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15 Films you cannot miss at the Cinema One Originals 2016

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We present a list of 15 films you cannot miss at the Cinema One Originals that is taking place from November 14th – 22nd, 2016 in Manila, Philippines

baka-bukas

Baka Bukas by Samantha Lee – Philippines | 2016
Section: In Competition

Alex, is a twenty-something year old creative based in Manila. She is out to most people except her best friend- Jess who she has been secretly in love with since they were kids. When Jess discovers the truth about Alex, they are forced to confront the feelings they have for each other.

Schedule
11.16.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 7:00 pm
11.17.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 9:15 pm
11.18.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm
11.19.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 7:20 pm (with Q&A)
11.20.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 2:30 pm
11.21.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm
11.22.2016 – Cinematheque Manila – 6:00 pm

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creepy

Creepy by Hiroshi Fukasawa – Japan | 2016 – 130 min.
Section: World Cinema

Detective Takakura quits the police force after a traumatic incident at work. To start fresh, he relocates to a quiet suburb with wife Yasuko and starts teaching at a university. Life at work is pleasant, unlike his former high-pressure job. With time in his hands, Takakura starts helping a former colleague on an unsolved missing person case.

Life at home is uneasy as Yasuko struggles to adjust to their unfriendly neighbourhood. When she finally befriends their socially awkward neighbour, Nishino, the tension and strangeness creep closer into the couples’ lives.

Fresh off Cannes Film Festival with the award-winning drama Journey to the Shore, director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is back in his element with Creepy. He directs a stellar cast who capture the mystery with quiet ferocity and gripping intensity.

Schedule
11.14.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 9:30 pm
11.18.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 9:10 pm
11.19.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 2:30 pm
11.20.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 9:00 pm

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dayang-asu

Dayang Asu by Bor Ocampo – Philippines | 2015 – 96 min.
Section: Best of Cinema One Originals 2015

Amidst legalized corruption, a son struggles to prove to his father that he is fit to survive in a dog-eat-dog society.

Schedule
11.15.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 6:10 pm
11.17.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm
11.18.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm
11.19.2016 – Cinematheque Manila

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elle

Elle by Paul Verhoeven – France | 2016 – 130 min.
Section: World Cinema

When Michelle, the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving her 75-year-old sex kitten mother, her imprisoned mass murderer father, her spoiled and immature son, her ex-husband and her lover, all with the same icy equanimity. This is the approach she brings to the situation when it appears that her assailant is not finished with her. As the mysterious stalker hovers in the shadows of her life, taunting her, Michelle cooly stalks him back. What emerges between Michelle and her stalker is a kind of game, a game that soon spirals out of control.

Schedule
11.14.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 9:30 pm
11.15.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 4:50 pm
11.18.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 9:10 pm
11.21.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 7:00 pm

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embrace-of-the-serpent

Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerrera – Colombia | 2015 – 125 min.
Section: World Cinema

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Schedule
11.14.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 2:30 pm
11.17.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 3:00 pm
11.20.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 5:00 pm

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every-room-is-a-planet

Every Room is a Planet by Malay Javier – Philippines | 2016
Section: In Competition

A quirky love affair between a mentally unstable girl who thinks her husband is abducted by aliens and her husband’s brother whose romance for her remains a sci-fi impossibility.

Schedule
11.18.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 9:30 pm
11.19.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 5:10 pm
11.20.2016 – Cinematheque Manila – 6:00 pm
11.21.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 5:00 pm
11.21.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 10:00 pm
11.22.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 2:40 pm

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forbidden-memory

Forbidden Memory by Teng Mangansakan – Philippines | 2016
Section: In Competition (Documentary)

Forbidden Memory summons remembrances and memories of the fateful days in September 1974 when about 1,500 men from Malisbong and neighboring villages in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat were killed while 3,000 women and children were forcibly taken to naval boats stationed nearby where they encountered unspeakable horror. For 40 years, the survivors lived in relative silence. Now they tell their stories.

Shedule
11.18.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 8:00 pm
11.20.2016 – Cinematheque Manila – 11:00 am
11.21.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 9:00 pm
11.22.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 5:00 pm

Fire at the sea

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) by Gianfranco Rosi – France, Italy | 2016 – 108 min.
Section: World Cinema

Gianfranco Rosi’s doco captures traditional life on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa alongside the compassionate, high-tech response to the boatloads of refugees finding landfall there. Best Film, Berlin Film Festival 2016.

Schedule
11.14.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 5:00 pm
11.17.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 4:30 pm
11.19.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 9:30 pm
11.20.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 8:30 pm

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Hamog

Hamog (Haze) by Ralston Jover – Philippines | 2015 – 92 min.
Section: Best of Cinema One Originals 2015

In the Philippines, street kids are called batang hamog, literally, children of the dew. Deprived of a happy childhood in a loving family, they resort to petty theft on highways just to scrape by. The film focuses on four of such kids. One is kidnapped after a foiled theft, and another gets run over by a car. The remaining two will stop at nothing to survive.

Schedule
11.14.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm
11.16.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm
11.18.2016 – Cinematheque Manila – 6:00 pm

Trailer

i-daniel-blake

I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach – UK | 2016 – 100 min.
Section: World Cinema

A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, and is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

Schedule
11.18.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 9:00 pm
11.19.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 9:55 pm
11.22.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 4:55 pm

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malinak-ya-labi

Malinak Ya Labi (Silent Night) by Jose Abdel Langit – Philippines | 2016
Section: In Competition

It is a custom in some towns in Pangasinan to offer a life of an animal when constructing buildings, but one day during the town’s fiesta they discover the body of a young boy that leads to a chain of story and a chain of deaths.

Schedule
11.17.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm (with Q&A)
11.17.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 6:45 pm
11.18.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 5:30 pm
11.20.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 3:00 pm
11.20.2016 – Cinematheque Manila – 8:00 pm
11.21.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 3:00 pm

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manang

Manang Biring by Carl Joseph Papa – Philippines | 2015 – 88 min.
Section: Best of Cinema One Originals 2015

“MANANG BIRING” is a dark comedy-drama about a feisty, terminally ill old lady who has long accepted her imminent death due to stage-4 breast cancer, but then receives an unexpected letter from an estranged loved one announcing his return for Christmas.

Schedule
11.14.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 3:00 pm
11.15.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm
11.17.2016 – Cinematheque Manila – 6:00 pm

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Miss Bulalacao

Miss Bulalacao by Ara Chawdhury – Philippines | 2015 – 92 min.
Section: Best of Cinema One Originals 2015

Miss Bulalacao is about a young drag queen, Dodong, who joins a barangay gay pageant to gain acceptance in his father’s community. He is instead met with hostility from his father, who chases him to a jungle, where he sobs to a lone bright star. What follows is the strangest night in his entire life, and an even stranger 9 months when he realizes he is pregnant. With only his stepmother, Lisa, as support, Dodong deals with ridicule from a barangay who does not believe him – until the rumors becomes a headline in a tabloid, “BAKLA, INA NG DIOS!”. (SIWFF Catalogue)

Schedule
11.16.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm
11.16.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm
11.18.2016 – Cinematheque Manila – 4:00 pm

Trailer

The Wailing

The Wailing (Goksung) by Na Hong-jin – South Korea, US | 2016 – 156 min.
Section: World Cinema

Mysterious events following the appearance of a stranger throws a village into utter chaos. The police provisionally conclude that it is down to a mass poisoning caused by wild mushrooms, but paranoia and rumor point the finger at the stranger—and it’s escalating. Policeman Jonggu becomes convinced by the stories when, first, a woman claims to have witnessed something, and then his daughter Hyojin gets sick with similar symptoms to the other villagers. In his desperation he has an exorcism performed on the stranger by shaman Ilgwang.

The Wailing is not the kind of horror film that shocks and scares without reason; it sticks to the rules of the genre but uses them in a less than conventional way. Director Na Hong-jin utilizes this spooky scenario as a canvas on which he paints people’s fates, which is clearly unavoidable no matter what path they choose. Neither Jonggu nor the young priest is to blame for the awful consequences; they just fall into tragedy as Jonggu tries to save his daughter and the priest’s compassion become the root of his suspicion.

Schedule
11.15.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 3:00 pm
11.17.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 9:30 pm
11.19.2016 – Greenhills (Cinema 1) – 4:40 pm

Trailer

tisay

Tisay by Alfonso Torre – Philippines | 2016
Section: In Competition

In the world of semi-pro basketball, a beautiful bookie recruits a promising player to the underworld of game-fixing.

Schedule
11.14.2016 – Trinoma (Cinema 1) – 9:55 pm
11.15.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 2:30 pm
11.17.2016 – Glorietta (Cinema 1) – 5:00 pm (with Q&A)
11.18.2016 – Cinematheque Manila – 8:00 pm
11.19.2016 – Cinematheque Manila – 3:00 pm
11.22.2016 – Gateway (Cinema 1) – 12:30 pm

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Venues
Glorietta – East Drive Ayala Center, Makati
Greenhills – Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan City, 1502 Metro Manila
Gateway – Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City, 1109 Aurora Blvd, Project 3, Quezon City, Metro Manila
TriNoma – Triangle Park, North Triangle, Ayala Vertis North, Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Cinematheque Manila – 855 Kalaw Ave, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila

To know more about this festival you can visit the FESTIVAL PROFILE or the official Facebook page HERE.

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