'Baláy Dakû' and 'Hílo' at the UP Videotheque

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2010-04-23 16:30
2010-04-28 18:00

linao films

in cooperation with

the UP Film Institute Summer 2010 @ the Videotheque

proudly present

Baláy Dakû (Big House),


Hílo (Thread),

at the UP Videotheque, UP Diliman, Quezon City

from April 23, Friday till April 28, Wednesday (except for Sunday)

Screening Schedules:

April 23 Fri 4:30 p.m. Baláy Dakû (Big House)

April 24 Sat 2:30 p.m. Baláy Dakû (Big House)
6:30 p.m. Hílo (Thread)

April 26 Mon 4:30 p.m. Hílo (Thread)

April 27 Tue 4:30 p.m. Hílo (Thread)

April 28 Wed 4:30 p.m. Hílo (Thread)

Tickets at P80

Baláy Dakû (big house), 195 minutes, 2002

The first ever full length Ilonggo language feature film in the history of Philippine cinema, it is at the same time a personal exploration into the inner lives of the Gonzalezes, a family of sugar planters from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Hílo (thread), 90 minutes, 2007

Originally conceptualized as a short film shot in 2004 and completed nearly three years later as a full length, the film charts the various emotional courses during a dinner between Emerson, a university professor, and Jenny, a university student. The film also features the full length feature debuts of Jenny Logico and Emerson Sanchez.

What they're saying about Balay Dakû, the first full length Ilonggo feature film …

"Balay Dakû is a VERY brave work. Very brave. I watched it twice already. Cassavetes is alive. Works like this will define the new direction of Philippine Cinema."

- Lav Diaz, filmmaker, Batang Westside, Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino, Heremias

"Congratulations on your work. It shows a style that is not afraid to break away from the traditional, Hollywood, and mainstream."

- Jeffrey Jeturian, filmmaker, Pila Balde, Tuhog, Kubrador

"The simplicity, the naturalness, the unpretentiousness of it all...it was so refreshing. Many times, the strokes were masterful."

- Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, filmmaker, Angels, Pusang Gala

"Shows the authentic life of the landed Negrense...Very subtle, but very true...Its greatest strength lies in the unsaid words."

- Joel Torre, Actor, Oro,Plata,Mata, Bayaning Third World, Batang Westside

"It hit me on many levels, being Ilonggo and from Negros."

- Ronnie Lazaro, Actor, Oro,Plata,Mata, Boatman, Heremias

"Truthful, honest, subtle, uncompromising."

- Grig Montegrande, Filmmaker, Sakay

"Balay Dakû was a 195-minute-long film, and I'm more comfortable watching movies while lying down, yet I saw the film twice, both while sitting upright."

- Joseph Patricio, Moviegoer

"Every scene in Balay Dakû resonated with an amazing, in-your-face authenticity."

- Aouie Curameng, Moviegoer

"What an achievement for JP Carpio. Very close to home ... Very Negrosanon."

- Cristina "Namay" Cabilso, Moviegoer

"Congratulations for your accurate insights on the Negrense Culture and the family dynamics that go with it!"

- Nacing Javellana, Moviegoer

"Congratulations on your work. It is an authentic slice of life in Negros...As one who does not hail from there, but is keenly aware of the dynamics of life in Negros, I applaud the honesty, the realism and the cultural value of your film."

- Ricky Crisostomo, Moviegoer

An audience member on Hílo:

“You feel like this is exactly the kind of thing you are bound by conscience to avoid watching, something between two people more private than private, open flesh which shouldn’t be left naturally open.”

- http://jeremiah.tabulas.com/journal/?offset=1

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