Pelikula@TitusBrandsmais a free monthly film screening that features fine samples of world cinema. After every screening, film enthusiasts can discuss the aesthetic and technical merits of each film. This monthly screening is an offering of the Titus Brandsma Center-Media Program under the auspices of the Carmelites in the Philippines. It aims to share with film enthusiasts a meaningful experience.
The core group of Pelikula@TitusBrandsma selects three films that correspond to a specific theme for each month. For the month of September, the chosen theme is "Minsan Lang Sila Naging Bata."
This month's screening will be held on September 29, 2007 from 1 p.m. onwards at the Titus Brandsma Center in New Manila, Quezon City.
Pelikula@TitusBrandsma:Minsan Lang Sila Naging Bata
Fateless(Sorstalanság) (2005- Hungary/Germany/ UK)
Director: Lajos Koltai
140 mins. In Hungarian /English /German with English subtitles
Cast: Marcell Nagy, Béla Dóra, Bálint Péntek, and Áron Dimény
Fateless tells the unforgettable story of a child who had the courage to come home.
Set in 1944, as Hitler's Final Solution becomes policy throughout Europe, Fateless is the semi-autobiographic tale of a 14-year-old Jewish boy from Budapest, who finds himself swept up by cataclysmic events beyond his comprehension.
The boy is a perfectly normal urban teenager who has never felt particularly connected to his religion. He is suddenly separated from his family in the hurried, random deportation of his city's large Jewish population. Brought to a concentration camp, his existence becomes a surreal adventure in adversity and adaptation, and he is never quite sure if he is the victim of his captors, or of an absurd destiny that metes out salvation and suffering arbitrarily.
When he returns home after the liberation, he misses the sense of community he experienced in the camps, feeling alienated from both his Christian neighbors who had turned a blind eye to his fate, and the Jewish family friends who avoided deportation and who now want to put the war behind them.
Sa Kambas ng Lipunan (In Society's Canvas)
Director: Joey Velasco
19 mins. In Tagalog with English subtitles.
Inspirational words from Joey Velasco, the artist of Hapag ng Pag-asa (Table of Hope). When these children are forgetten, each day becomes their last supper...
Joselito "Joey" Salvador Alvir Velasco is a 39-year old Filipino entrepreneur. He would not outrightly call himself a painter and a sculptor, much less an author. But he breaks into an impish grin when he calls himself a "heartist."
Water (2005- Canada/India)
Director: Deepa Mehta
114 mins. In Hindi with English subtitles
Cast: Eric Seema, Raghubir Yadav, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, and Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari
Extremist groups waged a campaign of death threats, arson and riots to stop the production of this controversial film, but director Deepa Mehta would not be silenced. Set against Gandhi's rise to power, Water tells the profoundly moving story of Chuyia, an Indian girl married and widowed at eight years old, who is sent away to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia's feisty presence deeply affects the other residents, forcing each to confront their faith and society's prejudices.
The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002 - South Korea)
Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
80 mins. In Korean with English subtitles
Cast: Eul-boon Kim, Seung-ho Yu, Hyo-hee Dong, and Eun-kyung Yim
Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his old-fashioned grandmother and his new rural surroundings. Disrespectful and selfish, Sang-woo lashes out in anger, perceiving that he has been abandoned. He trades his grandmother' s only treasure for a video game; he throws his food and he throws tantrums. When Sang-woo's mother finds work and finally returns for him, Sang-woo has become a different boy. Through his grandmother' s boundless patience and devotion, he learns to embrace empathy, humility, and the importance of family.
Date: September 29, 2007, 1 pm onwards
Venue: Titus Brandsma Center, 24 Acacia St., Brgy. Mariana, New Manila, Quezon City