Trinity University of Asia to hold ‘1st Ko si 3rd’ benefit screenings on November 14

Trinity Film Society, in partnership with Ohana Mnl, will be hosting benefit screenings of Real Florido’s acclaimed Cinemalaya drama “1st Ko Si 3rd” this November 14, 2016 (Thursday) at the Mandell Hall Auditorium, Trinity University of Asia.

Ticket is priced at P100 each (students and non-students/outsiders) and all proceeds will go to Ohana Mnl’s “#LetHairGo” event, which will be used for the funding of their special photoshoot for cancer-stricken children.

Screening times are as follows: 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM

For tickets, you can message Trinitian Film Society on their Facebook page or through mobile at 09154020800.

‘1st Ko Si 3rd’ tells the story of former lovers, played by Nova Villa and Freddie Webb, who were reacquainted after being separated for decades.

Joining Villa and Webb in the cast includes Dante Rivero, Ken Chan, Coleen Perez, Lara Morena, RJ Agustin, and Ruby Ruiz.

The film won Best Actor for Rivero at the 2014 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, Best Feature Film at the Canada International Film Festival and Best Director for Real Florido at the London Film Awards 2014.

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ABOUT TRINITIAN FILM SOCIETY

Trinitian Film Society, the first and only University-wide film organization in Trinity University of Asia, sets its objective to instill a special inclination towards Philippine cinema and in enriching the cultural environment on campus. It was born out of love for the art of cinema and the initiative to serve the students.

ABOUT OHANA MNL

Ohana Mnl is a non-stock, non-profit, SEC registered organization that advocates for children with cancer. Its core members are from different universities namely, UP and UST.

Young horror veterans play sisters in ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’

Playing the pivotal roles of sisters who get embroiled in a demonic possession in Universal Pictures’ “Ouija: Origin of Evil” are teen stars Lulu Wilson (Deliver Us from Evil) and Annalisse Basso (Oculus), who both have done horror films prior.

In the terrifying new tale and the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit Ouija, a widowed mother named Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters Doris (Wilson) and Lina (Basso) add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter Doris is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

The filmmakers knew the role of Doris would be the most difficult to cast. “The script asks a lot from someone so young, so we auditioned countless actresses,” states director and screenwriter Mike Flanagan.

Young horror veteran Lulu Wilson, who had shown her chops in Deliver Us from Evil, was able to perfectly balance the innocence and evil of Doris. Recalls the director: “She prepared a monologue from the film where she explains in disturbing detail what it’s like to be strangled to death, and I almost fell off my chair. She was the only actress who didn’t deliver the dialogue in a frightening way. Instead, she delivered it casually, innocently and with a smile, which was such a sophisticated choice.”

When it came to her stunts, the actress also performed well beyond her years. “There’s a scene where Doris scales a wall, and we wanted Lulu instead of using one of Lulu’s stunt double in a wig,” recalls Flanagan. “She was fearless; the first time I saw her up the wall with a huge grin on her face, it was incredible.”

Adds Wilson, who remains in staunch admiration of her stunt doubles on set, “It was crazy, and I was a little nervous but not too much.”

While horror films are off limits for 10-year-old, she hopes her parents make an exception for Ouija: Origin of Evil. “I won’t let them get away without letting me watch it,” Wilson states determinedly.

Meanwhile, Flanagan penned the part of Doris’ older sister, the intelligent, strong-willed Lina, with Basso in mind. “I first worked in Oculus with Annalise when she was just 13, and I thought she was one of the finest actors I’d ever met,” he says. “I knew she was perfect for this part.”

Basso was equally thrilled to team up with her Oculus filmmaker once again. “As a director, he gives you a specific vision and the freedom to interpret that vision,” commends Basso. “He always asks, ‘Do you want one more take?’ He’s so kind and aware of what you as a performer need on set.”

Lina’s layered character appealed to 16-year-old Basso. “We’re almost the same age, so I related to her struggle to find her own identity,” says the actress. “Lina is reckless, and I like that about her. I also admire her strength, which she learned after her father’s death, and how she uses those two qualities to stand up to her mother and the powerful spirits inside the house.”

Basso was also drawn to Lina’s love story with Mikey, a senior who’s interested in the sophomore for all the right reasons. “There’s a pure and wholesome connection between these two teenagers, which is a relationship you rarely see in horror movies,” says Basso. “They have a very sweet romance, but it’s complicated. She’s just starting to feel the first pangs of young love, while experiencing the consequences of losing someone you care for so much.”

Opening across the Philippines on October 26, 2016, “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Audience-favorite ‘Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa’ gets nationwide release on Nov 9

Due to insistent public demand, the highly-anticipated romantic film Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa finally gets a nationwide theatrical release on November 9.

Starring Nicco Manalo and Emmanuelle Vera, the film was first an entry to the 2015 World Premieres Film Festival.

Here is the film’s plot outline: “As clouds begin to roll, we see the afternoon life of a busy city. Cars jam the streets, as people make squares of the side streets they walk on. People queue in line as they try to board the city train. This is SAM’s picture of his daily route to the university. He is a young filmmaker, who in his daily commute, picks up his girlfriend ISA from the train station before heading to school together.

The gloomy weather seems to be painting the day for the young couple. Problems between them hover as they both try to delay the inevitable — ISA is about to leave for the States after graduation, while SAM has a fellowship offer from one of the leading film schools in the world. The air between them is rife with doubts, fear and their unspoken dilemma looms on the horizon.

Should SAM and ISA stay, or should they just let go?”

As of writing, screening venues (including school campuses) will be on the following areas: Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Marikina, San Juan, Manila, Las Piñas, Los Baños in Laguna, Dasmariñas in Cavite, Baguio, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, Zamboanga.

Its director Nestor Abrogena was more than grateful when he shared the good news to Cinema Bravo. “Thank you to everyone who has been supporting our little film AKND for the past two years,” he said. “We have been continuously screening for the past couple of years and I’m still at awe with the support that we are getting.”

He also reiterated that the film will also be seen through other platforms. “We are really grateful to the public for making it possible for us to screen at the theaters, for bringing us to the micro cinemas and alternative venues,” he added. “Thank you also for making it possible for us to have an online release and DVD distribution.”

“Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa” is under Dogtown Manila and Monoxide Works and produced by Jedd Dumaguina, Jess Yap, and Ramon Bautista.

GUIDE: Cinema One Originals Festival 2016

Now on its 12th year, Cinema One Originals Festival 2016 will run from November 14 to 22 at Trinoma, Gateway Cineplex, Greenhills Theater Mall, Glorietta 4, and Cinematheque Centre Manila. This year’s tagline is “Ano’ng Tingin Mo.”

SCREENING SCHEDULES

Schedules are subject to change. Check on cinema schedules for confirmation.

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FULL-LENGTH FEATURES IN COMPETITION

The following 7 finalists for the full-length feature film category were each granted a P3-million seed:

  1. Lily by Keith Deligero
  2. Every Room is a Planet by Malay Javier
  3. Baka Bukas by Samantha Lee
  4. Si Magdalola at ang mga Gago by Jules Katanyag
  5. Malinak Ya Labi by Jose Abdel Langit
  6. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten by Petersen Vargas
  7. Tisay by Alfonso Torre

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES IN COMPETITION

The following 3 finalists for the documentary feature film category were each granted a P1.5-million seed:

  1. Diary of Vietnam Rose (People Power Bombshell) by John Torres
  2. Piding by Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera
  3. Forbidden Memory by Teng Mangansakan

BEST OF CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2015

  1. Manang Biring by Carl Joseph Papa
  2. Hamog by Ralston Jover
  3. Miss Bulalacao by Ara Chawdhury
  4. Dahling Nick by Sari Dalena
  5. Mga Rebeldeng May Kaso by Raymond Red
  6. The Comeback by Ivan Payawal
  7. Bukod Kang Pinagpala by Sheron Dayoc
  8. Dayang Asu by Bor Ocampo
  9. Baka Siguro Yata by Joel Ferrer

WORLD CINEMA

  1. The Untamed by Amat Escalante
  2. Elle by Paul Verhoeven
  3. Neruda by Pablo Larraín
  4. I am Not Madame Bovary by Xiaogang Feng
  5. Frantz by François Ozon
  6. Graduation by Cristian Mungiu
  7. The Salesman by Ashdar Fajardi
  8. Slack Bay by Bruno Dumont
  9. It’s Only the End of the World by Xavier Dolan
  10. Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerrera
  11. Swiss Army Man by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinart
  12. I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach
  13. Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rossi
  14. De Palma by Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow
  15. Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond by Pierre Filmon
  16. The Wailing by Na Hong-Jin
  17. Goodnight Mommy by Veronica Franz & Severin Fiala
  18. The Witch by Robert Eggers
  19. Creepy by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

RESTORED CLASSICS

  1. Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos by Mario O’Hara
  2. Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi by Danny Zialcita
  3. Cain at Abel by Lino Brocka
  4. Pagdating sa Dulo by Ishmael Bernal

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

  1. Ang Babaeng Humayo by Lav Diaz
  2. Salvage by Sherad Sanchez