Dan Villegas adapts Vincent De Jesus’ much-loved stage musical “Changing Partners,”  a bittersweet exploration of relationships told in perspectives of various genders, starring Agot Isidro, Anna Luna, Jojit Lorenzo and Sandino Martin.

Kip Oebanda, fresh off the success of “Bar Boys,” is directing the aswang inversion “Nay,” about a man suffering from a terminal disease who uncovers a dark family secret. Enchong Dee, Sylvia Sanchez and Jameson Blake star.

The two first features this year are Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red’s “Si Chedeng At Si Apple,” a dark comedy where Elizabeth Oropesa and Gloria Diaz play two old girl friends who become accidental criminals and embark on a road trip with a severed head in a fake Louis Vuitton bag, and Joseph Teoxon’s time-jumping “Throwback Today,” in which Carlo Aquino plays a disgruntled young man at the end of his rope who stumbles on an impossible way to rewrite his own history. Annicka Dolonius, Empress Shuck and Allan Paule co-star.

The year’s world cinema highlights also grace this year’s foreign film line-up, a 13 –strong program that includes Robin Campillo’s “Beats Per Minute,” Claire Denis’ “Let The Sun Shine In,” Francois Ozon’s “L’Amant Double,” Ildiko Enyedi’s “On Body And Soul,” Joachim Trier’s “Thelma,” Hirokazu Koreeda’s “The Third Murder,” Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Before We Vanish,” Sebastian Leilo’s “A Fantastic Woman,” Amit Masurkar’s “Newton,” Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama, The Safdie Brothers’ Good Time,” Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” and the 4K restoration of Steven Spielberg’s science-fiction classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Among the restored classics to be showcased this year include Marilou Diaz Abaya’s “Moral,” Jeffrey Sonora’s “Asedillo,” Celso Ad Castillo’s “Tag Ulan Tag Araw” and Danny Zialcita’s “Langis At Tubig.” Restored versions Zialcita’s “Karma,” Abaya’s “Karnal” and Lino Brocka’s “Cain at Abel” will also be screened.

Lastly, Sari Dalena’s documentary on Ishmael Bernal, “Ishma,” will screen to coincide with the launch of the new Ishmael Bernal book, “ProBernal Anti Bio,” written by Ishmael Bernal himself with Jorge Ayago and Angela Stuart-Santiago.

The 13th Cinema One Originals runs from November 13-21 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, UP Cine Adarna, Cinema 76 and Cinematheque with an extended run from November 22-28 at the Power Plant Mall.

 

WALANG TAKOT NA CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS FESTIVAL, NGAYONG NOBYEMBRE NA

Walang Takot. Ang tagline ng 13th Cinema One Originals ay naaayong paglalarawan sa makabagong paniniwala at reputasyon ng nasabing film festival dahil sa pagtatanghal nito, taun-taon, ng mga naiibang kwento sa mga sinehan.

Bukod dito, walang takot ding tumutulong ang Cinema One Originals upang punan ang puwang sa kasaysayan ng pinilakang tabing, sa pagdadala ng mga luma at makabagong platform, at pagsasama-sama ng mga datihan na at mga bagong manonood, sa pagpapatuloy na ebolusyon sa paggawa ng pelikula.

Dalawang documentaryo ang handog ng Cinema One Originals ngayong taon. Ang “Bundok Banahaw, Sacred and Profane” ni Dempster Samarista ay isang pagsasaliksik sa kasaysayan at mga lihim na kwento ng nasabing bundok. Ang “Haunted: A Visit to the Red House” naman ni Phyllis Grande ay magdadala sa mga manonood sa kabangisan ng mga sundalong Hapon sa mga comfort women noong World War 2, isang alaala na hanggang ngayon ay mahalaga at tumatangging makalimutan.

Mayroong pitong pelikula naman ang bahagi ng full-length narrative category, kasama na ang dalawang nagbabalik na alumni, dalawang debut entries, at dalawang bumabalik sa pangalawang pagkakataon. Sa “Paki” ng “Dagitab” director Giancarlo Abrahan, tampok ang beteranang actress na si Dexter Doria sa kanyang unang lead role bilang isang babae na nagnanais iwanan ang kanyang asawa sa loob ng 60 taon upang mamuhay bilang matandang dalaga. Kasama niya rin dito si Shamaine Buencamino at Noel Trinidad.

Tungkol naman ang “Nervous Translation” sa isang mahiyaing bata na nakadiskubre ng panulat na naglalahad ng mga naiisip at nararamdaman ng mga tao kapag sila ay ninenerbyos. Ito ay pinagbibidahan nina Jana Agoncillo at Sid Lucero, mula sa Cinema One alumna na si Shireen Seno na siya ring gumawa ng pelikulang “Big Boy” para sa Cinema One Originals 2013.

Nagbabalik din si Richard Somes, kilala sa “Yanggaw,” “Ishmael” at “Mariposa,” para sa kanyang ika-apat ng pagsali sa festival sa “Historiographika Errata,” isang historical mosaic kasama ang isang Rizal na suicidal, isang Bonifacio na nais magcross-dress at isang balo na naging unang Makapili. Kasama dito sina Joem Bascon, Alex Medina, Maxine Eigenmann at Nathalie Hart.

Para sa kanyang unang pagsali sa Cinema One Originals, ang “Walang Forever” director na si Dan Villegas ay dadalhin sa pinilakang tabing ang stage musical ni Vincent De Jesus na may parehong titulo, “Changing Partners.” Ito ay isang kakaibang kwento ng mga relasyon dala ang iba’t ibang perspektibo ng iba’t ibang kasarian, kasama sina Agot Isidro, Anna Luna, Jojit Lorenzo at Sandino Martin.

Mula sa tagumpay ng “Bar Boys,” isa namang magandang kwento ng aswang invasion ang dala ni Kip Oebanda sa “Nay,” tungkol sa isang lalaki na may matinding sakit at nakadiskubre ng malalim na sikreto ng pamilya. Kasama dito sina Enchong Dee, Sylvia Sanchez at Jameson Blake.

Kabilang din sa mga tampok na pelikula ngayong taon ang “Si Chedeng At Si Apple” ni Fatrick Tabada at Rae Red, isang dark comedy na pinagbibidahan nina Elizabeth Oropesa at Gloria Diaz bilang magkaibigan na aksidenteng makakagawa ng krimen at sasailalim sa isang road trip dala-dala ang isang pugot na ulo na nakalagay sa pekeng Louis Vuitton bag. Ang “Throwback Today” naman ni Joseph Teoxon ay pinagbibidahan ni Carlo Aquino na magkakaroon ng pagkakataong baguhin ang kanyang nakaraan. Kasama niya rito sina Annicka Dolonius, Empress Shuck at Allan Paule.

Bukod sa mga nabanggit, mayroon pang 13 palabas ang bahagi naman ng foreign films lineup. Kabilang dito ang “Beats Per Minute” ni Robin Campillo, “Let The Sun Shine In” ni Claire Denis, “L’Amant Double” ni Francois Ozon, “On Body And Soul” ni Ildiko Enyedi, “Thelma” ni Joachim Trier, “The Third Murder” ni Hirokazu Koreeda, “Before We Vanish” ni Kiyoshi Kurosawa, “A Fantastic Woman” ni Sebastian Leilo, “Newton” ni Amit Masurkar, “Zama, The Safdie Brothers’ Good Time” ni Lucrecia Martel, “Sweet Country” ni Warwick Thornton, “Call Me By Your Name” ni Luca Guadagnino, at ang “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” ni Steven Spielberg.

Kasama naman sa mga restored classics na ibibida ngayong taon ang “Moral” ni Marilou Diaz Abaya, “Asedillo” ni Jeffrey Sonora, “Tag Ulan Tag Araw” ni Celso Ad Castillo, at “Langis At Tubig” ni Danny Zialcita. Ipapalabas din ang mga restored version ng “Karma” ni Zialcita, “Karnal” ni Abaya, at “Cain at Abel” ni Lino Brocka.

Tampok rin sa festival ang “Ishma” ni Sari Dalena, isang documentary tungkol kay Ishmael Bernal, kasabay ng paglunsad ng librong “ProBernal Anti Bio,” na isinulat ni Ishmael Bernal kasama sina Jorge Ayago at Angela Stuart-Santiago.

Magaganap na ang 13th Cinema One Originals mula Nob. 13 hanggang 21 sa Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, UP Cine Adarna, Cinema 76 at sa Cinematheque, at magkakaraoon naman ng extended run mula Nob. 22-28 sa Power Plant Mall.

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