The University of the Philippines Film Institute will screen Mes de Guzman’s Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong—one of the few indie gems that ushered in the new digital era for Philippine cinema.
From Sampay Bakod Productions, the multi-awarded digital feature screens on four consecutive Fridays this June beginning June 8 until June 29 at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. to constitute a fitting highlight for UP Film Institute’s school opening special all throughout the month. It tells the poignant story of sibling kids on their daily routine of crossing steep and slippery mountains and traversing long winding roads to attend a village school.
Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong won Special Mention for Best New Director at 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain; Best Digital Picture at the 2006 Golden Screen Awards of the Entertainment Press Society; Best Director at the 2006 Urian Awards of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino and the 2nd Best Picture at the 1st Digital Lokal Competition of the Cinemanila International Film Festival in 2005 among numerous awards and distinctions.
Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong (The Road to Kalimugtong)
Digital Feature from Sampay Bakod Productions (2005, 89 minutes)
Studying for Jinky, Len-len and Potpot is like a pilgrimage to Calvary. They literally had to cross mountains and traverse long, winding roads to reach their campus from where they live, in Sitio Kalimugtong, a barrio situated 15 kilometers away. Everyday they, they would be up before sunrise and at four start off to trek the steep and slippery path by the mountainside still blanketed by mist and fog.
In their faded sweaters, they would gait down cliffs, cross treacherous rivers, and climb slick hills until they reach their destination. Such is their determination and faith in the value of education that not even a downpour could dampen their spirit. When there’s rain, they would simply gather giant leaves of the gabi plant to serve as their cover.
Apart from the three main characters, the film also shows the distressing lives of other students such as the one who got involved and died in an encounter between the rebels and the military, those planting vegetables in the cold and steep mountains, if only to underscore the sluggishness of progress in the countryside.
Special Mention for Best New Director-2006 San Sebastian Film Festival; Official Selection-2006 Amiens International Film Festival; Official Selection-2006 Rome Asiatica Film Mediale; Best Digital Picture-2006 Golden Screen Awards; Best Director-2006 Urian Awards; 2nd Best Picture-1st Digital Lokal Competition, 2005 Cinemanila International Film Festival among numerous awards and distinctions.
Direction and Screenplay: Mes de Guzman.
Cast: Analyn Bangsi-il, Rhenuel Ordoño, Hallen Sumingwa, Jay Bassig, Joey Almoete.
Screening schedule: June 8 - June 29 (2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.)
Venue: UP Film Institute, Magsaysay and Osmeña Avenues, UP Diliman, Quezon City