WATCH: Love story ‘Me Before You’ charms with first trailer

Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ “Me Before You” stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” series), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut.

Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go…

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Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge.

Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives—and hearts—changing in ways neither one could have imagined.

The film also stars Charles Dance (TV’s “Game of Thrones”), Jenna Coleman (“Dr. Who”), Matthew Lewis (the “Harry Potter” films), Vanessa Kirby (“About Time”), Stephen Peacocke (“Hercules”), Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”) and Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs,” “Tumbleweeds”).

Sharrock directs from a screenplay by Jojo Moyes and Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (“The Fault in Our Stars”), based on the book by Moyes.

“Me Before You” is a presentation of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). Set for release across the Philippines on June 15, 2016, it will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Casey Affleck plays accidental hero in ‘The Finest Hour’

Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck (“Interstellar,” “Oceans 13”) stars in Disney’s daring sea rescue tale “The Finest Hours” as Raymond Sybert, the mid-level crew member aboard the ill-fated Pendleton who suddenly becomes the man to whom everyone looks for guidance.

A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history in the U.S. Presented in Digital 3D, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. The film also stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.

“The story really spoke to me about heroism and leadership,” Affleck says. “These men were in a terrifying situation, yet they figured out a way to work together, ultimately bringing out the best in one another to accomplish the unthinkable.”

He continues, “This was a really compelling situation for Ray right off the bat because he’s an engineer who doesn’t ordinarily interact with the rest of the crew. He never goes on deck and he certainly doesn’t have to make decisions that affect the lives of anyone else, but he’s a thoughtful guy who knows his way around a ship. He brings knowledge and experience to this emotionally-heightened situation, which comes in handy when the men begin to panic and fight with one another.”

According to director Craig Gillespie, “The interesting dynamic on the Pendleton is that when it sunk, all the officers aboard died. They were all on the bow of the ship so there was really no clear command of who should actually be in charge, so Sybert becomes a reluctant hero, the antihero. He does not like authority, and the dichotomy here is that when the situation happens he has to step up and rally the crew, becoming, in essence, the person that he detests.”

Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) and Tchuda Southerland (Josh Stewart) struggle to keep their ship, the SS Pendleton, from sinking in Disney's THE FINEST HOURS.
Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) and Tchuda Southerland (Josh Stewart) struggle to keep their ship, the SS Pendleton, from sinking in Disney’s THE FINEST HOURS.

He continues, “Ray has always avoided that by working down below in the bowels of the boat and not having to take on the onus of the authority and the weight of having to carry that responsibility. That’s the struggle that we found so interesting, and Casey really did a beautiful job working through that, becoming a leader for the men and having to do that to save all of their lives.”

The stern of the Pendleton where the engine and the control stations were located is able to temporarily remain afloat due to the air in the ship’s ballast tanks, but the engine room still begins to flood. And while the ship was equipped with lifeboats, it was too dangerous to try launching them in the turbulent water, as the colossal waves would crush the wooden boats. Sybert assembles his men and together they create a manual tiller by attaching chains to the existing rudder and guide the ship to a nearby shoal where they run aground and plan to wait out the storm. Eventually a fisherman spots the Pendleton off the coast of Chatham, reporting it to the local Coast Guard station.

Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) struggles to keep his ship, the SS Pendleton, from sinking in Disney's THE FINEST HOURS, the heroic action-thirller presented in Digital 3D (TM) and IMAX(c) 3D based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard.
Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) struggles to keep his ship, the SS Pendleton, from sinking in Disney’s THE FINEST HOURS, the heroic action-thirller presented in Digital 3D (TM) and IMAX(c) 3D based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard.

“Ray is forced to rise up out of the engine room and go topside on the ship, but to also rise to a position of authority,” says producer Jim Whitaker, “and what Casey is able to show us is that once he’s chosen to take the mantel and assume leadership of the men, he really is strong, and the colors of that are really interesting for him.”

Concludes Casey Affleck, “It’s a real story about real people and what they are capable of doing, and how saving their own lives and the lives of others helps them to understand and appreciate their own strengths.”

Opening across the Philippines on March 2, 2016, “The Finest Hours” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

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GUIDE: Cinematheque Centre Manila in February 2016

This February is the month of Philippine National Arts. To celebrate, the Cinematheque Centre Manila has programmed a slew of exciting independent Filipino films.

Cinematheque Centre Manila is located at 55 Kalaw Ave., Ermita, Manila.

Films will be screened under the initiative of The National Film Archive of the Philippines, in partnership with various institutions and film labs that have restored a selection of Filipino classic films.

Cinematheque Centre Manila February 2016 Sched

Here are the films to be screened at Cinematheque Centre Manila. Ticket price is P100 unless indicated otherwise. Cinematheque Centre Membership card holders are entitled to a 50% discount.

48 Oras

Gerardo de Leon’s 48 Oras is a noir thriller revolving around a man wrongly accused of the murder of his wife and mother. The title of the film refers to the protagonist’s race against time to catch the real perpetrators.

Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag

Lino Brocka’s Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag is another restoration by FDCP. The cult classic follows a provincial boy in search of his provincial sweetheart. Brocka explores the themes of poverty and crime in the seedy underbelly of Manila.

A Portrait of an Artist as Filipino

Lamberto Avellana’s A Portrait of an Artist as Filipino is a film based on the highly acclaimed play written by Nick Joaquin. Set in the months before World War II, the film highlights the relationship between a reclusive painter and his grown children as they feel the onset of war.


Another set of films come from the Sineng Pambansa Film Festival All Masters Edition 2013.

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Ano Ang Kulay ng MGA Nakalimutang Pangarap?

Ano Ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?, by Jose Javier Reyes, follows a loyal household helper whose employment hangs in the balance after the death of the family matriarch.

Bamboo Flowers

Bamboo Flowers by Maryo J. de los Reyes weaves a fictional tale about the citizens of Bohol and their reactions when their cultural beliefs are threatened.

Lihis

Lihis, directed by Joel Lamangan, is set during the martial law era where two male NPA soldiers find themselves entangled in the battle for democracy and their own romantic relationship.

Otso

Elwood Perez’s Otso is about a filmmaker returning to his roots in the Philippines and deciding to make an independent film about his neighbors. He soon discovers the perils of mixing artistic license with life experiences.


The other Filipino films are from the Sineng Pambansa National Unang Yugto, Ikalawang Yugto, and Horror Plus Film Festival.

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Illustrated By (PHP 80)

Levi Pepper Marcelo’s Illustrated By is a full length documentary tracing the involvement of Filipino artists into the US mainstream comic industry. The movie honors local talents who had a hand in some of the most famous comic book characters in the world.

Qiyamah

Qiyamah by director Teng Mangansakan tells the story of a small village threatened by the superstition of a coming apocalypse.

Anac Ti Pating

Martin Masadao’s Anac Ti Pating is a coming of age tale about a young boy making friends, finding first love and coming to terms with his family heritage.

Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok (Php 80)

Lauren Sevilla Faustino’s documentary Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok paints a portrait of the Last Traditional Tattoo Artist of Kalinga and her journey as a cultural bearer of the Philippines.

Qwerty

Ed Lejano’s Qwerty is a fictionalized account of a cop who was implicated for a torture video that went viral. The life changing event hits just as he is about to leave the country for better job prospects abroad.

Bacao

Boy Vinarao’s thriller Bacao is about a young woman’s desperate desire to conceive and the superstitious occurrences surrounding the time of harvest season.


Rounding out the group is a trio of films by master filmmakers.

Badil

Chito Rono’s Badil is about the corruption in small town elections.

Lauriana

Mel Chionglo’s Lauriana, a 50s period thriller centered around obsession, abuse and the twisted relationship between a soldier and his wife.

Sonata

Lastly, Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ Sonata, a charming tale of an unlikely relationship between an aging opera singer and a curious young boy.


Free Admission: Argentine Films

Given the success of the first Argentine Film Festival in 2015, a select number of international films will again be shared with Filipino audiences, in partnership with the Embassy of Argentina. Each film gives viewers a slice of colorful Argentinian culture.

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Dia de Venilo

Gabriel Nesci’s Dia de Venilo is a coming of age film about a group of 30 year old men united by their love of women and vinyl records.

Los Marziano

Ana Katz’s Los Marziano takes a close look at strained relations between siblings as a family reunion draws near.

Manuel Abramovich

The short documentary by Manuel Abramovich entitled La Reina carefully captures the journey of an 11-year-old girl as the adults in her family prepare her to win a local beauty pageant.

La Corporacion

Fabian Forte’s La Corporacion is a dark satire about corporate culture.

The Gold Bug

The Gold Bug, a collaborative effort between Argentinian filmmaker Alex Moguillansky and Swedish auteur Fia-Stina Sandlund, revolves around a crazy road trip and treasure hunt based loosely on Edgar Allan Poe’s story of the same name.


For more information and updates, visit the website of the Film Development Council of the Philippines at www.fdcp.ph or follow the Cinematheque Centre Manila on Facebook.