GUIDE: International Silent Film Festival Manila 2016

Now on its 10th year, International Silent Film Festival Manila 2016 will run from Aug 25 to 28 at Shang Cineplex. All screenings will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be released 30 minutes before every screening.

Coinciding with Shangri-La Plaza’s 25th anniversary is the 10th edition of the International Silent Film Festival Manila, the first of its kind in South East Asia. The metro’s top lifestyle destination is hosting another series of silent movie screenings, accompanied by live musical performances.

This year, the Philippine-Italian Association, the Japan Foundation Manila, Goethe-Institut Philippinen, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes, the British Council, and the Embassies of the United States of America, France and Austria, come together to present ten films from nine different countries on August 25 to 28 at the Shang Cineplex. For this milestone, lectures and a round table discussion on Silent Cinema, along with an exhibit on the festival will be added to enrich the celebrations.

10th Anniversary Exhibit

Kicking things off is an exhibit illustrating the 10-year journey of the unique festival. The exhibit, to open on August 16 at the Grand Atrium, was curated by Filipina photographer and visual and graphic artist Nikkorlai Tapan. Viewers can immerse in the art and history of the movie industry’s golden era with a live movie set, an interactive photo wall that lets you create your own personal movie poster, live drawings by visual artists interpreting 10 years of rocking silence, and a trivia game experience by the interactive story tellers of Manila Who (known for their story driven walks of Escolta Street in Manila).


August 25 (Thu) • 7:30 PM

The festival opens on August 25 with a film from the UK, Play On! Silent Shakespeare at 7:30pm. The new compilation of silent Shakespeare shorts includes the world’s earliest surviving Shakespeare adaptation, King John, and an early version of Hamlet. The film will be scored with the stylings of Tago Jazz Collective.

tago jazz collective

August 26 (Fri) • 5:30 PM

Our country’s very own Maicling Maicling Pelicula nang Ysang Indio Nacional, set in the Spanish-ruled 1890s Philippines, will be shown along with the sounds of indie rock band, Oh! Flamingo, on August 26, 5:30pm.

August 26 (Fri) • 8:00 PM

Italy is presenting Maciste All’Inferno, a story that takes place in hell. The film will be introduced with a lecture by film expert Nick Deocampo, and will be accompanied by music from iconic Filipino musician, Ely Buendia (August 26, 8pm).

August 27 (Sat) • 3:00 PM

Popular Spanish zarzuela, La Revoltosa, is an unlikely story of two lovers set to its original musical score to be performed by the DingDong Fiel Music Ensemble and tenor Miguel Ángel Lobato (August 27, 3pm).

August 27 (Sat) • 5:30 PM

Japan’s Muteki is a tragic story of forbidden love, scored by the Makiling Band (August 27, 5:30pm).

August 27 (Sat) • 8:00 PM

American movie, For Heaven’s Sake is an action, comedy, and romance about a wealthy man falling for a girl the opposite of him. The film, showing on August 27, 8pm, will be scored by the 10-piece genre-bending band Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, composed of members from the country’s finest musical acts.

August 28 (Sun) • 3:00 PM

France enters the festival with two films screening on August 28, 3pm, Le Pied de Mouton and Le Petit Soucet, with music composed and arranged by Felipe A. Latonio, Jr.

August 28 (Sun) • 5:30 PM

Following the French film is Austria’s Der Balletterzherzog, 5:30pm, a love triangle story between an arch-duke, a count, and a young ballerina, and will be accompanied by multiple award-winning vocalist of the Philippine rock band Wolfgang, Basti Artadi.

August 28 (Sun) • 8:00 PM

Finally, the German film, Der letzte Mann, considered by many as the legendary F.W. Murnau’s most important work and one of the most revolutionary works in film history will cap off this musical film fete on August 28, 8pm, to be scored by internationally-recognized local band, Up Dharma Down.

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Action-packed ‘Ben-Hur’ showcases timely story of forgiveness

Paramount Pictures’ and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ “Ben-Hur” is a spectacular, action-adventure in epic scale in the tradition of “Gladiator.” But more than that, it is a timely story of forgiveness, the very core of the original novel from which the film is based, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace.

In fact, although “Ben-Hur” has all the makings of a classic revenge epic, the aspect that endeared the project to the creative team was its redemptive themes.

“One of the last sentences Christ spoke was ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they’ve done,’” explains screenwriter Keith Clarke. “With his last few breaths, he forgave those who responsible for his death.”

“So much tragedy in the world can be averted by forgiving our enemies,” Clarke continues. “I’m a huge admirer of Nelson Mandela, because he was able to confront the people who had wronged him and forgive them. In the Middle East, conflicts have raged for generations because of the difficulty of saying ‘I know what you’ve done to me is horrific, but I forgive you.’”

Producer Sean Daniel says, “Regardless of your own personal faith, you will appreciate the profound and universal themes explored in the film.”

“If you watch this movie, and you’ve never read the Bible, you’ll enjoy story, the action and adventure,” says producer Roma Downey. “If you are a Christian, the film will mean that much more to you.”

“Ben-Hur doesn’t give you a message of faith overtly, but it is there to give you something to think about,” explains producer Mark Burnett. “It’s a message of hope that’s been part of this story since Lew Wallace wrote it in 1880. It’s a story that’s been told before, because it’s a story worth telling again and again, for this generation and for generations to come.”

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”), “Ben-Hur” is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title and separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Opening across the Philippines in August 17, “Ben-Hur” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.