MANILA, Philippines - A new breed of Filipino filmmakers will be showcased in the 9th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival from July 26 to August 4.
Cinemalaya is a festival and competition that brings forward fresh perspectives and "works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity."
It was established in the hopes of developing and supporting Filipino independent filmmakers whose work promote the Filipino identity.
The best works selected from hundreds of entries will be screened at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Trinoma and Greenbelt Cinemas.
Films in the New Breed Full Length Category are given financial grants.
Jason Paul Laxamana's film tells the story of an Internet scammer who falls in love with his victim while he tries to trick her with a fake Facebook page.
A devotee injured in the forest at the foot of Mayon Volcano, falls in love with a mysterious woman who nurses him back to health. A curse, however, keeps the two apart, leaving Mando to look to his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift the curse.
Leo Abaya's film starring Eugine Domingo, tells the humorous story of Bechayda, a wardrobe assistant for TV ads, who fakes a pregnancy to escape a personal problem.
Inspired by true events, Joseph Laban's documentary-style film tells the story of a young girl who becomes pregnant at the age of 9 after being sexually abused by her father.
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Carlo Obispo's "dramedy" (drama-comedy) tells the story of two siblings left to fend for themselves after their mother goes abroad and their father leaves them for another woman.
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Eduardo Roy Jr's "story of suffering, acceptance, and hope," revolves around a transsexual looking for his rightful place in a messy and complicated world.
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In "Rekorder," a 1980s film cameraman is presently occupied with illegally recording films in movie theaters. "One night he records something else, and the footage goes viral.
Gretchen Barretto plays a famous news reporter who suffers a meltdown after a hostage crisis goes terribly wrong. To redeem herself, she and her crew create a documentary of the abandoned Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, only to find "monstrous evil" that will change them for life.
Jasmine Curtis-Smith stars in "Transit," a story about a single father who is forced to hide his children from immigration police in Israel after the Israeli government decides to deport children of immigrant workers.
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"David F." by Manny Palo
Historical film "David F." pieces together 3 stories about African Americans in the Philippines, beginning with the Philippine-American war in the early 1900s, to the Japanese occupation, until the present era.
Cen Evangelista's erotic drama set in the Spanish period portrays the relationship between indios (natives) and Spanish colonizers.
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"Ekstra" by Jeffrey Jeturian
Described as a "socio-realist drama-comedy film," Jeffrey Jeturian's "Ekstra" stars Vilma Santos as a soap opera actress. Social inequality is seen as the telenovela's production goes on.
"Porno" by Adolfo B. Alix Jr.
Adolfo B. Alix Jr. presents "3 souls, one explicit illusion," in the search of "ultimate joy and a safe haven."
Romance drama "Sana Dati" tells of the heartbreak of a love lost. A woman is reminded of her past love hours before her wedding with a man she does not love.
"The Liars" by Gil M. Portes
Inspired by a true story, Gil M Portes' film delves into how the truth, revealed by a journalist, changed the fate of a baseball team of poor boys. - Rappler.com