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Catch these 10 feature films at Cinemalaya this year

Cinemalaya is one of those annual events that gets film goers excited. Why wouldn’t they be? This festival has launched careers of filmmakers and has given an independent platform for filmmakers including the actors we only see on TV and commercial movies. And for their 15th edition, we can expect a new set of emerging talents molding Filipino cinema.

Here are the trailers of the 10 films you can add to your Cinemalaya watch list.

ANI: The Harvest

 dir. by Kim Zuñiga and Sandro Del Rosario

ANI: THE HARVEST (Cinemalaya 2019 Teaser)

Watch the teaser for the #Cinemalaya2019 entry ANI: THE HARVEST, directed by Kim Zuñiga and Sandro Del Rosario.Runs August 2 to 11 at CCP and in select cinemas."Mithi, a newly orphaned boy moves to a farm to live with his estranged grandfather. When the old man falls ill, Mithi embarks on a quest with his malfunctioning robot search for magical grains that he believes will save his grandfather's life."ANI: THE HARVEST won the Best Film Pitch during the DGPI – FDCP Film Pitch in 2018 and is one of the top projects in the 2018 Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum in Singapore.

Posted by CinemaBravo on Friday, March 1, 2019

Mithi is an orphaned boy who moves to his grandfather’s farm. When his grandfather fell ill, he goes on a journey with his faulty robot in order to find the magical grains that will cure his relative.

Read more: You can buy a discounted Cinemalaya all-access pass from Feb. 1 to 3

Iska dir. by Theodore Boborol

ISKA (Cinemalaya 2019 Teaser)

Watch the teaser for the #Cinemalaya2019 entry ISKA, directed by Theodore Boborol.Runs August 2 to 11 at CCP and in select cinemas."Iska, a loving but impoverished grandmother of an autistic child tragicomically loses everything and turns into someone society reckons her to be."ISKA is the first independent film of Theodore Boborol and stars Ruby Ruiz, playing the titular role.

Posted by CinemaBravo on Friday, March 1, 2019

Set in the campus of UP Diliman, Iska is about an autistic child’s grandmother who has lost everything and turns into what society expects her to be.

Pandanggo Sa Hukay dir. by Sheryl Rose M. Andes

PANDANGGO SA HUKAY (Cinemalaya 2019 Teaser)

Iza Calzado stars in the #Cinemalaya2019 entry PANDANGGO SA HUKAY, directed by Shé Andes.Runs August 2 to 11 at CCP and in select cinemas."Amidst poverty and violence surrounding her, Elena, a young midwife and a single mother keeps a positive outlook in life. The film follows her story as she seeks to work abroad to better her family and prepares for her upcoming job interview."PANDANGGO SA HUKAY is the first full-length feature of Shé Andes as a director.

Posted by CinemaBravo on Friday, March 1, 2019

Elena might be a young, single midwife living in poverty—but the optimist in her never died. In Pandanggo sa Hukay, we’ll see a Iza Calzado’s role on a  journey to become an OFW as she prepares for its nerve-wracking job interview.

Malamaya dir. by Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez

MALAMAYA (Cinemalaya 2019 Teaser)

Watch the teaser for the #Cinemalaya2019 entry MALAMAYA, directed by Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez.Runs August 2 to 11 at CCP and in select cinemas."A story of a pessimistic, uninspired middle-aged artist who finds spark with a millennial photographer who leads her on a path of creative and sexual reawakening."Chavez co-wrote the story with Liberty Trinidad, both are alumni of the Cinemalaya Institute 2016 Screenwriting class.

Posted by CinemaBravo on Friday, March 1, 2019

This film is about a pessimistic middle-aged artist who crosses paths with a young photographer, giving the artist a new creative jolt and a reawakened sexual desire.

Belle Douleur dir. by Joji V. Alonso

BELLE DOULEUR (Cinemalaya 2019 Teaser)

Watch the teaser for the #Cinemalaya2019 entry BELLE DOULEUR, directed by Joji Alonso.Runs August 2 to 11 at CCP and in select cinemas.Led by Mylene Dizon and Kit Thompson, BELLE DOULEUR tells the story of a woman’s journey of finding happiness in complete surrender and sacrifice.This film is the first full-length feature of Joji Alonso, who tried her hand at directing after producing various films in the past.

Posted by CinemaBravo on Friday, March 1, 2019

Starring Mylene Dizon and Kit Thompson, this film follows a woman’s search for bliss and satisfaction through submission and letting things go.

Read more: Hold up, Lino Brocka saw Filipino indie cinema’s rise 32 years ago?

John Denver Trending dir. by Arden Rod Condez

Spent the most amazing two weeks shooting John Denver Trending in Pandan, Antique. Thanks to our team! Sana maulit! 🙂

Posted by Sonny Calvento on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Based on true events, this film explores a moment in time where people’s lives were shaped by social media in the Antique. It’s the story of how a young boy’s life changed after the video of him attacking his classmate became viral. This is the first Cinemalaya entry shot in the town of Pandan, Antique.

Annak Ti Karayan (Children of the River) dir. by Maricel Cariaga

Posted by Annak ti Karayan on Saturday, September 1, 2018

It tells the story of how a young boy and his friends grew up way too fast as they take care of their families without their fathers. With their estranged fathers, they try to live a normal life as they suppress their inner demons along the way.

Ward dir. by Thop Nazareno

WARD by Thop NazarenoScreenplay by Denise O’HaraLife happens wherever it may find us and this is the case for Jojo…

Posted by Cinemalaya on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This coming-of-age film tells a story of Jojo, a young boy forced to live under the hospital bed of an ailing father. The film follows his life as he tries to regain some sort of normalcy in his weird living situation.

Read more: Chai Fonacier on stepping out of her comfort zone for art’s sake

Fucc Bois dir. by Eduardo Roy, Jr

Like and share this page. Tag n'yo mga tropa n'yong Fucc Bois.#Cinemalaya2019

Posted by FUCC BOIS on Saturday, August 25, 2018

No teaser or trailer has been released yet. But if its a film from the director of Pamilya Ordinaryo, we can expect some great things, regardless of the fact that it is literally called “fucc bois.”

Tabon dir. by Xian Lim

#CINEMALAYA2019 Finalist Update: Take a look at some of the behind-the-scenes photos from Tabon, Xian Lim's entry for this year's festival.

Posted by Cinemalaya on Thursday, February 14, 2019

Are you ready for Xian Lim’s directorial debut? It is a rather heavy suspense/crime thriller. The film revolves around a man’s perception of reality becoming distorted as innocent people around him are accused of a crime they took no part of.

Photo from Ani: The Harvest


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