GUIDE: Cinematheque Centre Manila in April 2016

This April 2016, the Cinematheque Centre Manila celebrates the “Daze of Youth” with youth cinema crossing all eras and genres, speaking of the wayward endlessness of growing up and the rebellion against stern adulthood. Audiences will be treated to special question-and-answer sessions with directors and special guests following select film screenings.

The Cinematheque Centre Manila is located at 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila. Screenings this month are for free or with a P50 admission as specified by blue dots.

Screening Schedules

The Films

Lav Diaz’s award-winning 8-hour epic returns to the Cinematheque Centre Manila!

The film starts at 11 am, with a one-hour break and another thirty-minute break. Admission is at P200. Just for the Hele screenings, light snacks and drinks are allowed inside the theatre.

Same-day selling of tickets an hour before each screening time, or may be pre-purchased at the Cinematheque at an earlier date. The Cinematheque staff are available to accommodate you Tuesdays to Sundays, 1 pm to 7:30 pm (and *only for the Mondays of April, 10 am to 7:30 pm).

Being young these days hits close to home with this batch of contemporary films.

Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa returns to the Cinematheque with Nestor Abrogena’s narrative of a relationship at a crossroads because of the pair’s star-crossed circumstances.

Ang Nawawala by Marie Jamora takes us into the mind of a teen self-silencing due to the death of his twin in his childhood, and who spends the holidays with his family after years of living abroad.

Sleepless captures the restlessness of the young with Prime Cruz’s story of two insomniac call center agents finding comfort and security in each other.

Pepe Diokno’s Kapatiran tells us about the hazing of neophytes in a law school fraternity and its repercussions on the world.

Above the Clouds, also by Pepe Diokno, shares a tale about an orphaned teenager who comes to live with his grandfather in the mountains, with both dealing with the loss of beloved family and finding ways to connect despite their grief.

Big Boy by Shireen Seno is a dreamlike portrait of childhood, about a boy from Mindoro forced by his parents to grow taller with a special concoction they created.

Pascalina by Pam Miras is the dark coming-of-age of a teenage outcast who receives the curse of becoming a monstrous aswang from her dying aunt.

Anac Ti Pating by Martin Masadao is about a fifth-grade math wiz and writer who pens a short story about sharks in the Cordillera forest.

Our own iconic “brat pack” flicks, Bagets and Bagets 2 by Maryo J. delos Reyes take us back into the 80s, with the decade’s big name stars encapsulating the fun of teenage hijinks and heartaches of sexual awakening.

Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’s Gangland bring us into the 90’s with its gang of misfits struggling through their dysfunctional families and taking to the streets.

Magic Temple, also by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, is a journey through a magical world where three boys battle against evil forces.

The contemporary Iskalawags is also a nostalgic trip into the period by Keith Deligero, following a bunch of action movie-obsessed boys through adventures in their small town.

We’ll be brought back to earth and to the slums of Tondo with Bakal Boys and Happyland—the former a docu-drama by Ralston Jover on boys who dive for scrap metal in Manila Bay, and the latter a true-to-life story by Jim Libiran on ruffians who are given the chance to dream and trained as a team of young football players.

It’s one against the world with select “Daze of Youth” films, first with the great director and National Artist Lino Brocka’s Miguelito: Batang Rebelde, about a young man taking justice into his hands when his mother shows up from prison, having been hidden from him and framed by his father.

Celebrated filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya also has a film, Sa Pusod ng Dagat, showing this April, about a provincial lad who takes the mantle of his mother’s job as the small town’s only midwife.

The multi-awarded Boses by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil is the tale of a young prodigy, muted by parental abuse, whose talent for the violin is inadvertently discovered.

Directed by another great National Artist, Lamberto Avellana, Badjao: The Sea Gypsies is a jaunt into old young love, the story of a Badjao and a Tausug who fall in love despite their warring tribes.

Ilusyon by Ellen Ramos and Paolo Villaluna is a tale set in the 50s, about a promdi who settles in Manila to look for his father, but instead pretends to be him to paint a charming nude model.

Agaton and Mindy, by Peque Gallaga, follows a pair of dancers who are wholly different in their circumstances but must come together to find the desire needed for a performance.

Select films will be accompanied by director question-and-answer sessions following the screening.

Visit and Cinematheque Centre Manila social media pages for screening schedules and updates.

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