Tired of mainstream Hollywood and Filipino movies? Well fret not.
These 10 entries in the Short Film Category of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, comprising of works from neophyte filmmakers and seasoned award-winning directors, showcase a different approach towards film.
Ryan Joseph Murcia’s “Apasol” talks about two lovers spending their last sunset together wishing on a tree. Also called chasing sun, “Apasol” dwells on relationships and on the cycle of falling in and out of love, just like how the sun rises and sets.
Angelie Mae Macalanda’s “Wawa” focuses on a young boy’s path towards bringing his father to his final resting place. “Wawa” dwells deeply on family tradition and culture that is not normally practiced these days.
Kenneth Dagatan’s “Sanctissima” focuses on a woman’s deep, dark secret involving the abortion procedures she has donewhich is the reason why she prefers to live alone and not share it to others. “Sanctissima” is perfect for those who like to understand the taboo topic of abortion.
Martika Ramirez Escobar’s “Pusong Bato” talks about how an old actress reminisce about her glory days until an earthquake changes all of her dreams.
Darwin Novicio’s “Papetir” talks about a puppeteer talking to his past self and torn on whether he would continue with the conversation or not. “Papetir” is perfect for those who are not comfortable talking about their past lives.
Annemikami Pablo’s “Mater” talks about how an unconditional love between mother and daughter help them escape the thing that binds them together. Aside from themes revolving with family, “Mater” also focuses on the concept of devotion and love.
Petersen Vargas’ “Lisyun Qng Geografia” talks about how a man traces the memories of his best friend in high school before leaving his town for good. Being flashback-oriented, “Lisyun Qng Geografia” gives us a view on how things have changed through the course of time.
Arvin Belarmino’s “Kyel” talks about how a troubled man tries to figure out the cure to his horrors, only to realize that there are consequences with the said cure. “Kyel” gives a peek on how paranoia can affect a person.
Glenmark Doromal’s “Gatilyo ng Baril” focuses on how an investigator talked to two assassins: one who attempted to kill Imelda Marcos, and the alleged killer of Ninoy Aquino. Being close to reality, “Gatilyo ng Baril” aims to showcase a what-if scenario that could possibly alter Philippine history.
Rommel Tolentino’s “Nenok” focuses on the life of a street kid who explores the historic Barasoain church in Malolos, Bulacan as his temporary place for everything, from being a home to causing trouble.
Get to watch their works during Cinemalaya week, from August 8 to 15.