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During the awards night of Cinemalaya 2012 last Sunday night, one small indie film stood high and mighty after winning most of the major awards in the New Breed Category. “Diablo” was declared Best Picture (New Breed), Best Director (New Breed) for Mes de Guzman, Best Actress (New Breed) for Ama Quiambao, and Best Cinematography (New Breed) for Tristan Salas.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
Every night, Nana Lusing (Ama Quiambao) lies on her bed sleepless because she sees a dark figure looming in her room. Who is this shadow? Is this the devil? Her late husband? A manifestation of her anxieties? Or simply a figment of her imagination?
I love come-from-behind victories, especially when it comes to film festivals. Honestly, I never took instant interest in “Diablo” (blame it on the stronger come-ons of the other movies) up until it won big-time. Hopefully, this would help extend its exhibition (even in just one multiplex screen) together with the other awardees of Cinemalaya 2012. 😉
“Diablo” is co-produced by Cinemalaya, Sampaybakod, Cinelarga and Colorista. It stars Ama Quiambao, Carlo Aquino, Roeder Camanag and Arnold Reyes. Mes de Guzman is the director from a script he himself wrote.
In the ongoing Cinemalaya 2012, one movie that stands out for me is Marie Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala” (What Isn’t There). The movie stars Dawn Zulueta, Marc Abaya, Boboy Garrovillo, Mercedes Cabral, Sabrina Man and twin brothers Dominic and Felix Roco. Here’s the plot just to give you an idea:
Gibson Bonifacio stopped speaking when he was a child. Now twenty years old, he returns home to Manila from his studies abroad, his first visit in three years. He finds his family trying to keep it together, his mother still hurting from a tragic loss in the past. Against the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend tries to reconnect with him, while he unexpectedly finds a chance at a first, real romantic relationship. Amidst the holidays, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationships with his family, his friends, and with himself.
Featuring songs of Sandwich, Pedicab, Itchyworms, Tarsius, Outerhope and other bands, “Ang Nawawala” sounds like a typical dysfunctional family drama. But this looks like one that can offer more. I’ll definitely find time for it.
You can still catch weekend screenings of the movie at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma Cinemas. Check out the remaining screening times HERE.
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In my continuing support of the Filipino indie film, I am featuring one movie that intrigued me after watching the trailer. “Aparisyon” (Apparition) is a finalist in the New Breed category of 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.
I’ve always had this fascination with the life of cloistered nuns. I grew up spending four years of my life inside a seminary in Bulacan where a small portion of the property housed a monastery with around 20 of the contemplative discipline residing. It’s as if one has committed a sin should an attempt to speak with them be made. In fact, the only instances when I got to see their faces was through steel bars on the sacristy side whenever I visited their chapel during an annual holy feast in honor of a specific saint significant to their order. And I always have had nagging questions in my mind about their daily existence – all left unanswered up until my last day as a seminarian (I lost my vocation during senior year) .
Jodi Sta. Maria stars as a young nun who experienced an act of violence in “Aparisyon”
Set in the early 70s, “Aparisyon
” is a psychological drama that follows a group of conservative nuns in the Philippine hinterlands in the months leading to the 1972 declaration of Martial Law by former President Ferdinand Marcos. The moral dilemma arises when one of the young nuns fall prey to an act of violence. Directed by US-based Filipino director Vincent Sandoval, this is his second full-length feature after last year’s “Senorita
” which was exhibited in several film festivals in the US and Europe.
“Aparisyon” stars Mylene Dizon, Jodi Sta. Maria, Raquel Villavicencio and Fides Cuyugan-Asensio. It will have its red-carpet premiere at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on July 26, at 6:15 PM. Click on the several links above to signify your support for the movie. If you are unable to attend this event, then catch it during the festival’s regular run from July 20-29.