Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino returns to SM Cinemas from September 13-19, 2019 to shine the spotlight on quality indie Filipino movies with the theme Pamilya. Pagkakaibigan. Pag Ibig. Organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with the theaters, and public and private partners, this year’s event explores the core values that drive Pinoys to go the extra mile.
Its been a big year for Cinemalaya 2019 and this year’s winners reflect not only artistry and talent but also a sign of the times. The Philippines’ most prestigious film festival feted the best of best during last night’s awards ceremonies and crowned John Denver Trending, a film about a young boy who fell victim to bullying because of a viral video as the Best Full Length Feature among the 10 entries.
Director Theodore Boborol and Firestarters Production really made an impact with ISKA. It involves audiences in an an emotional journey and makes them feel like helpless bystanders as a series of injustice is paraded in front of their eyes. The film was a challenge to the audience, indeed.
I was prepared for a coming of age drama when I entered the screening of writer director Maricel Cariaga’s Children of the River. However, I was caught off guard by the myriad of emotions that […]
With all of the films in competition in Cinemalaya 2019, director Thop Nazareno’s Edward is surely among the best. How a film set in the depressing backdrop of a Philippine public hospital can be whimsical, […]
Hello cinephiles! There’s still a couple of days left until Cinemalaya 2019 closes but don’t despair. In addition to CCP and Ayala Cinemas, selected Vista Malls will also feature Cinemalaya films, making these films more […]
All in all, Pandanggo sa Hukay was a spot-on depiction the real evil — people who prey on the weak for personal gain. A system that fails to bring them to justice, just because they have become a normal part of the societal structure. And the fact that what happened to Elena could happen to anyone is a nightmare that one would not wish on one’s worst enemy. Tragic.
In this sense, Belle Douleur manages to hook audiences into its main message. Love wasn’t perfect. And sometimes, you have to have the courage to make sacrifices for the one you love. Belle Douleur was a beautiful journey, and it was, true to its title, a beautiful pain.
All in all, I loved One Step not because I was a fan of Sandara but because everybody did their best to turn up solid performances for acting and music. It’s a low budget indie but it’s a quality film that inspires the good vibes and goosebumps just because of its positive message. While it was marketed as the Korean version of Begin Again, it stood out on its own because of the excellent direction of Juhn Jai Hong. Great job, team!
I love how Patay na si Hesus toyed with my emotions for the film’s entire run. Just when I was feeling like a tear was about to fall, something hilarious happens and vice versa. It’s a unique gem of indie cinema because it was obvious that writers Raymond Lee and Fatrick Tabada, as well as director Victor Villanueva, put a lot of thought and effort into creating a quality film that relates to the audience on a personal level and tugs at the heartstrings like this one.