The 10finalists for the 2008 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival(full-length feature category) were chosen recently by the CulturalCenter of the Philippines. These are: 100 by Chris Martinez, 1434456by Emmanuel Dela Cruz, Ang Concerto by Paul Alexander Morales,Antiparang Basag by Edith Asuncion, Baby Angelo by Joel Ruiz and AbiAquino, Brutus by Tara illenberger, My Fake American Accent byOnnah Valera, Huling Pasada by Paul Sta. Ana, Jay by FrancisXavier E. Pasion and Ranchero by Michael Christian Cardoz.
100 is about a stern,uptight and exacting woman with a terminal illness who tries to accomplish alist of 100 things to do before she dies. Her tasks vary from the simple to thecomplicated, from the practical to the mundane, from the ordinary to theextraordinary. In the process, she accepts the truth that even if death issomething personal, dying never is.
1434456 is the story ofRanjeet Singh, also fondly called "Jimmy Paybsiks,"a 49-year oldPunjabi widower. He faces the challenge of finding a more permanent sense ofhome and country for his children who find themselves growing up more and moreassimilated in the Filipino way of life. Set in contemporary Manila, 1434456examines the colorful stories and inevitable struggles of a migrant sectorrarely given a second look or even a thoughtful pause in our society—that ofour Indian neighbors.
Ang Concerto is about how,in the last part of World War II, a special piano concert is held in theforests of Davao. In these boondocks, a displaced Filipino family becomes acquaintedwith a group of Japanese officers, similarly camped nearby. Based on truestories from the director's family, Ang Concerto celebrates a familywhose reverence for life, expressed through their love of music and friendship,can survive even war, and shows how beauty and compassion can grow even in theharshest situations.
Antiparang Basagtellsof one woman's encounter with four octogenarians, who have escaped from a nursing home,and the few hours she spends helping them pursue their quest to fulfill theirsimple wishes in life. The funny and heartwarming situations carry her to seethe different hues of life and death and the value of every moment.
Baby Angelo centers on aninvestigation that ensues when an aborted fetus is found in the dumpster of arun-down apartment complex. The lives of the tenants—a reclusive old man withcurious ramblings, a landlord with overzealous thirst for justice and a youngcouple whose past threatens to unravel their marriage—are suddenly exposed inthe hunt for the perpetrator of the baby's death.
Brutus tells the taleof two Mangyan children, hired by illegal loggers to smuggle wood from themountains of Mindoro, as they embark on a dangerous journey to deliver thegoods to the lowlands. In the process, they discover a world run by the greedof men, a world governed by ideologies that bring about the armed conflict thatplagues the Mindoro highlands, the home of their own people.
My Fake AmericanAccentis a slice-of-life workplace comedy following the lives of technical-supportcall-center agents in the span of six months. Speaking in a fake Americanaccent is a prerequisite for the job. This ensemble comedy is an inside lookinto the maddening, sleep-deprived, caffeine-fuelled lives of those who ply theirtrade in the call-center industry.
Huling Pasada follows thecreative process of Ruby, a prolific writer, abandoned wife and protectivemother. She writes about Mario, a taxi driver and father figure to a streetchild. As she tries to resolve Mario's story, she seeks refuge in herown creative output and the line between reality and fiction is blurred.Mario's past becomes entangled with her own inevitable future.
Jay is the name ofthe two protagonists in the film, one is living, the other dead. The living Jay is producing a documentary ofthe dead Jay, a gay teacher who was brutally killed. As Jay recreates andexamines the life of his subject, his own life is affected when he unravels hissubject's hidden life and secret love.
Ranchero is the story ofconvicts who serve a special role inside the jail: they prepare the mealseveryday. But in a jail where some inmates see no reason to continue living,what is the role of food? Is the food's role to extend life or to prolong thepain of those who don't want to live?
The full-lengthfeature film category finalists were selected from a total of 194 entriessubmitted for the 2008 Cinemalaya. As finalists, they will receive an initialseed investment of P500,000 from Econolink Investments Inc. The finalwinning entry will be given an additional grant of P200,000 plus the CinemalayaBalanghai trophy during the awarding ceremony on July 20 at the CulturalCenter of the Philippines. All the films will be screened during the 2008Cinemalaya Film Festival on July 11 to July 20 at the CCP.
Now on itsfourth year, Cinemalaya is presented by the Cinemalaya Foundation, CulturalCenter of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Film Institute andEconolink Investments Inc. Cinemalaya is an all-digital film competitionaimed at discovering new Filipino filmmakers.
For moreinformation, please call the CCP Film Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1705.