After 3 major Oscar wins, ‘The Revenant’ returns to PH cinemas

“The Revenant,” which bagged this year’s plum awards at the Oscars – Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Alejandro Iñarritu) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) will return in select Philippine cinemas starting March 2.

DiCaprio’s Best Actor award for his winning performance which the domestic and global audience have been rooting for in his work in “The Revenant” has finally been realized at the recently concluded Academy Awards. While Iñarritu has for two years in a row have also won Best Director last year for his work in “Birdman” and Lubezki for the third time since his win in 2014 for “Gravity” and last year’s “Birdman.”

“The Revenant,” meaning someone who came back presumably from the dead tells of the highly-inspiring true story of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a fur trapper on his impossible survival during the 1800s. Inspired by true events, “The Revenant” is an epic story of survival and transformation on the American frontier. While on an expedition into the uncharted wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally mauled by a bear, then abandoned by members of his own hunting team. Alone and near death, Glass refuses to succumb. Driven by sheer will and his love for his Native American wife and son, he undertakes a 200-mile odyssey through the vast and untamed West on the trail of the man who betrayed him: John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). What begins as a relentless quest for revenge becomes a heroic saga against all odds towards home and redemption.

The film’s wilderness-based production mirrored the harsh conditions Glass and company actually lived through in the 1800s. Iñárritu and his whole cast and crew were up for all that was thrown at them, welcoming the challenges of shooting in Canada and Argentina, regions known for unpredictable weather and untouched wilds, in order to fully understand the experience of fur trappers in the early 19th century.

Check out the following cinemas where “The Revenant” will have its return engagement starting March 2, Wednesday – Powerplant, Robinson’s Galleria, Eastwood, Festival Mall, Gateway, Gaisano Davao and SM Megamall.

“The Revenant” is a 20th Century Fox presentation distributed by Warner Bros.

GUIDE: UPFI Film Center in March 2016

Here are the screening schedules at UPFI Film Center this March 2016 as it showcases the second part of this year’s Singkuwento International Film Festival, National Women’s Month, and Cinema and Moving Image Research Assembly.

Singkuwento International Film Festival

March 2 Wednesday
2:30 & 5 p.m. Sugarol
7:30 p.m. Kinabukasan (Short Feature)/Faraway (US Full-length Feature)

March 3 Thursday
2:30 p.m. Isang Hakbang
5 p.m. Child Haus
7:30 p.m. Laut

March 4 Friday
2:30 p.m. SIFFMP 2016 Best Short Films and Documentary Winners (Local Category)
5 p.m. Partee
7:30 p.m. Ligaw

March 7 Monday
2:30 p.m. SIFFMP 2016 Best Short Films and Documentary Winners (International Category)
5 p.m. SIFFMP 2015 Best Short Films Winners with Guest Film: My Revolutionary Mother/Pusong Bato/Ang mga Bulong sa Bituka ng Sta. Mesa/Pahiyom Alang Kang Evelyn (A Smile for Evelyn)/Roberto Reyes Ang’s TNT (Always on The Run)
7:30 p.m. Altarejos Cinema Experience (Siklo – Work in Progress)

March 8 Tuesday
2:30 p.m. An Kubo sa Kawayanan
5 p.m. Atras
7:30 p.m. Sekyu

National Women’s Month

March 9 Wednesday
5 p.m. All You Need Is Pag-ibig
7:30 p.m. Everything about Her

March 10 Thursday
4 p.m. Daughters of Cordillera/Wawa (Short Feature)
5:30 p.m. War Is a Tender Thing
7:30 p.m. ABS-CBN Film Restoration: Karnal

March 11 Friday
5 p.m. Active Vista Presentation: Wadjda
7:30 p.m. Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos

Cinema and Moving Image Research Assembly

March 17 Thursday
The Look of Silence 5 & 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the website of UPFI Film Center at

Let the battle begin in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Born one year apart in separate runs of DC Comics, Batman and Superman have leapt off the page to become cultural touchstones across the globe, embraced by generations of fans through decades of social and political change. One orphaned by crime, the other by a dying planet; one shaped by his thirst for vengeance, the other by the values of his human family.

Their legends have fueled adaptations in every new medium under the sun, including landmark graphic novels and more than a dozen movies between them. But never have these two seminal Super Heroes faced off against each other on the big screen … until now, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action-adventure “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The stage was set for their epic face-off in Snyder’s earlier foray into the DC Universe, “Man of Steel,” when Superman tears through Metropolis like a ballistic missile to defeat the alien enemy, General Zod, in an airborne battle that destroys Wayne Tower – and everyone inside it. In “Batman v Superman,” we’ll see that moment again, but this time through the eyes of Bruce Wayne as he runs into the billowing clouds of dust to search for survivors. Eighteen months hence, the scars are healing in Metropolis but not in the heart of the dark vigilante stalking the mean streets of nearby Gotham City.

This Batman has a score to settle, and both behind the mask and in the persona of Bruce Wayne, the character being brought to life in the film by Oscar winner Ben Affleck is older and far less idealistic than any we’ve seen thus far on screen. He’s facing off against a Superman who, while not as seasoned, has grown more confident in his powers and his place on this planet than the reluctant hero of “Man of Steel,” and after delivering the goods in that film, Henry Cavill is now fully owning both the role of the hero and his human identity, Clark Kent.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Opening across the Philippines in 3D, 2D, and IMAX 3D theaters on Black Saturday, March 26, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘Miracle from Heaven’ launches ‘Share Your Miracle’ website

Sony Pictures’ inspiring new film “Miracles from Heaven” has launched a website to let moviegoers share who their everyday miracles in life are.

Users can visit to create a customized digital image of someone who is a miracle in their life, whether it is an encouraging family member, a loving spouse or partner, motivating teacher, best friend, etc. On the site, users can upload a photo, personalize it, and share it easily on their social channels or the website’s gallery.

The trailer for “Miracles from Heaven” launched last November to record-shattering numbers, and to date has over 178 million views. The film is Sony Pictures’ pre-Lenten Season presentation in the Philippines.

“Miracles from Heaven” is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution.

After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

The film is directed by Patricia Riggen, with a screenplay by Randy Brown and based on the book by Christy Beam.

Opening across the Philippines on March 16, 2016, “Miracles from Heaven” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

GUIDE: Cinematheque Centre Manila in March 2016

This March the Cinematheque Centre Manila celebrates the ASEAN Film Awareness Month. Audiences can expect to be treated to the best of contemporary South East Asian cinema, as the selection of screenings from all over the region brings together the values, traditions and cultures of the diverse ASEAN people and paints a picture of their collective ASEAN identity.

All screenings for the ASEAN Film Awareness Month are free admission. The Cinematheque Centre Manila is located at 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila.


The ASEAN Film Awareness month will include discussions and special Q&A sessions with ASEAN and Filipino filmmakers. On weekends, the Cinematheque will also host its first set of special outdoor screenings. Throughout March, ASEAN films will be promoted, and will launch vital discourse and build a film community amongst South East Asia with the goal of ‘One Vision, One Identity, and One Community’.

Nine of the countries in the region will each be represented by at least one film. The following are the films featured this month at Cinematheque:

cinematheque centre manila march 2016 brunei

What’s So Special About Rina (Brunei)

Brunei’s entry, What’s So Special About Rina, is directed by Harlif Mohamad and Farid Azlan Ghani. The comedy follows the struggle of a 30 year old man looking for Rina – a mysterious woman he is supposedly destined to marry. This film is culturally significant because its characters speak in Brunei Malay – the first time the dialect has been used on the big screen. In 2013 it won Best Picture and the Special Jury award at the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards.

cinematheque centre manila march 2016 thailand

Hand in Glove (Thailand)

Hand in Glove is a Thailand-produced film by Yusuke Inaba. This lighthearted film is about an affable Prince from a fictional country. The prince meets a pretty, disarming tour guide when he takes a holiday from his royal duties.

cinematheque centre manila march 2016 myanmar

Successor of Merits (Myanmar)

Featured from Myanmar is U Htun Kyi’s rare work, Successor of Merits, the story of a young boy who wants to join a Buddhist monastery against his parents’ wishes. The film showcases Myanmar’s rich religious traditions.

Kayan Beauties (Myanmar)

Aung Ko Latt’s Kayan Beauties also represents Myanmar. A mysterious story of Kayan women who leave their remote village only to have one of their members abducted into the trade of human trafficking.

cinematheque centre manila march 2016 indonesia

When Will You Get Married? (Indonesia)

The Indonesian filmmakers include four films in the selection.  First is Ody Harahap’s When Will You Get Married? which has a single woman in her 30s as its main protagonist. Although she is successful in her chosen career her family considers her a failure as long as she remains unmarried. To escape their scrutiny she hires an actor to pretend to be her boyfriend which produces hilariously odd scenarios.

Filosofi Kopi (Indonesia)

The second Indonesian work is the coming-of-age film Filosofi Kopi by Angga Sasongko. Two best friends are in the quest to keep their coffee shop out of debt while also hoping to create the best cup of brew. In juggling these goals they learn more about themselves and the values they hold dear.

We Are Moluccans (Indonesia)

The third entry, We Are Moluccans, was filmed by the same director. In a remote island, a hopeful coach organizes a soccer team so that the youth will be distracted from the ongoing religious conflict. The Maluku team, made up of both Christian and Muslim boys, unites the natives of the island in their desire to see their children succeed.

Before Morning Returns (Indonesia)

Before Morning Returns by Lasja Fauzia Susatyo closes the Indonesian entries; a riveting family affair that illustrates how corruption starts and ends in the home.

cinematheque centre manila march 2016 vietnam

When Autumn Sunlight Comes (Vietnam)

Vietnamese director Bui Trung Hai contributed three of his films to the March screenings. When Autumn Sunlight Comes is about a young man with a seemingly perfect life. He grapples for his identity when his great job and relationship fall apart after a series of unfortunate events. In 2008, this film earned the Gold Remi Award for First Feature Film at the 41st Houston Film Festival.

Summer Rain (Vietnam)

Hai’s short films are also included in the selection: Summer Rain and David and Luisa. Summer Rain is about a Hanoian bride who returns to her hometown upon finding out about her husband’s infidelity. There she rekindles a relationship with an old flame.

David and Luisa (Vietnam)

David and Luisa illustrates a love story between two acting students as they explore the difference between staged and real life. It won the Bronze Remi Award at the Houston Film Festival in 2015.

Hot Sand (Vietnam)

Le Hoang’s Hot Sand is the last Vietnamese entry. The film touches on environmental issues as it is set in the beautiful seaside and highlights the conflict between a reptile specialist and commercial resort owners.

cinematheque centre manila march 2016 singapore

My Beloved Dearest (Singapore)

Singapore has three entries included in the ASEAN Film Awareness Month. The first is My Beloved Dearest about a homesick domestic helper who struggles to relate to her bitter retired employer. A tender story about how two broken hearts find solace in one other. The film won the Best Asian Film (Jury Prize) at the SalaMindanaw International Film Festival in 2013 and Best Feature at the 12th Royal Bali International Film Festival.

7 Letters (Singapore)

Another Singaporean entry is 7 Letters, an omnibus assembled by 7 different directors as an homage to the 50th anniversary of Singapore. Focusing on their country’s highly multilingual and multi-ethnic citizens, the idea of national identity and concept of home are thoroughly explored.

cinematheque centre manila march 2016 laos

Chanthaly (Laos)

Hailing from Laos is Chanthaly by director Mattie Do. An eerie film about a young girl experiencing visions of her dead mother.

Above It All (Laos)

Anysay Keola’s Above It All tells the story of a medical school graduate who is under pressure over marrying his beautiful and wealthy girlfriend despite his actual sexual preference.

I Love You (Laos)

I Love You is by filmmaker Thavisack Thammavongsa about a Laotian woman who wishes to open her own store. When her rich father recommends she find funding elsewhere, circumstances collide to orchestrate a life-changing meeting between her and a self-sufficient farmer.

cinematheque centre manila march 2016 malaysia

Nova (Malaysia)

Malaysia contributed three films. Nova by Nik Amir Mustapha is a fun film about a group of school friends on the trail of a mysterious UFO. The filmmaker of the group aims to document their zany road trip. What ensues is a playful mash up of the genres of comedy and science fiction. The film was a contender in the Asian Future Category at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival.

The Journey (Malaysia)

Another Malaysian film to look out for is The Journey of Chiu Keng Guan. It begins with a conservative father who refuses to give his blessing to his daughter and her fiancé from abroad. He is swayed once his future son-in-law agrees to hand deliver each wedding invitation with him. On the road, the two men learn about each other and open up to bridging their cultural differences.

Villa Nabila (Malaysia)

Syafiq Yusof’s horror film Villa Nabila rounds off the group. The urban legend recounts the disappearance of 23 students into a notoriously haunted abandoned house.

cinematheque centre manila march 2016 philippines

An Kubo sa Kawayanan (Philippines)

The Philippines screens three local films including An Kubo Sa Kawayanan by Alvin Yapan. It is an unconventional story about a woman who refuses to leave her house in a bamboo grove. The film is considered a meditation on the permanence of land in the time of cultural loss.

Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa (Philippines)

Nestor Abrogena’s Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa is a contemporary film about a young director and his writer girlfriend. Distance threatens to separate them as the director is accepted into a film school abroad and his girlfriend arranges to migrate to the United States.

Da Dog Show (Philippines)

Lastly, Da Dog Show by Ralston Jover follows a dog trainer who fights to keep his family together by putting on street dog shows.

cinematheque centre manila march 2016

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