2008 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Finalists
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Ten full-length entries to compete in 2008 Cinemalaya
The ten finalists for the 2008 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film
Festival (full-length feature category) have been chosen recently by
the Cultural Center of the Philippines. They are: 100 by Chris
Martinez, 1434456 by Emmanuel Dela Cruz, Ang Concerto by Paul
Alexander Morales, Antiparang Basag by Edith Asuncion, Baby Angelo by
Joel Ruiz and Abi Aquino, Brutus by Tara illenberger, My Fake American
Accent by Onnah Valera, Huling Pasada by Paul Sta. Ana, Jay by Francis
Xavier E. Pasion and Ranchero by Michael Christian Cardoz.
100 is about a stern, uptight and exacting woman with a terminal
illness who tries to accomplish a list of 100 things to do before she
dies. Her tasks vary from the simple to the complicated, from the
practical to the mundane, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. In
the process, she accepts the truth that even if death is something
personal, dying never is.
1434456 is the story of Ranjeet Singh, also fondly called "Jimmy
Paybsiks," a 49-year old Punjabi widower. He faces the challenge of
finding a more permanent sense of home and country for his children
who find themselves growing up more and more assimilated in the
Filipino way of life. Set in contemporary Manila, 1434456 examines the
colorful stories and inevitable struggles of a migrant sector rarely
given a second look or even a thoughtful pause in our society—that of
our Indian neighbors.
Ang Concerto is about how, in the last part of World War II, a special
piano concert is held in the forests of Davao. In these boondocks, a
displaced Filipino family becomes acquainted with a group of Japanese
officers, similarly camped nearby. Based on true stories from the
director's family, Ang Concerto celebrates a family whose reverence
for life, expressed through their love of music and friendship, can
survive even war, and shows how beauty and compassion can grow in even
the harshest of situations.
Antiparang Basag tells of one woman's encounter with four
octogenarians, escaped from a nursing home, and the few hours she
spends helping them pursue their quest to fulfill their simple wishes
in life. The funny and heartwarming situations carry her to see the
different hues of life and death and the value of every moment.
Baby Angelo centers on an investigation that ensues when an aborted
fetus is found in the dumpster of a run-down apartment complex. The
lives of the tenants—a reclusive old man with curious ramblings, a
landlord with overzealous thirst for justice and a young couple whose
past threatens to unravel their marriage—are suddenly exposed in the
hunt for the perpetrator of the baby's death.
Brutus tells the tale of two Mangyan children, hired by illegal
loggers to smuggle wood from the mountains of Mindoro, as they embark
on a dangerous journey to deliver the goods to the lowlands. In the
process, they discover a world run by the greed of men, a world
governed by ideologies that bring about the armed conflict that
plagues the Mindoro highlands, the home of their own people.
My Fake American Accent is a slice-of-life workplace comedy following
the lives of technical support call center agents in the span of six
months. Speaking with a fake American accent is a prerequisite for the
job. This ensemble comedy is an inside look into the maddening,
sleep-deprived, caffeine-fuelled lives of those who ply their trade in
the call center industry.
Huling Pasada follows the creative process of Ruby, a prolific writer,
abandoned wife and protective mother. She writes about Mario, a taxi
driver and father figure to a street child. As she tries to resolve
Mario's story, she seeks refuge in her own creative output and the
line between reality and fiction is blurred. Mario's past becomes
entangled with her own inevitable future.
Jay is the name of the two protagonists in the film, one is living,
the other dead. The living Jay is producing a documentary of the dead
Jay, a gay teacher who was brutally killed. As Jay recreates and
examines the life of his subject, his own life is affected when he
unravels his subject's hidden life and secret love.
Ranchero is the story of convicts who serve a special role inside the
jail-they prepare the meals everyday. But in a jail where some inmates
see no reason to continue living, what is the role of food? Is the
food's role to extend life or to prolong the pain of those who don't
want to live?
The full-length feature film category finalists were selected from a
total of 194 entries submitted for the 2008 Cinemalaya. As finalists,
they will receive an initial seed investment of P500,000 from
Econolink Investments Inc. The final winning entry will be given an
additional grant of P200,000 plus the Cinemalaya Balanghai trophy
during the awarding ceremony on July 20, 2008 at the Cultural Center
of the Philippines. All the films will be screened during the 2008
Cinemalaya Film Festival on July 11 to 20, 2008 at the CCP.
Now on its fourth year, Cinemalaya is presented by the Cinemalaya
Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines, University of the
Philippines Film Institute and Econolink Investments Inc. Cinemalaya
is an all-digital film competition aimed at discovering new Filipino
For more information, please call the CCP Film Division at tel. no.
832-1125 local 1705.