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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:

1. Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha (The Family That Doesn’t Weep) 

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.

2. Ang Guro Kong Hindi Marunong Magbasa (My Teacher Who Doesn’t Know How To Read)

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.

3. Baconaua

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.

4. Bagahe (The Baggage)

Director: Zig Dulay

Starring:Angeli Bayani

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.

Posted by Cinemalaya on Saturday, June 24, 2017

5. Kiko Boksingero (Kiko The Boxer)

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.

6. Nabubulok (The Decaying)

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.

7. Requited

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.

8. Respeto (Respect)

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.

9. Sa Gabing Nanahimik Ang Mga Kuliglig

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.

Posted by Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Meanwhile, here are the 12 films under the short film category:

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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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