It’s that time of the year again! The official entries for the Cinemalaya 2017 announced last year were officially presented on Thursday, July 13.
For its 13th year, the Cinemalaya selection committee has chosen 9 incredible films for the much-awaited independent film festival. Here are the entries for the full length category:
Director: Mes de Guzman
Starring: Sharon Cuneta
Synopsis (via CCP): Cora searches for the “the family that doesn’t weep,” which people believe has the superpower to bring back lost loved ones. Utilizing all her resources, time and wealth, Cora is desperate to complete her broken family at all costs.
Director: Perry Escaño
Starring: Alfred Vargas, Mon Confiado, James Blanco, Miggs Cuaderno, Micko Laurente, Marc Justin Alvarez
Synopsis (via CCP): Set in a barrio in southwestern Mindanao, the film tells about a young farmer who became the educator in their community even though he is illiterate. One day, he heads to the city and fails to return. His students then decide to join a rebel organization and learn to become skilled warriors.
Director: Joseph Israel Laban
Starring: Elora Españo, Teri Malvar, JM Salvado, Bembol Roco
Synopsis (via CCP): In a sleepy island village in Southern Tagalog lives a young lass, Divina, who mulls whether to have her father officially declared dead after missing at sea three months ago amidst the mysticism and realities happening around her.
Director: Zig Dulay
Synopsis (via CCP): Bagahe explores the life of an OFW, named Mercy, who is suspected of abandoning a newborn child in a trash bin of an airplane toilet. The film shows what happens to her while being investigated.
Director: Thop Nazareno
Starring: Noel Comia Jr., Yul Servo
Synopsis (via CCP): After the death of his mother, an 11-year-old boy was left alone with his nanny Diday and tries to reconnect with his estranged father George, a has-been boxer. Filling the gap of the time lost, the father and son bonds through their shared love for boxing.
Director: Sonny Calvento
Starring: Gina Alajar, JC Santos, Billy Ray Galleon
Synopsis (via CCP): Luna went missing. Jason Harper, her American husband, is suspected of killing her. As Jason intends to leave the country, circumstances conspire to avert his plan.
Director: Nerissa Picadizo
Starring: Jake Cuenca, Anna Luna
Synopsis (via CCP): Suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, Matt journeys to fulfill his ultimate goal of biking all the way from Manila to Mt. Pinatubo, while defying nature and encountering the woman he wants to be with along the way.
Director: Alberto Monteras II
Starring: Abra, Loonie
Synopsis (via CCP): Amidst the violence and poverty happening around him, Hendrix dreams of becoming a rapper. But he needs to find the right words to penetrate the hiphop world through the help of seasoned poet Doc.
Director: Iar Lionel B. Arondaing
Starring: Angel Aquino, Jake Macapagal
Synopsis (via CCP): Father Romi and altar boy Nonoy find themselves in a predicament after Magda confesses that she has committed murder after she found out that her husband and her friend have an adulterous relationship. Torn between following the Seal of the Confessional and finding a way to deliver justice, the two carry the weight of Magda’s sins.
Meanwhile, here are the 12 films under the short film category:
The 13th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will be held on August 4 to 13, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Check out CCP’s Facebook page and Cinemalaya’s website for more details.
Photos from CCP
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