|2010 New York Filipino Film Festival|
2010 NY FILIPINO FILM FESTIVAL
LIST OF FESTIVAL FILMS / PRODUCERS’ CLUB THEATER/ 358 West 44 Street between 8th & 9th Ave .
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ANG TATAY KONG NANAY (My Father Is My Mother) / 116 minutes / 1979 / 4-hankie drama
Directed by Lino Brocka / Written by Orlando Nadres / Production Design by Fiel Zabat
Starring Dolphy, Philip Salvador, Nino Muhlach, Marissa Delgado
The world of Coring, a gay beautician (Dolphy), gets turned upside down when his companion Dennis (Philip Salvador) leaves him for Mariana, a bar hostess. One year later, Dennis reappears at Coring’s doorstep to deposit a baby boy, presumably his and Mariana’s lovechild. As Dennis joins the US Navy, Coring resorts to living a dual life, trying to be a good role model as a father to Nonoy (Nino Muhlach). Years later, Mariana comes into good fortune and fights to take Nonoy away, when the boy is already attached to Coring, who’s his mother and father.
Considered a landmark movie for its sympathetic portrayal of gay men, the film won Dolphy nominations for the Best Actor award from almost all award-giving bodies. Winner, FAMAS Best child actor, Nino Muhlach. Without question, Dolphy’s finest dramatic performance of his entire career.”-Noel Vera, film critic
Saturday, June 12, 8:15 – 10:15pm
ATAUL FOR RENT (Casket for Rent) / 94 minutes / 2007 / dramedy satire
Directed by Neal Tan / Written by Anthony Gedang and Neal Tan
Starring Joel Torre, Jaclyn Jose, Coco Martin, Ronnie Lazaro, Irma Adlawan, Ramon Zamora, Pen Medina
This compelling film is a social satire depicting the lives of the slum dwellers of “Kalyehong Walang Lagusan,” a very narrow, congested, miserable alley/compound in a typical squatters’ area. The narrative is told through the eyes of the neighborhood bum, Batul, whose pure heart and innocence witnesses the daily drama and dead-end lives unfolding within the impoverished alley. Winner, FAP award, Best Cinematography / Winner, FAMAS, Best Story, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress to Irma Adlawan.
Friday, June 18, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Sunday, June 20, 4:00 - 5:45pm
BABY ANGELO / 88 minutes / 2008 / mystery drama
Directed by Joel Ruiz / Written by Abi Aquino and Joel Ruiz
Starring Mark Gil, Katherine Luna, Alcris Galura, Dante Balaois, Archie Alemania
The discovery of a dead fetus inside the dumpster shakes the quiet existence of the dwellers in Genevieve Homes, a modest apartment complex located in the heart of Manila that offers all the strange comforts of home. More than its old-world appeal, Genevieve Homes’ real treasures are its tenants, some of whom have lived in the complex for what seems like forever. Altmanesque in style, this fascinating film turns into a tense-filled investigation of the mystery of the dead fetus, while allowing us a peek into the intertwined lives of its already-troubled residents.
2008 Finalist, Cinemalaya / Winner, Cinemalaya, Best Production Design / Urian nominations, Best Production Design and Best Supporting Actor to Archie Alemania.
Monday, June 14, 5:15-7:15pm
Wednesday, June 16, 5:00 - 7:00pm
THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS / 100 minutes / 2006 / drama
Directed by Auraeus Solito / Written by Michiko Yamamoto / Produced by Raymond Lee
Starring Nathan Lopez, JR Valentin, Soliman Cruz
Can a 12-year old lad who wishes he were a girl navigate the mean streets of Manila? Maxi cooks, cleans, and sews for his father and older brothers who are petty criminals. He's sweet, clever and hardworking, at ease with being gay, pinning a flower in his hair, swinging his hips when he walks, vamping with friends. He's seen adults hug and kiss and he's watched romantic movies, so on the verge of puberty, he develops a crush on Victor, a kindly young cop. Maxi's heart and loyalties are on a collision course: Victor is investigating crimes that lead him to Maxi's family. In the land of the morning, is there a place for this child of the sun returning?
One of the most acclaimed and multi-awarded Filipino films ever. Winner, Netpac Jury Prize, 2008 ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL / Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Section, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL / Winner, Teddy Award and Crystal Bear Prize, Jury Prize, BERLINALE FILMFEST 2006 / Official Selection, New Directors-New Films, NYC/ Winner, Best Picture, URIAN AWARDS / and 10 other international awards.
Tuesday, June 15, 9:15 - 11:00pm
BONA / 85 minutes / 1980 / drama
Directed by Lino Brocka / Written by Cenen Ramones
Starring Nora Aunor, Philip Salvador, Rustica Carpio, Raquel Montesa, Spanky Manikan
Nora Aunor plays Bona, a middle-class schoolgirl who drops out of school and falls in love with a rootless, ageing actor-gigolo Gardo (Philip Salvador). A devoted fan, Bona moves in with the pathetic bum, and begins waiting on him hand and foot like a servant while he pursues and beds other women. Gardo assumes he can dump the girl when he's tired of her and easily move on. But meek little Bona responds to this cavalier treatment with hell-hath-no-fury violence. WINNER, Best Actress - Nora Aunor, FAMAS and URIAN AWARDS 1981.
Saturday, June 19, 2:00 - 4:30pm , with short SUPERFAN
CONCERTO / 95 minutes / 2008 / war action-drama
Directed and written by Paul Alexander Morales
Starring Jay Aquitania, Meryll Soriano, Shamaine Buencamino
A lovingly told anti-war drama set in Davao City and based on an autobiographical book (Diary of the War - WWII Memoirs of Lt. Col. Anastacio Campo), the film tells the riveting story of a household seeking refuge in the jungle to escape the bombs of the liberating American planes and the Japanese soldiers encamped nearby. The family takes pride in their family heirloom—a piano that brings so much joy and music to everyone amidst the ugly war. Living in the forest does not sit well with the patriarch of the family, since he experienced torture in the hands of the Japanese. Meanwhile, a clandestine romance blooms between his young daughter and a peace-loving Japanese officer. Can she fight for her love amidst the country’s ensuing chaos and the family’s seemingly endless turmoil?
WINNER, Best Screenplay, GOLDEN SCREEN AWARDS / WINNER, Best Production Design, GOLDEN SCREEN AWARDS/ Nominated, Best Music, URIAN AWARDS / Nominated, Best Screenplay and Best Production Design, FAP AWARDS
Saturday, June 12, 4:30 - 6:15pm
Friday, June 18, 4:45 - 6:45pm
CUL DE SAC (Dead End) / 87 minutes / 2008 / suspense thriller
Written and directed by Miguel Sevilla / Executive Produced by Albert Martinez and Butch Meily
Starring Sam Milby, Chin-Chin Gutierrez, Jodi Sta. Maria, Mae Paner, Bodjie Pascua
In this intriguing noir film, an unnamed call center agent witnesses a murder. He develops an obsession in solving the crime as well as with an enigmatic lounge singer, who may hold the key to the mystery and to his own dark past.
WINNER, Best Film, Cinemabuhay 2008
Friday, June 11, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Sunday, June 13, 12noon - 2:00pm
DED NA SI LOLO (Grandpa Is Dead) / 90 minutes / 2009 / comedy
Directed by Soxie Topacio / written by Soxie Topacio
Starring Roderick Paulate, Elizabeth Oropesa, Gina Alajar, Dick Israel, Perla Bautista
Narrated through the eyes of a child named Bobet, whose mother Charing has an overwhelming reaction upon hearing of the death of her father Juanito, this hilarious, campy film gathers all of Bobet’s relatives to mourn the loss of the patriarch. However, their superstitions about the dead, not to mention the family’s inability to deal with their issues in a civilized fashion, get in the way.
Official Philippine Entry, 2009 ACADEMY AWARD category for Best Foreign Language Film
Saturday, June 12, 12noon - 1:30pm
Sunday, June 13, 2:15 - 3:45pm
IBANG MGA PAMILYA / 2008 / 10 minutes / short
Directed by Joel Ruiz / Written by Joel Ruiz and Tara Sering / Adapted from a short story by Butch Dalisay
Starring Lui Manansala, Paulken Bustillo, Randy Punsal
This short film is about a woman who overcomes the grief of losing her only son.
Monday, June 14, 5:15pm
Wednesday, June 16, 5:00pm
KALELDO (Summer Heat) / 95 minutes / 2006 / drama
Directed by Brillante Mendoza / Written by Brillante Mendoza and Boots Agbayani Pastor
Set in Guagua, Pampanga a decade after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo which ravaged the province with lahar, the film follows the lives of Mang Rudy, a woodcarver, and his three daughters—the fun loving Grace, the feisty Lourdes, the loving lesbian Jess—and their relationships with the people close to them in the span of seven summers. The story unfolds in three segments, with each segment told from the point of view of each of the three daughters. Attached to each segment are social occasions popularly observed in the Philippines, represented by the elements of sun, fire, water, air, blood, moon, and earth. With Rowena’s wedding at the end, a full cycle of life has symbolically and literally transpired.
Winner, Best Actress – Cherry Pie Picache, Durban International Film Festival 2008 / 12 URIAN nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay / 10 FAMAS nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay / Winner, Netpac Jury Prize, Jeonju Film Festival
Friday, June 11, 9:15 - 11:00pm
Thursday, June 17, 3:00 - 4:45pm
KUNDIMAN / 2008 / 20 minutes / short
Directed by Noel Shaw
Starring Agnes ‘Bing’ Magtoto
This short film probes the psyche of Tess, a nurse whose life is fragmented by repressed memories of brutality and torture. Spiritual redemption collides with spiritual disintegration in this highly provocative look at the impact of politics on an individual’s life.
Saturday, June 12, 2:00pm
LAKAD NI SAMMY / 2008 / 10 minutes / short
Directed by Joel Ruiz
This short film catches a day in the life of our protagonist, the 9-year-old Sammy, with his grafter father, Felipe.
A toothache plagues Sammy while his father drags him around the city hustling money. A chance encounter brings forth the truth in the relationship between father and son.
Monday, June 14, 5:15pm
Wednesday, June 16, 5:00pm
ANG LALAKE SA PAROLA (The Man In The Lighthouse) / 80 minutes / 2008 / drama
Directed by Joselito Altarejos / Written by Lex Bonife and Joselito Altarejos
Starring Harry Laurel, Justin de Leon, Jennifer Lee and Allan Paule
A young man’s search for his father becomes a journey in finding one’s true self. Set in Batangas, the coming-of-age story centers on Mateo who meets and befriends Jerome, a sophisticated gay man from the city. Mateo’s conflicted character gradually reveals itself, as seen through his struggle between time-honored, rural myths and his own need to break from conformist traditions.
Nominated, FAP Award, Best Production Design
Sunday, June 13, 9:00 - 10:30pm
Wednesday, June 16, 9:30 - 11:00pm
ANG LIHIM NI ANTONIO (Antonio’s Secret) / 100 minutes / 2007 / drama
Directed by Joselito Altarejos / Written by Lex Bonife and Joselito Altarejos
Starring Kenjie Garcia, Jiro Manio, Josh Ivan Morales, Shamaine Buencamino
A powerful coming-of-age tale of a young boy who grows up without his father, the film portrays how Antonio and his mother struggle to get by, and the bond they share through years of nurturing and companionship. But mainly, the film is about how Antonio grows up knowing he is different, how he ponders on the meaning of his most intimate desires, how he represses them, and how he yearns to finally tell someone but fears the consequences of rejection.
WINNER, Best Actor – Kenjie Garcia, Festival del Sol en Gran Canaria 2008
Saturday, June 12, 10:15 – 12midnite
Sunday, June 20, 8:00 - 9:45
MANORO (The Teacher) / 80 minutes / 2007 / drama
Directed by Brillante Mendoza / Written by Ralston Jover
Starring Jonalyn Ablong
When Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1992, the Aeta tribe in the mountains was resettled in the lowlands of Pampanga, giving the Aeta children such as Jonalyn Ablong (played by herself) the opportunity to study in the town’s public schools. Jonalyn graduates from elementary, expressing her desire to teach her fellow Aetas, especially the elders, to read and write so they could finally exercise their right to vote for the upcoming National Elections of 2004. So Jonalyn proceeds to the Aeta settlement to jumpstart her goal. However, upon reaching the settlement, Jonalyn looks for her grandfather and finds out that he is missing. She treks towards the mountain forest together with her father to search for him. But this does not prevent her from teaching the elders to read and write. Will she be able to find her grandfather and at the same time achieve her goal of making the Aetas exercise their right to vote?
WINNER, Best Picture, Best Director, CINEMANILA FILM FESTIVAL 2006 / WINNER, CinemaAwenire, TORINO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUNG CINEMA 2006 / NOMINATED, 7 URIAN NOMINATIONS, including Best Picture, Best Director
Sunday, June 13, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Friday, June 18, 3:00 - 4:30pm
MUNI-MUNI (Musings) / 2009 / 10 minutes / short
Directed and Written by Clodualdo ‘Doy’ del Mundo Jr.
Starring Sid Lucero
A scriptwriter muses on his unproduced screenplay.
Friday, June 11, 3:00pm
Monday, June 14, 7:30pm
NEXT ATTRACTION / 90 minutes / 2007 / drama
Directed by Raya Martin
Starring Coco Martin, Jaclyn Jose, Paolo Rivero
The film follows a handful of young actors and filmmakers as they work on a short film. The short subject concerns a young man who runs away from home after a quarrel with his mother. He hops on a bus to Manila and loses his virginity, while at home his mother tries to resolve their conflict. But the dividing line between what's part of a narrative and what is real life begins to blur; the narrative of the film being made becomes lost along the way, with the demands of the creative process and the nuts and bolts of shooting a movie taking greater precedence than the story in question.
WINNER, GRAND JURY PRIZE, 2008 CINEMANILA FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, June 11, 5:15 - 6:45pm
Sunday, June 13, 7:30 - 9:00pm
PEPOT ARTISTA (Pepot Superstar) / 110 minutes / 2006 / comedy-musical
Directed and Written by Clodualdo ‘Doy’ del Mundo Jr.
Starring Rio Locsin, Elijah Castillo, Jeffrey Quizon, Lou Veloso and Yoyoy Villame
This comedy-musical focuses on a ten-year-old boy whose dream is to become a movie star. Pepot, the dreamer, is surrounded by people who are equally dazzled by the movie world—from his own mother to the principal in his school to the impersonators in the neighborhood carnival. Coming from a poor family, Pepot overcomes adversity to have a chance at fulfilling his dream. He tackles school bullies, a strict teacher, and an unwelcoming world that fail to comprehend his intense desire to become a star. The story happens in the '70s when superstars brightened the film world in Pepot's country. The film explores the penchant of Filipinos for entertainment in the midst of serious social problems.
WINNER, Best Picture, Best Editing, CINEMALAYA 2005 / WINNER, Best Actor – Elijah Castillo, SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / NOMINEE, Best Suppporting Actress – Joy Soler De Castro, URIAN AWARDS 2005
Friday, June 11, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Monday, June 14, 7:30 - 9:30pm
PLONING / 105 minutes / 2008 / love story-drama
Directed by Dante Nico Garcia
Starring Judy Ann Santos, Joel Torre, Gina Pareno, Mylene Dizon, Ketchup Eusebio
This film is the story of one man’s search for the enigmatic woman, Ploning, who has deeply wounded him in the past. Having grown up in an illegal Taiwanese fishing vessel, Rodrigo, now 30 years old, returns to the beautiful island of Cuyo and is given from sunrise to sunset to look for his Ploning. In his search, he discovers that the woman he adored as a boy is not the woman he thought he knew. While Ploning displayed her maternal love for the 6-year-old Rodrigo, she is shrouded in her mysterious devotion to Tomas, her childhood sweetheart who left her when she was 16. This 30-year-old spinster who has held a special place amongst the people as a dutiful daughter, a devoted friend, a caring sister and a loving maternal figure is slowly unveiled through Rodrigo’s memory, and an emotional meeting with Ploning’s confidante, Seling. Through his search, Ploning is revealed as the island’s most bittersweet source of selfless love.
WINNER, Best Music, and 13 nominations including Best Picture, FAMAS 2009 / Nominated, 7 awards including Best Picture, FAP Awards 2009 / Nominated, 6 categories including Best Actress – Judy Ann Santos, URIAN Awards 2009 / WINNER, Best Cinematography and Best Sound, GOLDEN SCREEN Awards 2009 / WINNER, Best Musical Score, STAR Awards 2009
Wednesday, June 16, 7:15 - 9:15pm
Sunday, June 19, 6:00 - 8:00pm
RELASYON (An Affair) / 100 minutes / 1980 / drama
Directed by Ishmael Bernal
Starring Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon
In a country where the concept of divorce does not exist, much less imagined possible, we find Marilou (Vilma Santos), a planetarium guide who pursues an affair with Emil (Christopher de Leon), a teacher separated from his wife. They seem perfectly matched, and soon move-in together. But their once happy affair turns sour as she slowly discovers the real Emil – a chauvinistic and emotionally abusive man. They soon find themselves in an on-again, off-again relationship, with Marilou going as far as laying a let’s-meet-only-three-times-a-week rule to protect herself. The arrangement is fine until Emil gets sick and needs Marilou by his side. Will her love for Emil see past his shortcomings or will she move on with her life? Only the strength of their relationship can answer this.
WINNER, Best Actress – Vilma Santos, Nominee, Best Actor – Christopher De Leon, FAMAS 1981 / WINNER, Best Actress – Vilma Santos, FAP Awards / WINNER, Best Actress – Vilma Santos, Nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, URIAN AWARDS 1981
Saturday, June 19, 12:00 - 2:00pm
ROTONDA / 95 minutes / 2007 / crime drama
Directed by Ron Bryant
Starring Mark Gil, Meryll Soriano, Celso Ad. Castillo
This story of revolution and transformation, aptly set around a rotonda intersection or a ragged city, follows the path of a marked-one-thousand-peso bill as it transfers from one character to another, returning blood-tainted to its originator in the end.
WINNER, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, CINEMALAYA 2006 / WINNER, Best Actor – Mark Gil, Best Supporting Actress – Meryll Soriano, Nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Supporting Actor – Jeffrey Quizon, URIAN AWARDS 2006 /
Wednesday, June 16, 3:00 - 4:45pm
Sunday, June 20, 12:00 - 1:45pm
SABUNGERO (Cockfighter) / 100 minutes / 2009 / drama
Directed by Miguel Kaimo and Rozie Delgado
Starring Joel Torre, Ricky Davao, Sid Lucero, Robert Arevalo, and Leo Martinez
The film tells the cautionary tale of an ordinary man blessed with the uncanny gift of breeding, raising, and fighting gamecocks. He gets caught up in the gambling part of the sport and loses everything. He has one chance left to prove to himself and his family and friends that he is a winner and not a bum. He tries to turn his life around and attempts to put everything back in order by competing for the World Slasher Cup International Derby. Will he succeed?
Monday, June 14, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Tuesday, June 15, 7:15 - 9:00pm
SAKAY / 120 minutes / 1994 / historical epic
Directed by Raymond Red
Starring Julio Diaz, Tetchie Agbayani
From acclaimed filmmaker Raymond Red comes this story about Macario Sakay, founder of the revolutionary group “Republika ng Katagalugan” (Tagalog Republic), who took up where the Katipuneros left off after the arrest of Emilio Aguinaldo in 1901. Refusing to accept the Yankees’ plan for benevolent assimilation, Sakay (Julio Diaz) became the new leader of the Katipuneros and continued to lead insurgent activities against the Americans until his eventual surrender and execution in 1907.
WINNER, Best Art Direction, Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor – Julio Diaz, Best Director , Best Supporting Actor, FAMAS 1993 / Nominated for 5 URIAN Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress
Saturday, June 12, 2:00 - 4:30pm, with short KUNDIMAN by Noel Shaw
SANGLAAN (Pawnshop) / 95 minutes / 2009 / drama
Directed by Milo Sogueco / Gay Ace Domingo, Audie Gonzales, Jerome Lorico, Milo Sogueco
Starring Ina Feleo, Joem Bascom, Tessie Tomas, Jess Evardone, Neil Ryan Sese, Flor Salanga
This film captures the intertwined stories of five people in a pawnshop, all of whom are conflicted with everyday matters of life. The middle-aged owner is troubled by her aging. The young girl who runs the shop is deeply in love with the seaman who used to be her high school crush, and the security guard becomes a self-sacrificing husband to his ailing, bedridden wife. Trouble starts to stir when a local loan shark competes for the attention of the young girl, unknowingly complicating matters for everyone.
WINNER, Best Actress – Ina Feleo, Best Supporting Actress – Tessie Tomas, CINEMALAYA 2009 /
NOMINATED, Best Actress – Tessie Tomas, URIAN AWARDS 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 3:00 - 4:45pm
Thursday, June 17, 7:00 - 8:45pm
SIKIL (Unspoken Passions) / 110 minutes / 2007 / drama
Directed by Ronald Bertubin / Written by Romualdo Avellanosa
Starring Ken Escudero, Ashley Silverio, Will Sandejas, Ernie Garcia, and Anita Linda
This sensual and poignant film tells the story of two men and a woman who are involved in a bizarre love triangle. These three friends grew up in a small town south of Manila. Enzo is a young male prostitute obsessed with his childhood friend who has a girlfriend and also happens to be an escort. As their relationships evolve and true feelings start to surface, it becomes clear that their unspoken passions will require tremendous self-sacrifice and a good deal of heartache or there is simply no way out.
Monday, June 14, 9:45 - 11:45pm
Friday, June 18, 9:15 - 11:15
SUPERFAN / 2009 / 23 minutes / short
Directed, produced and written by Clodualdo ‘Doy’ del Mundo Jr.
This colorful and vital documentary focuses on Mandy Diaz, a devoted superfan of Nora Aunor, whose adoration of his idol spanned four decades until his death. The docu-drama is a testament of the undying love not only of Diaz but the entire ‘Noranian’ fan base as well.
Saturday, June 19, 2:00pm
TATLONG TAONG WALANG DIYOS (Three Years Without God) / 125 minutes / 1976 / WW II love story-drama
Directed and Written by Mario O’Hara
Starring Nora Aunor, Christopher de Leon, Bembol Roco, Peque Gallaga, Soxy Topacio, Nina Lorenzo
The film, set during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines between 1942 and 1944, tells the story of Rosario (Nora Aunor), a young schoolteacher engaged to be married to Crispin (Bembol Roco). Crispin leaves Rosario to fight the Japanese as a guerilla, and in his absence a Japanese-Filipino officer named Masugi (Christopher de Leon) rapes her. Masugi later returns to Rosario apologizing for his act, bearing gifts of canned food and rice which Rosario at first refuses. Matters get complicated when Rosario's father Mang Andoy (Mario Escudero) is arrested by the Japanese, and Rosario reveals to Masugi that she is pregnant. Rosario must make a choice: accept Masugi's proposal to make her his wife (saving her father and ensuring a safe and stable life for her child), or reject him, and with him the baby they have conceived together.
WINNER, Best Actress – Nora Aunor, URIAN Awards 1977 / NOMINEE, Best Cinematography, URIAN Awards 1977 / WINNER, Best Actress – Nora Aunor, FAMAS 1977 / NOMINEE, Best Picture, Best Director, FAMAS 1977
Saturday, June 12, 6:15 - 8:15pm
TAWAG NG TANGHALAN (The Call of The Stage) / 120 minutes / 1960 / comedy-musical-romance
Directed by Tony Cayado
Starring Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes, Romeo Vasquez, Jose Mari, Juancho Gutierrez, and Panchito
One of the earliest talent-show-based movies produced, this movie eagerly proves that Filipinos really are natural-born performers. Based on the popular talent search contest of the 1960’s, the story of Tawag ng Tanghalan revolves around a large-scale talent search all over the Philippines. Representing these regions, are the various teen stars and idols of the time: the adamant Rock n’ Roll champion from Bicol, Filomena (Amalia Fuentes) and Susan Roces playing the Darling Inday of the Visayas. Juancho Gutierrez, on the other hand, plays the Hari Ng Kundiman (King of Love Songs) from Zamboanga, with Romeo Vazquez playing the “Chicken Bop” King from Luzon, and Jose Mari as the Champion Teenage Screwball. All of them go through an exhaustive audition and despite their competitiveness, manage to become friends – and even find love – in the stressful world of show business. Also featured in this musical comedy are Diomedes Maturan, Carmen Rosales, and the Hi-Fi Twins.
Sunday, June 20, 2:00 - 3:45pm
TULAD NG DATI (Just Like Before) / 105 minutes / 2006 / musical-drama
Directed by Mike Sandejas
Starring Jett Pangan, Agot Isidro, The Dawn
The film follows the current exploits of the Filipino rock band, The Dawn, composed of Teddy Diaz, JB Leonor, Caloy Balcells, and Jett Pangan. In the latter half of the 1980’s, the band had risen to become the most influential musical rock group of the time. At the height of their popularity, their leader, Teddy Diaz is murdered. The remaining members continue on with the music but eventually disband in 1996. In 2003, The Dawn reunites. Then in 2006, nearing his forties, Jett loses his passion for music, entertaining thoughts of retirement. On a fateful night, Jett is assaulted by burglar and goes into a coma. He wakes up with no memory of his life after 1988. He recalls he is 20 years old, at the peak of his career with The Dawn. Not satisfied with how things turned out, he tries to change everything back to the way it used to be. The path he takes while finding his place in this strange new world proves itself to be a tough, emotional, and sometimes hilarious journey.
WINNER, Best Sound, URIAN Award 2007 / NOMINATED, Best Actor – Jett Pangan, Best Music, Best Supporting Actor – Ping Medina, Best Supporting Actress – Agot Isidro, URIAN Awards 2007
Tuesday, June 15, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 17, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Plus new, additional films on the schedule
Ato Bautista's BLACKOUT, Saturday, June 12, 12mn
Adolfo Alix Jr.'s DAYBREAK, Wednesday, June 16, 11pm
Bobby Bonifacio's NUMBALIKDIWA, Friday, June 18, 12mn