GUIDE: Moviemov: Italian Film Festival 2016

The 4th Moviemov: Italian Film Festival will run from November 12 to 16 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Films will be screened with English subtitles.

Featured Films

The vibrant and diverse lineup of Italian films were produced in 2015 and 2016. This year’s festival includes the following:

  1. Perfetti sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) by Paolo Genovese
  2. Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi
  3. Veloce come il vento (Italian Race) by Matteo Rovere
  4. Vangelo by Pippo Delbono
  5. La ragazza del mondo (Wordly Girl) by Marco Danieli
  6. Indivisibili (Indivisible) by Edoardo De Angelis
  7. Piuma by Roan Johnson
  8. Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg) by Gabriele Mainetti
  9. 2 Night by Ivan Silvestrini
  10. Un bacio (One Kiss) by Ivan Cotroneo

Opening Night

The Italian directors, cast, and crew of the films will grace the Red Carpet Opening Night at the Cinematheque for the special screening of Perfetti sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) by Paolo Genovese. Joining them are Italian Senator Goffredo Bettini, a film advocate who is the founder and artistic director of the Moviemov Italian Film Festival. The opening night is strictly invitational.

Q&A Sessions at the Screenings

Some of the filmmakers will also be offering question-and-answer sessions for the film audiences at the screenings, among other events that will thrill local cineastes at the festival.

Screening Schedule


The travelling Italian Film Festival “Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now” makes a home this year with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila, following its string of successful editions in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Moviemov is organized by Playtown Roma and supported by the General Direction for Cinema of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Italian Trade Agency in Rome and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Rome, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in the Philippines and the FDCP.

The festival pays tribute to contemporary Italian cinema by travelling Asia, especially the Philippines, and screening the various works of art created by Italy’s impressive crop of talent. Moviemov makes a first in its run in our country by partnering with the FDCP and showing its films exclusively at the Cinematheque Manila this 2016.

The festival is also supported by San Miguel Corporation, Gourmet Farms, Rustan’s, Philippine Italian Association, Augustea Ship Manning, Elburg Shipmanagement, Rina Academy, Fila, Trevi Foundations, L’Opera, Caruso, Cibo di M, and Ralph’s Wines.

Cinematheque Centre Manila holds free screenings of Spanish thrillers

Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain, in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), present the film cycle “Spanish Thrillers”, a series of Spanish movies to be shown every Saturday in June at the FDCP Cinematheque.

With the arrival of the Democracy to Spain in 1976, these thrillers reflect a fresh outlook brought about by a new generation of filmmakers. Thanks to their intriguing storyline, out-of-the-box concepts combined with clever acting and direction as well as a perfect execution, Spanish thrillers have won popularity worldwide. This film cycle is an opportunity to enjoy four gems of a genre that is booming in Spanish cinema.

June 4 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

The film series will kick-off on Saturday, 4 June at 4 p.m. with “Tesis” (Thesis), a disturbing thriller about the depiction of violence by the media. Angela is a university student who is preparing a thesis on media violence. To complement her work, her adviser agrees to search the reserved area of the university library for material, but the next day he is found dead. Angela meets Chema, a fellow student and expert of gore and porn films, and Bosco, a strange boy and close friend of a young woman who was murdered in a snuff movie. Released in 1996, the opera prima of Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar garnered seven Goya Awards (Best Film and Best Script among them), and has become over the years a classic of the genre.

June 11 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

Enrique Urbizu’s “La caja 507” (Box 507) will be the second installment of this film cycle. The movie, to be shown on June 11, at 4 p.m., is a gripping thriller with a social message, as well as a prime example of the film quality Spain is known for.

Modesto, an honest and responsible professional, is a manager of a small bank branch in the Costa del Sol. His daughter dies in a forest fire that is believed to be accidental. One day due to a robbery that takes place in the bank several safety-deposit boxes are pried open. Modesto mistakenly looks into one of the deposit boxes and stumbles across documents that prove that his daughter’s death was not an accident. From that day on, he sets on a personal crusade for justice. A movie that is well-directed and acted, La caja 507 won several awards both in Spain and abroad, and enjoyed a very successful career at film festivals around the world.

June 18 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

Also directed by Enrique Urbizu, who has become a master of the genre, is “No habrá paz para los malvados” (No Rest for the Wicked). This film will be shown on Saturday, 18 June, at 4 p.m. The film, produced in 2011, tells the story of Santos Trinidad (played by José Coronado), a cop with an outstanding record but was relegated after an obscure incident that ruined his career and turned him into an alcoholic and angry loner. One night Santos finds himself implicated in a triple homicide in an after-hours club. José Coronado’s monumental performance rewarded him several acting awards, as did Urbizu’s fine directing win him two Goyas as the Best Director and Best Screenplay.

June 25 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

Directed by Jaume Balagueró in 2011, “Mientras duermes” (Sleep Tight) will close the film series on the 25th of June at 4 p.m. César works as a doorman in an apartment building in Barcelona. He goes about his day to day work mainly unnoticed by the residents of the building yet he pays close attention to them. He knows all the intimate details of their lives, everything about them and one in particular –Clara, a happy-go-lucky young woman, who always looks on the positive side of things, and whose cheery attitude to life makes Cesar’ skin crawl. In Clara he has found the perfect target, and he will go to extreme lengths to make her life miserable. An artistic and commercial success, Mientras duermes enjoyed quite a success in film festivals worldwide, receiving more than 30 awards and nominations.

All films will be shown in original version in Spanish with English subtitles. The screenings will take place at the Cinematheque of FDCP, at 855 T. M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila. Time: 4 p.m. ADMISSION is FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information please log on to Instituto Cervantes’ website, or call 526-1482.

GUIDE: Cinematheque Centre Manila in May 2016

In honor of National Heritage Month this May, the Cinematheque Centre Manila, in partnership with the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP), will screen classic Filipino films that are widely considered to be some of the best that Philippine cinema has to offer.  The films in this month’s line-up are milestones that have had a significant impact on the development of cinema in the Philippines.

All films are for free admission, with the exception of Lav Diaz’s Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis at PHP200.

May was declared to be National Heritage Month in 2003, wherein the government calls attention to the need to conserve, promote, and popularize the nation’s historical cultural heritage.  The proclamation was made to address the need “to create in the people a consciousness, respect and love for the legacies of Filipino cultural history and to raise material support for the protection of tangible and intangible heritage.”

As such, the roster of films is comprised of works from the country’s National Artists for Film, including legendary directors Gerardo de Leon, Lamberto Avellana, Manuel Conde, Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, and Eddie Romero, as well as the famous action-star Fernando “Da King” Poe, Jr (or “FPJ”), and the “King of Comedy” Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr., popularly known as Dolphy.  It also includes monumental works from some of the most revered and established Filipino directors, including Kidlat Tahimik, Mike de Leon, and Chito S. Roño.

In addition to these classics, Lav Diaz’s latest film Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis is to have extended screenings for the entire month of May to further celebrate National Heritage Month, as the award-winning film is truly a tribute to our nation’s history and culture, mixing fact with fiction.  The film features Philippine national heroes and historical figures with the country’s known literary characters from the novels of National Hero Jose Rizal as well as Filipino folklore in its revolution-era narrative.

The first of the restored heritage classics screening in May is A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino by Lamberto Avellana is a rare Filipino classic based on National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin’s famous play written in 1952, telling the struggles of two sisters and their reclusive father as World War II looms in the Great Walled City of Intramuros that they call home.

One of the first epic Filipino classics, Manuel Conde’s Genghis Khan, restored in 2012, was lauded as a technical achievement using innovative cinematography and set design to bring his compelling vision of the great conqueror to life.

Also restored in 2012, Lino Brocka’s celebrated Maynila Sa Mga Kukong Liwanag (Manila in the Claws of Light) will also be featured this May. Perhaps responsible for setting the trend for social realist films in Philippine cinema, Maynila film follows the journey of an innocent young fisherman to Manila in search for his love, depicting a city that has been broken by the tyranny of dictatorship.

Alongside Genghis Khan and Portrait, Avellana’s Anak Dalita (Child of Sorrow) joins them as one of the timeless classics from the Golden Age of Philippine Cinema from the 1950s to late 1960s. The film follows a young soldier returning home from abroad to discover his mother living in poverty after World War II who must make amends with his new realities at home.  Gerardo de Leon’s Mad Doctor of Blood Islandwas produced as the first Golden Age slowed down, but not without a bang. His American-produced horror film shocked audiences at drive-in theaters in California with the story of a doctor who creates zombies on a far-away island.

Lino Brocka’s Cain at Abel (Cain and Abel) and Kidlat Tahimik’s Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare) were made during the Second Golden Age, between the 1970s and 1980s.  Cain at Abel retells the biblical story of the two brothers in modern Filipino society, delving into how a corrupt system of justice creates barriers and leads to bloodshed.  Tahimik’s nostalgic perspective takes the center stage in Mababangong Bangungot as he weaves together a nonlinear, earnest story about a NASA-obsessed jeepney driver finding his way home.

FPJ rose to fame in the 80s and 90s with Eddie Romero’s unforgettable film Aguila, where Poe Jr. plays a missing father whose violence-marred life parallels the history of the Philippines across eight decades.  FJP dabbles into romance in Kahit Konting Pagtingin (Even Just a Glance) with Sharon Cuneta famously playing his love interest.

Though known mostly for their social realist cinema, Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal both ventured into comedy.  Brocka’s Ang Tatay Kong Nanay, starring the great comedian Dolphy, follows a Dioscoro, a gay hairdresser who suddenly becomes a parent when an infant is left to his care and attempts to hide his true identity from his son. Bernal’s Working Girls was depicts a group of young upcoming business women who use their wit and cunning to achieve their goals and get into several misadventures along the way.

Chito S. Roño’s Dekada 70 completes the May classics line-up.  Based on the acclaimed novel by Lualhati Bautista, the film follows the political awakening of a mother as her sons take up various forms of activism in the midst of dictatorship.

National Heritage Month highlights the outreach aspect of the mission of the Cinematheque Centre Manila and the National Film Archives of the Philippines: to encourage the appreciation and understanding of filmic art and Filipino culture by making accessible the nation’s rich cinematic heritage to the wider public.

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

National Heritage Month poster

Cinematheque Centre Manila presents Spanish comedies in May

Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain, in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), present the film cycle “Those Funny Spaniards. Four Spanish Comedies”, a series of Spanish films to be shown during the Saturdays of May at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.

Entrance is FREE ADMISSION on a first-come, first-served basis. All films will be shown in their original version in Spanish with English subtitles. The screenings will take place at the Cinematheque of FDCP at 855 T. M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila.

Since its beginnings, Spanish cinema showed a knack for comedy. Today, in addition to the contribution of the veteran maestros of the genre, new directors are forging the Golden Age of Spanish comedy.

May 7 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

The films series will kick off on Saturday May 7, 4pm, with Primos, a very well-crafted romantic comedy about three thirty-something cousins trying to recharge their manhood in the seaside town where they spent summers as children. Directed by Spanish filmmaker Daniel Sánchez Arévalo in 2011, Primos has become one of the most popular Spanish comedies of recent years.

May 14 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

Alex de la Iglesia’s Crimen ferpecto (Perfect Crime) will be the second installment of the film cycle. The movie, to be shown on May 14, at 4pm, is a witty black comedy about the cutthroat world of sales representatives clawing their way to the top. Nominated for several categories at the Goya Awards, the movie enjoyed a very successful career at film festivals around the world.

May 21 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

The well-acted comedy Sin vergüenza (Joaquín Oristrell, 2001) will be shown on Saturday 21st May, at 4pm. A very popular movie at its release, it is about actors and their everyday life. One day, Isabel, an acting teacher running a school in Madrid, runs across a script written by the famed film director Mario Fabra. As she reads it, she realizes that the script is about a brief but unforgettable fling she had with the filmmaker 21 years before. She promptly calls up Mario and arranges lunch. For his latest film, Mario is looking for fresh faces and asks Isabel to line up some of her better students for an audition. In the process, actors clash and egos inflate.

May 28 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

Directed by Luis García Berlanga in 1961, Plácido will close the film series on May 28, 4pm. A classic of the genre and one of the masterpieces of Spanish cinema, the black comedy focuses on Plácido, the humble owner of a three-wheeler, whose family is forced to live in a public lavatory because of the lack of money to pay the rent, and who has to pay the second bill of his vehicle before midnight or else he will lose it.

cinematheque centre manila may 2016 spanish film Plácido

The movie was chosen as the Best Film of the Year by the Cinema Writers Circle of Spain, and was nominated to the Oscars as Best Foreign Language Film. It also entered the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.

For further information please log on to Instituto Cervantes’ website or, or call 526-1482.

‘Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis’ screens anew at the Cinematheque Centre Manila

Due to insistent public demand, the Cinematheque Centre Manila is re-screening Lav Diaz’s Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis during its run in April and May 2016.

The Cinematheque is located at 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila. Admission is at P200. Screening starts at 11:00 AM, with a one-hour break and another thirty-minute break. 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 guests Tuesdays to Sundays, 1:00 PM to 7:30 PM (and *only for the Mondays of April, 10 am to 7:30 pm).

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Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis screens at the Cinematheque Centre Manila these Mondays of April: April 18 and 25. It will also screen  on the Fridays and Sundays of May: May 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, and 29.

The experimental work by the soulful, multi-awarded independent filmmaker on the convergence of history, mythology, literature, and nationalism received rave reviews in its premiere in the Berlin International Film Festival, having won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for its cinematic vision and art.

The film unfolds over eight hours, a tribute to our nation’s history and culture, mixing fact with fiction by introducing Philippine national heroes and historical figures with the country’s known literary characters and monsters from folklore in its revolution-era narrative. Using Diaz’s signature long, still camera shots and black-and-white palette, Hele is a contemplative journey through the Katipunan revolt, of Gregoria de Jesus’s search for her captive husband, Bonifacio, and of Isagani and Simoun’s escape into safety following the latter’s failed plan for our country’s freedom. The film is populated by memorable characters, both real and imagined, led by a stellar cast of notable commercial and independent film actors: Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Hazel Orencio, Alessandra de Rossi, Susan Africa, Joel Saracho, Cherie Gil, Angel Aquino, and Bernardo Bernardo, among many others.

For more information, please visit FDCP’s website at or its Facebook pages.

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.

3 Filipino films from 2015 World Premieres screens for free at Cinematheque Centre Manila

Celebrating the cinema and culture of the Southeast Asian nations, films from the Philippines will screen for free this March alongside ASEAN films at the Cinematheque Centre Manila! Select pictures from the World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) 2015 will delve into worlds only Filipino filmmakers can create, with filmmakers Alvin Yapan, Nestor Abrogena, and Ralston Jover sharing their visions of the country on screen.

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An Kubo sa Kawayanan

One of these visions, Alvin Yapan’s An Kubo sa Kawayanan, is a meditation on our human place in the world and environment. The film won Best Picture at last year’s World Premieres Film Festival’s Filipino New Cinema section awards. Set in the Bicol countryside, the film focuses on Michelle, a calado embroiderer who finds comfort in her plain hut, vowing never to leave. Even when her boyfriend and others around her convince her to leave and find greener pastures elsewhere, Michelle is convinced that all that she needs is in her kubo and the simple things around it, which communicate happiness and security to her in a language only she can understand. The poetic An Kubo also won Best Cinematography, Editing, and Performance by an Actress at the WPFF, as well as a nomination for Best Asian Feature Film in the 2015 Singapore International Film Festival.

Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa

Similarly meditative is Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa by Nestor Abrogena. Whereas Yapan focuses on ecology, Abrogena fixes an eye on a relationship between filmmaker and teacher, Sam, and aspiring writer and student, Isa. Abrogena adopts a quiet and thoughtful view into the pair’s love story as they navigate through their feelings and lives. Trouble hangs in the air as they decide what to do with each other, as Isa is set to fly to the US upon graduating, and Sam has received an offer to be a fellow in a prestigious film school abroad. Loosely based on the director’s own experience as well as featuring original music, Ang Kwento was nominated for Best Picture in the WPFF, and won the Filipino New Cinema Best Sound Award.

Da Dog Show

Rounding out the selections is Ralston Jover’s Da Dog Show, a true-to-life story about a dog trainer. A grittier picture than its counterparts, the WPFF ASEAN Skies entry follows Mang Sergio, who trains his beloved pet dogs to perform trick shows on the street to sustain his family. Together with his two children, they try to get by living in a public cemetery mausoleum, while Sergio tries to raise enough money to track down his youngest son, who was taken by his wife. Da Dog Show became the only Filipino entry in 2012 at the Cannes L’Atelier, which was created to bridge promising filmmakers with partners and funders to create their work, and the film has since made rounds in the festival circuit.

These beautiful Filipino works of art will be joined by numerous other films from Southeast Asia spanning different genres and cultures. They will run from March 1 to April 3, 2016, at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, and screen with English subtitles. ALL films are free of charge. Certain films will be shown at an outdoor screenings, and some will be graced by the presence of their filmmakers for a Q&A session. Film schedules and details are available on our social media channels and on the FDCP website,


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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Please visit the website and Cinematheque social media pages for screening schedules and updates.

GUIDE: Cinematheque Centre Manila in February 2016

This February is the month of Philippine National Arts. To celebrate, the Cinematheque Centre Manila has programmed a slew of exciting independent Filipino films.

Cinematheque Centre Manila is located at 55 Kalaw Ave., Ermita, Manila.

Films will be screened under the initiative of The National Film Archive of the Philippines, in partnership with various institutions and film labs that have restored a selection of Filipino classic films.

Cinematheque Centre Manila February 2016 Sched

Here are the films to be screened at Cinematheque Centre Manila. Ticket price is P100 unless indicated otherwise. Cinematheque Centre Membership card holders are entitled to a 50% discount.

48 Oras

Gerardo de Leon’s 48 Oras is a noir thriller revolving around a man wrongly accused of the murder of his wife and mother. The title of the film refers to the protagonist’s race against time to catch the real perpetrators.

Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag

Lino Brocka’s Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag is another restoration by FDCP. The cult classic follows a provincial boy in search of his provincial sweetheart. Brocka explores the themes of poverty and crime in the seedy underbelly of Manila.

A Portrait of an Artist as Filipino

Lamberto Avellana’s A Portrait of an Artist as Filipino is a film based on the highly acclaimed play written by Nick Joaquin. Set in the months before World War II, the film highlights the relationship between a reclusive painter and his grown children as they feel the onset of war.

Another set of films come from the Sineng Pambansa Film Festival All Masters Edition 2013.

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Ano Ang Kulay ng MGA Nakalimutang Pangarap?

Ano Ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?, by Jose Javier Reyes, follows a loyal household helper whose employment hangs in the balance after the death of the family matriarch.

Bamboo Flowers

Bamboo Flowers by Maryo J. de los Reyes weaves a fictional tale about the citizens of Bohol and their reactions when their cultural beliefs are threatened.


Lihis, directed by Joel Lamangan, is set during the martial law era where two male NPA soldiers find themselves entangled in the battle for democracy and their own romantic relationship.


Elwood Perez’s Otso is about a filmmaker returning to his roots in the Philippines and deciding to make an independent film about his neighbors. He soon discovers the perils of mixing artistic license with life experiences.

The other Filipino films are from the Sineng Pambansa National Unang Yugto, Ikalawang Yugto, and Horror Plus Film Festival.

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Illustrated By (PHP 80)

Levi Pepper Marcelo’s Illustrated By is a full length documentary tracing the involvement of Filipino artists into the US mainstream comic industry. The movie honors local talents who had a hand in some of the most famous comic book characters in the world.


Qiyamah by director Teng Mangansakan tells the story of a small village threatened by the superstition of a coming apocalypse.

Anac Ti Pating

Martin Masadao’s Anac Ti Pating is a coming of age tale about a young boy making friends, finding first love and coming to terms with his family heritage.

Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok (Php 80)

Lauren Sevilla Faustino’s documentary Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok paints a portrait of the Last Traditional Tattoo Artist of Kalinga and her journey as a cultural bearer of the Philippines.


Ed Lejano’s Qwerty is a fictionalized account of a cop who was implicated for a torture video that went viral. The life changing event hits just as he is about to leave the country for better job prospects abroad.


Boy Vinarao’s thriller Bacao is about a young woman’s desperate desire to conceive and the superstitious occurrences surrounding the time of harvest season.

Rounding out the group is a trio of films by master filmmakers.


Chito Rono’s Badil is about the corruption in small town elections.


Mel Chionglo’s Lauriana, a 50s period thriller centered around obsession, abuse and the twisted relationship between a soldier and his wife.


Lastly, Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ Sonata, a charming tale of an unlikely relationship between an aging opera singer and a curious young boy.

Free Admission: Argentine Films

Given the success of the first Argentine Film Festival in 2015, a select number of international films will again be shared with Filipino audiences, in partnership with the Embassy of Argentina. Each film gives viewers a slice of colorful Argentinian culture.

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Dia de Venilo

Gabriel Nesci’s Dia de Venilo is a coming of age film about a group of 30 year old men united by their love of women and vinyl records.

Los Marziano

Ana Katz’s Los Marziano takes a close look at strained relations between siblings as a family reunion draws near.

Manuel Abramovich

The short documentary by Manuel Abramovich entitled La Reina carefully captures the journey of an 11-year-old girl as the adults in her family prepare her to win a local beauty pageant.

La Corporacion

Fabian Forte’s La Corporacion is a dark satire about corporate culture.

The Gold Bug

The Gold Bug, a collaborative effort between Argentinian filmmaker Alex Moguillansky and Swedish auteur Fia-Stina Sandlund, revolves around a crazy road trip and treasure hunt based loosely on Edgar Allan Poe’s story of the same name.

For more information and updates, visit the website of the Film Development Council of the Philippines at or follow the Cinematheque Centre Manila on Facebook.

Cinematheque Centre Manila screens Lav Diaz’s ‘Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon’

In honor of Lav Diaz’s new film being selected for the Main Competition of the Berlin International Film Festival 2016, his previous masterpiece, ‘Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon’ will grace the screens of the Cinematheque Centre Manila every day from January 22 to 31.

READ MORE: Here is the complete schedule of screenings this January at Cinematheque Centre Manila.


Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon (From What Is Before) won the prestigious Golden Leopard for Best Film award at the Locarno Film Festival 2014, as well as, the Grand Festival Prize and Best Ensemble at the World Premieres Film Festival Philippines 2014. The film then went on to win Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Editing at the Gawad Urian Awards 2015.

Cinematheque Centre Manila will be screening Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon every day from January 22 to January 31, 2016. The admission fee for each screening is P200. Cinematheque membership card holders will receive a 50% discount.

The Cinematheque Centre Manila is located at 855 T. M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila. For further news and full screening schedules, please visit the website at