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The Typist PH Guide to CinemaOne Originals Film Festival 2017

by | Nov 8, 2017 | Uncategorized

CinemaOne Originals is launching its 13th iteration with the tagline “walang takot”, indeed an apt theme that surmises the lineup of films this year and what the festival as a whole is about. From the press release:

“Walang Takot also exemplifies not only the way the festival is embracing the changing face and attitudes of cinema, from the paradigm shifts when it comes to new ways of watching films to the influx of a diverse new audience, with a deeper sense of cinematic history and new cinematic modes, but also the way it endeavors to ride the changes by closing the gaps, striving for a cinematic experience that allows for the coexistence of old and new platforms and the convergence of old and new audiences, where past and future cinema occupy the same evolutionary continuum, looking back by moving forward.”

The CinemaOne Originals Film Festival 2017 runs from November 13th thru 21st at the following malls: Trinoma; Glorietta; Gateway; UP Cine Adarna; Cinema 76; and Cinematheque Centre Manila. There’s also an extended run that happens from November 22nd thru 28th at Power Plant Mall in partnership with Black Maria Cinema.

In this festival guide, you’ll be able to find trailers, synopses, screening schedules, and everything related to the upcoming film festival. 

Documentary Films

Two searing documentaries make up the Documentary section of this year’s C1 Originals.

Bundok Banahaw by Dempster Samarista is an exploration of the titular mystical mountain, using secret histories and sacred knowledge as a way of piecing together our cultural psyche.

Haunted: A Last Visit to the Red House by Phy Grande focuses on the atrocities visited by Japanese soldiers on comfort women during World War II, a horrendous collective memory that remains eerily relevant and refuses to be forgotten.

Narrative Films

Seven narrative features compete for the coveted prizes offered by CinemaOne by festival’s end. Two returning alumni, two debut filmmakers, two sophomore films, and more make up the section.

Paki by Giancarlo Abrahan follows an 80-year-old woman whose children tries to stop her from leaving her husband of sixty years to live the rest of her days out as an old maid.

Nervous Translation, directed by Shireen Seno, is about a shy girl who discovers a pen that can translate the thoughts and feelings of people when they get nervous.

Historiographika Errata is the return of C1 Originals alum, Richard Somes. It is described as “an elaborate historical mosaic that attempts to figure out why we are what we are, throwing in the mix a suicidal Rizal, a cross-dressing Bonifacio and the widow who becomes the first Makapili”.

Dan Villegas’ Changing Partners is a bittersweet exploration of a relationship coming apart as the huge age gap between two lovers starts to take its toll.

Kip Oebanda’s sophomore feature is called Nay, an aswang film about a man suffering from a terminal disease who uncovers a dark family secret.

Si Chedeng At Si Apple, from Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red, is about two old girlfriends who become accidental criminals and embark on a road trip with a severed head in a fake Louis Vuitton bag.

Joseph Teoxon’s Throwback Today trails a disgruntled young man at the end of his rope who stumbles on an impossible way to rewrite his own history.

World Cinema

This year’s World Cinema section is full to the brim of incredible international titles. I’m personally most excited about the new Ozon, L’Amant Double, the new Kurosawa, Before We Vanish, and the new Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name. The festival programmers also saw to it that Spielberg fans got a nice treat thru a 4K restoration of the seminal science-fiction classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Here’s the full list of films that will screen during the fest.

Robin Campillo’s Beats Per Minute

Claire Denis’ Let The Sun Shine In

Francois Ozon’s L’Amant Double

Ildiko Enyedi’s On Body And Soul

Joachitn Trier’s Thelma

Hirokazu Koreeda’s The Third Murder

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Before We Vanish

Sebastian Leilo’s A Fantastic Woman

Amit Masurkar’s Newton

Lucrecia Martel’s Zama

The Safdie Brothers’ Good Time

Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country

Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name

Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounter with the Fourth Kind (4K Restoration)

Restored Classics

The restored classics to be showcased this year are the following:

  • Marilou Diaz Abaya’s Moral
  • Jeffrey Sonora’s Asedillo
  • Celso Ad Castillo’s Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw
  • Danny Zialcita’s Langis At Tubig
  • Danny Zialcita’s Karma
  • Marilou Diaz Abaya’s Karnal
  • Lino Brocka’s Cain at Abel

Special Screening

C1 Originals is hosting a special screening of the Ishmael Bernal doc, Ishma, alongside the launch of the new Ishmael Bernal book, ProBernal Anti Bio, written by Bernal himself with Jorge Ayago and Angela Stuart-Santiago.

Opening Film

Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the darkly comic drama to launch the festival. In it, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

Closing Film

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ biographical dramedy starring Emma stone and Steve Carell wraps up the 13th edition of the C1 Originals Film Festival. It tells the story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Screening Schedules 

Here are the screening schedules for the 2017 CinemaOne Originals Film Festival. It’s worth mentioning that festival schedules often change (even without prior notice) and it’s always best to hook yourselves to the fest’s social for real-time updates. Find C1Origs on Facebook and on Twitter.


Screening schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

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Armando Dela Cruz

Friendly neighborhood nerdboy, at your service. Follow me on Twitter: @armanddc.

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