FDCP, Instituto Cervantes present free screenings of Espacio Femenino film series

In celebration of the International Women’s Month, the Film Development Council of the Philippines is partnering with Instituto Cervantes for the screening of women-themed Spanish films from March 4-25, 2017 at the FDCP Cinematheque Manila, Ermita, Manila.

Dubbed as Espacio Femenino (Women Space), the film series will feature four (4) documentaries directed by female Spanish directors which highlights the role of women as drivers of political and social change.

“We are in full support of Instituto Cervantes for this continuing film series made by women and for women. We hope that through this, our own Filipino women audience here will be inspired and encouraged to not just celebrate their femininity but also use it to affect positive change in our society,” said FDCP Chair Liza Diño regarding the program.

Espacio Femenino films will be screened in the FDCP Cinematheque on the following dates:

  • March 4 (6pm) – Las Constituyentes by Oliva Acosta
  • March 11 (6pm) – Excluidas del Paraiso by Esther Perez de Eulate
  • March 18 (6pm) – La Fiesta de Otros by Ana Serret Ituarte
  • March 25 (6pm) – El Lugar de Fresas by Maite Vitoria Daneris

For more information, visit the FDCP Facebook page or email cinematheque@fdcp.ph.


New ‘Ghost in the Shell’ banners exude futuristic vibe

Paramount Pictures has just unveiled two banners for its upcoming action-thriller Ghost in the Shell that sell the futuristic tone of the film, while showcasing Scarlett Johansson’s kick-ass physique.

Directed by Rupert Sanders, the film also stars “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbaek, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche.

Check out the poster below and watch Ghost in the Shell in Philippine cinemas starting March 29, 2017.

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.

The film is based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”

Ghost in the Shell is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Raymond Francisco, Ronwaldo Martin topbill Joel Lamangan’s ‘Bhoy Intsik’

A gay thief and his young protege: These are the two main characters portrayed by seasoned theater actor and television commercial director Raymond Francisco and Coco Martin’s younger brother Ronwaldo Martin in “BHOY INTSIK”.

Raymond, known to his friends in showbiz as “RS”, embarks on a new journey in his colorful career as an artist– as a first-tilnc lead actor in the said independent feature film he produced under his Frontrow Entcrtain1nent.

Under the direction of award-winning 1nastcr director joel Lamangan. “BHOY INTSIK” is among the five (5) finalists of Sinag Maynila 2017 indie film festival with Brillante Mendoza as festival director and Wilson Tieng, chief executive officer of Solar Entertainment, main proponent of the three-year-old festival.

The film tackles the story of Bhoy Intsik (Raymond Francisco) and Marlon (Ronwaldo Martin), two small-time felons whose paths crossed, starting a petty mutual disdain for a competitor in their illegal business in the community of the living-dead, and both eventually became allies.

“Being both the lead actor and producer of this film is definitely a big challenge for me,” says Raymond. “I had to separate my role as a producer and as an actor.”

“During the pre-production stage of the film, I functioned as a producer. But when the cameras started to grind, I had to shut off the producer side of me to concentrate
on my role, and leave all the production aspect to my director and the team.”

How would he rate Ronwaldo Martin as a newbie actor?

“Yes, he’s new in the business, but a very professional talent. I felt a screen chemistry with him as co-actors, as far as our roles were concerned – without any malicious angle, even if I’m a gay in the story and he’s straight.

“I’m also deeply honored to have Direk Joel as my director who guided us on how to give color to our respective roles.”

The movie also stars }eric Raval, Mon Confiado, Elora Espafio, Jim Pebanco, Tony Mabesa, Shyr Valdes, Mike Lloren, and Liz Alindogan.

“Bhoy Intsik” is slated to be shown from March 9 to 14 in SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, Gateway, and Glorietta 4 cinemas.

‘Kong: Skull Island’ to have midnight screenings in PH cinemas

Moviegoers in the Philippines get a rare chance to awaken the king of monsters earlier than anyone else in the world! Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have scheduled midnight screenings of Kong: Skull Island on Thursday, March 9 at 12:01AM in participating cinemas across the country.

Be the first one to watch the controversial post-credit scene that’s bound to be talked about right after.

Tickets to the previews will be at regular admission prices. The public is advised to check with their favourite cinemas for exact details of screening hours and ticket rates.

The epic action-adventure then opens wide on Thursday morning March 9 starting at ten am.

A compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor), Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), John Goodman (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room), Jing Tian (The Great Wall), Toby Kebbell (Warcraft) and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy).

With Kong: Skull Island—and Godzilla before it—the producing team is laying the foundation for a vast, shared universe of monsters, one grounded in our own world but heightened to allow for the existence of MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms, in the “MonsterVerse” vernacular). But to do it justice meant not only orchestrating the collision of two longstanding cinematic mythologies but merging two distinct timelines.

The key came in the form of a game-changing idea from Vogt-Roberts, an emerging filmmaker with just one feature under his belt—the acclaimed independent hit “The Kings of Summer.” Producer Alex Garcia reveals, “The linchpin of our Godzilla story is the notion that the 1954 nuclear tests weren’t tests; the government was actually trying to kill something. Jordan came in the door with the idea of setting the film in the 1970s, and that immediately lit up our imaginations. Not only did the `70s jibe with the MonsterVerse, it’s a rich period to explore thematically and allowed us to bring ultra-real warfare and giant monsters together within the same movie.”

Opening across the Philippines in 2D, 3D in select theaters, and IMAX beginning March 9, 2017, Kong: Skull Island is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.