QCINEMA 2016: Eight Films We Are Excited To See
The 2016 QCinema International Film Festival screenings will be held at Robinsons Galleria, Trinoma, Gateway Cinemas, and UP Town Center starting October 13. We, at the DLIST.PH, cannot contain our excitement with some of the films lined up this year. Last year’s QCINEMA programming was a huge success and much-talked about by the film community for their amazing selections – we can only expect as much for a better edition.
Here are some of the films that we are raring to see:
Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
Inspired by the filmmakers’ fascination with the folkloric monster famed for its ability to severe its lower body in order to fly and wreak havoc in the barrios – the Manananggal is once again in the city – this time, to fall in love. We are most excited to see this film, stirred by the sterling promise of the team of Prime Cruz and Jen Chuansu of last year’s millennial antiromcom indie fare, Sleepless – which is our choice for Best Filipino Film last year.
Patay Na si Hesus
A Cebuano road film about the journey of a dysfunctional yet interesting family, headed by a matriarch played by Cannes Best Actress winner Jaclyn Jose. They are on their way to attend the wake/funeral of the estranged man of the house – Hesus. Written by Patrick Tabada and directed by Victor K. Villanueva, Patay Na si Hesus was originally entitled, Libing Things.
Based on the true story of a community in Pampanga where most of its inhabitants are sex workers, ages young and old. Louie Ignacio is one of our favorite indie filmmakers who originated from television. Based on the trailer, and the crisp and moody cinematography of Rain Yamson, we can’t wait to see this film which has recently won a special jury prize at the prestigious Eurasia International Film Festival in Kazakhstan.
Directed by multi-awarded independent filmmaker Derick Cabrido, it narrates the tale of a man killed by the police after he was caught stealing. His death motioned the complexities of the interconnected world of a gambling lord, a policeman, a funeral parlor owner, and her two helpers.
Originally a short film starring Nora Aunor, Hinulid is about a grieving mother out to scatter her son’s ashes in old town Camarines Sur. Hinulid is directed by Palanca winner Kristian Sendon Cordero.
Laurice Guillen’s Kasal? is one of 1980’s best reviewed films, championed by the then controversial film critic Isagani Cruz. The film, seemingly ahead of its time for employing real-time narrative, is about the contemplation of about-to-be-married couple on whether entering a permanent domestic contractual partnership is the best decision.
Currently rated 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, Spa Night is about a closeted Korean-American teenager who assumes the position of a manager in his family-owned spa. The film premiered to a thunderous applause at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Another Cannes Film Festival entry, Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden is an erotic psychological thriller that tells the story of the affair between an heiress and her maid in 1930s Korea.
Here is the complete list of entries and screening schedule (Click to enlarge image)