QCinema recently revealed the eight films for its “Circle Competition” which will be shown alongside the rest of the program from Oct 19 to 28.
The filmmakers of them eight movies will individually receive P1 million worth of production grant, as well as retain the rights to the films they will be creating.
Below is the lineup:
1. Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 (The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931). Christopher Gozum’s movie is a unique retelling of the story of rebel leader Pedro Calosa and the Tayug Colorum Uprising in Pangasinan from three angles. His return to his hometown, which is told as a silent movie, as an aging supremo, accompanied by historians as he searched for a sacred cave, and a docu-style story telling focusing on a filmmaker doing interviews about the 1931 uprising to prepare for a film about Calosa. A little meta, and very post-modern.
2. Dormitoryo. This is Emerson Reyes’ second movie and it focuses on the lives of eight individuals, who spend the evening in their own personal galaxies, talking about collective experiences, but sharing a similar fate.
3. Gugu. Indie personality Khavn dela Cruz has teamed up with Jerry Gracio and Achinette Villamor to work on the movie, set in 1901 Balangiga. It follows the life of 11-year-old Kulas who, together with his grandfather and their carabao, flees their town to try and escape General Smith’s Kill and Burn order.
4. Hubog Ng Langit. Filmmaker Lawrence Fajardo has worked with writer Lilit Reyes to tell the story of an idealistic priest who attempts to shape the morals of a town and tries to transform a chaste but warped fanatic, whose sensuality is awakened with her craft.
5. Medusae. This is Pam Miras’ second feature as a writer and director. It’s a playful narrative about a documentarist’s son who goes missing while the documentarist films a story on…disappearances of firstborns on a remote island. She then starts a search, which reveals the presence of a cult and an abductor who looks like her, whom her son claims to be his real mother! Freaky, no?
6. Neomanila. Mikahil Red’s second film is something we are all familiar with: The infamous drug war. Teenage orphan Toto is recruited by a notorious death squad, whose leader Irma becoming something of a mother figure to the boy.
7. The Chanters. In a remote tribe, the dying tradition of chanting is kept alive by an old chanter and his son. When the chanter dies, the tradition is threatened. This is director James Robin Mayo’s first feature and he collaborates with Andrian Legaspi and Ana Puod.
8. The Write Moment. A story about a heartbroken scriptwriter, who tries to get back with an ex through his romantic hugot script. When that doesn’t happen, the writer finds himself living the scenes he wrote. This is the Dominic Lim’s first movie.