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‘Triangle of Sadness’ to premiere at QCinema Film Festival 2022 in November
‘Triangle of Sadness’ to premiere at QCinema Film Festival 2022 in November

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This year's in-person edition 'In10City' will feature local and international films, including 'Elehiya' which is the late Cherie Gil's last on-screen performance

MANILA, Philippines – Film festivals are back, and so is Quezon City’s QCinema Film Festival 2022 called In10City, which is set to run from November 17 to 26 with a line-up of local and international films. This is the festival’s first in-person edition in two years.

The film festival is kicking off with the critically-acclaimed black satire film Triangle of Sadness at Gateway Cineplex, Araneta Center, starring Filipina actress Dolly de Leon, who is currently in the running for a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 75th Academy Awards for her performance.

The film follows the story of a doomed “cruise for the super-rich,” with Dolly playing Abigail, the ship’s toilet manager. Triangle of Sadness won Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund the Palme d’Or of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Aside from Triangle of Sadness, six other films are slated to compete for the Pylon Award in the festival’s main competition, Asian Next Wave, including Loy Arcena’s Elehiya, the last screen performance of the late actress Cherie Gil. The competition will feature works of up-and-coming filmmakers from Southeast and East Asia, such as Japanese dystopian film Plan 75, which received a Golden Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival and is Japan’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the 75th Academy Awards. 

The other competing films are:

  • Ajooma by Shuming He (Singapore)
  • Return to Seoul by Davy Chou (South Korea) 
  • Arnold is a Model Student by Sorayos Prapapan (Thailand)
  • Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak (Indonesia) 
  • 12 Weeks by Anna Isabelle Matutina (Philippines) 

Aside from the Asian Next Wave competition, QCinema will also screen films under the Midnight Series – for lovers of genre and fantasy films that love a good “spine-tingling” feature – and the Screen International Section, featuring works by internationally-acclaimed directors. The titles are as follows: 

Midnight Series

  • Nocebo by Lorcan Finnegan
  • Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon by Ana Lily Amirpour
  • Huesera by Michelle Garza Cervera

Screen International Section

  • Walk Up by Hang Sang-soo
  • Holy Spider by Ali Abbasi 
  • Corsage by Marie Kreutzer 
  • Crimes of the Future by David Cronenberg
  • EO by Jerzy Skolimowski 
  • I Have Electric Dreams by Valentina Maurel
  • Close by Lukas Dhont

Nocebo, one of the films under the Midnight Series section, is notable for being the first Filipino-Irish co-production from Irish director Lorcan Finnegan. Screened at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, it is a psychological thriller starring homegrown actress Chai Fonacier, who stars with Hollywood actors Eva Green and Mark Strong. 

To the North is slated to be the festival’s closing film on November 26. Starring Soliman Cruz and Bart Guingona, the story follows a religious Filipino seaman who discovers a Romanian stowaway in a transatlantic cargo ship. The film is Romanian director Mihai Mincan’s entry to the Orizzonti section of the 79th Venice Film Festival in Italy and was awarded the Premio Bianto D’Oro for best film.

The QCinema Film Festival, based in Quezon City, is an annual film festival for local and international films. Participating malls include Gateway and Ali Mall Cineplex, Power Plant Cinema, Cinema ’76 Film Society, Ayala Malls TriNoma, and SM North EDSA.

For more information on tickets and movie schedules, you can check out QCinema’s Facebook page. – with reports from Andrea Ebdane/ 

Andrea Ebdane is a Rappler intern.

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