The Typist PH Guide to QCinema International Film Festival 2017
QCinema 2017 is upon us. In just a few days from now, Quezon City will play host to hordes of impassioned moviegoers in the fifth iteration of the QCinema International Film Festival. “International”, because the festival is slated to screen some incredible films from abroad, and because it claims—rightly so—to be the launchpad of local films that are internationally recognized.
We made this post as an ultimate, one-page guide to everyone who’s looking to go to the festival and watch the films.
Just some of the films to watch at QCinema International Film Festival. QCinema will take place from October 19 to 28, 2017 at Gateway Mall (Cineplex 10); Robinsons Galleria (Robinsons Movieworld); TriNoma Cinema; and U.P. Town Center Cinema. It will also hold screenings at The Cinematheque Centre Manila from October 24 to 28.#qcinema #qcinema2017Posted by QCinema on Thursday, October 12, 2017
QCinema 2017 will have a handful of sections, including the Circle Competition, QC Shorts, Rainbow QC, Screen International, and Asian New Wave.
8 feature-length films from budding and established filmmakers compete for the festival’s recognition. The slate of films this year is very interesting, but among the ones that interest me most are: Khavn Dela Cruz’s period drama, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness, Mikhail Red’s neo-noir, Neomanila; and Pam Miras’ arresting take on mythic folklore, Medusae.
The full list of films with their respective trailers and synopses follow:
Balangiga: Howling Wilderness
Eight-year-old Kulas flees town with his grandfather and their carabao to escape General Smith’s “Kill & Burn” order. He finds an infant amid a sea of corpses and together, the two boys struggle to survive the American occupation.
Writer: khavn, Jerry Gracio, Achinette Villamor
Director: James Robin M. Mayo
Writer: Andrian Legaspi & John Bedia
Cast: Jally Nae Gibaliga, Romulo Caballero
The Chanters - Teaser
Heto na ang teaser ng comedy-drama na THE CHANTERS, directed by James Robin Mayo."The Chanters is a comedy-drama film about Sarah Mae, a 12 year old school girl, the grand-daughter of the last chanter of the Panay Bukidnon tribe. She obsesses with pop culture and readies herself for the visit of a sensational TV star to her school. As she perfects her dance, her grandfather, Lolo Ramon suffers the onset of dementia. As her Lolo starts losing his precious memories, Sarah Mae is tasked to help him complete the last of the remaining 12 epics, their tribe’s vanishing tradition."Abangan sa QCinema International Film Festival 2017 (Oct 19-28).Posted by SineHub on Monday, October 9, 2017
Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931
A filmmaker revisits the town of Tayug, Pangasinan in preparation for a film she’s making. As she goes deeper into her research, she uncovers the memories of the townspeople about Pedro Calosa and the Tayug Uprising of 1931.
Director: Christopher Gozum
Writer: Christopher Gozum
Cast: Soliman Cruz, Perry Dizon, Fe Ging Ging Hyde
Director: Emerson Reyes
Writer: Emerson Reyes
Cast: Jun Sabayton, Wowie De Guzman, Vandolph Quizon
Dormitoryo - Teaser
Heto na ang teaser ng DORMITORYO (MGA WALANG KATAPUSANG KWARTO) — October 19-28 sa QCinema International Film Festival 2017.Starring Jun Sabayton, Wowie de Guzman, Vandolph Quizon, Kate Alejandrino, Charles Salazar, Max Celada, Sheenly Gener, and Ces Quesada."Synopsis: Charles, an engineering student with an eye for beauty, just returned from school to a dormitory owned by Aling Linda, a strict, lonesome widow. Other occupants of the dorm include Max–now on his 7th year in college, Sheen–his reluctant partner, Steven–a social entrepreneur, Ramon-his cop lover, Alex-a call center agent, and Jenny-his attentive girlfriend. They all spend the evening tucked away in solitary rooms, talking about collective experiences, sharing a similar fate. And rent is due."Posted by SineHub on Sunday, October 8, 2017
Kulay Lila Ang Gabi Na Binudburan Pa Ng Mga Bituin
Wanting to fix their marriage in any way, Aries and Chai sign up for a couples retreat program that gives them three days and two nights to resolve their issues.
Director: Jobin Ballesteros
Writer: Jimmy Flores
Cast: Max Eigenman, Jay Castillo, Raffy Alonso
Kulay Lila ang Gabi na Binudburan Pa ng mga Bituin - Teaser
Heto na ang pasilip sa KULAY LILA ANG GABI NA BINUDBURAN PA NG MGA BITUIN.Ngayong October 19-28 na sa QCinema International Film Festival 2017.Posted by SineHub on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
A documentarist’s son goes missing when she films a story on the disappearances of the firstborns in a remote island. Her search reveals the presence of a cult and an abductor who looks like her, whom her son claims to be his real mother.
Director: Pam Miras
Writer: Pam Miras
Cast: Desiree Del Valle, Carl Palagana
Medusae - Trailer
Heto na ang trailer ng MEDUSAE, directed by Pam Miras. Ngayong Oct 19-28 na sa QCinema International Film Festival 2017."A documentarist’s son goes missing when she films a story on the disappearances of the firstborns in a remote island. Her search reveals the presence of a cult and an abductor who looks like her, whom her son claims to be his real mother."Posted by SineHub on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
A closer look at the violent war on drugs waged in present-day Manila. Toto, a teenage orphan, is recruited by a notorious death squad. Irma, the group’s leader, soon becomes a maternal figure to the young boy. As the two form a familial bond, their loyalties will be put to the test when one of their targets turns out to be a familiar face.
Director: Mikhail Red
Writer: Mikhail Red
Cast: Eula Valdez, Timothy Castillo
The Write Moment
After a heartbroken scriptwriter fails to get back with an old flame through his “romantic-hugot script,” he finds himself living in the scenes he wrote. He’s forced to follow everything verbatim—or else face being stuck in an endless loop of scenes repeating over, and over again.
Director: Dominic Lim
Writer: Dominic Lim
Cast: Jerald Napoles, Valeen Montenegro
Two batches of short films premiere at this year’s QCinema. Each batch contains four shorts. The full list of short films per batch:
Q.C. Shorts (Batch A)
Anyi ‘ti Nagan Mo? (What Is Your Name?)
(2017, dir. Ice Idanan)
The film follows a six-year old girl who gets lost in a cemetery in her parents’ hometown. Despite the language barrier, a local stranger helps her find the way back home.
(2017, dir. Keith Deligero)
Two young girls travel through time to assassinate a barangay dictator to revise history.
Gikan Sa Ngitngit Nga Kinailadman (From The Dark Depths)
(2017, dir. Kiri Dalena)
A spiritual exorcism drives a woman to relive the disappearance of a young activist that took place years ago. But when prodded about the details of the tragedy, she sinks into herself and recreates a story that coalesces memory, delirium, and forgetting.
Kun’ Di Man
(2017, dir. Phyllis Grae Grande)
Ipe and Saring are two blind musicians who sing in MRT Stations. They are in love and inseparable. One day, they get separated when Saring is forced to perform in another station. Ipe takes off to find her but she’s gone.
Q.C. Shorts (Batch B)
(2017, dir. Mike Esteves)
The sensual film follows a writer who was approached by a strange man who claims to be a character in her novel. The man tries to make sense of his situation as they walk along an empty street, but lurking underneath the words are their most violent bodily desires.
(2017, dir. Carl Joseph Papa)
A grieving old man meets a spirited old woman in a search. Together they learn that two halves make one whole.
(2017, dir. Epoy Deyto)
Kiko makes a living uploading pornographic and graphic videos on deep-web. One day, Lily, his contact to the source, asked him to upload a video which origins they do not know of. Ever since he viewed the video, he began feeling as if someone’s watching him.
Si Astri at si Tambulah
(2017, dir. Xeph Suarez)
The story of Astri, a 16-year old transwoman in a relationship with 17-year old Tambulah. The couple subsists on the coins people throw at them when they perform their traditional dance by the sea. Everything seems perfect for the two. But Bajau traditions and a pact made long ago require Astri to marry a woman she hardly knows.
In addition to the feature and short films in competition, QCinema is hosting a handful of film selections that feature some of the world’s best films from today and yesterday.
A section in QCinema’s programming, Rainbow QC pushes forward diverse features in presenting a broad spectrum of LGBT narratives across the world.
(2017, US, dir. Eliza Hittman)
A Brooklyn teenager spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking online for older men to meet with.
(2017, JP, dir. Naoko Ogigami)
Weaves the story of 11-year-old Tomo, her uncle, and his girlfriend, a transwoman. Love and understanding are the threads that bind the three together.
(2016, TH, dir. Palatpol Mingpornpichit)
Portrays the two fathers’ dilemma to decide for their future of their alternative family.
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Here we go! Mga Gabing Kasinghaba Ng Hair Ko's Official Trailer! We are also very proud to announce our European Premiere in Main Competition at the 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival!Posted by Those Long Haired Nights on Sunday, September 17, 2017
Mga Gabing Kasinghaba Ng Hair Ko
(2017, PH, dir. Gerardo Calagui)
A story of three transgenders trying to find love, family and money in the red light district of Manila. Inspired by real people and events.
(2017, dir. US, Jennifer Reeder)
Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.
Tom Of Finland
(2017, FI, dir. Touko Laaksonen)
The film recreates the life and works of Touko Laaksonen, a celebrated gay artist known for his homoerotic iconography.
A collection of edgy and unrated films, “QCinema’s “Before Midnight” section will feature four [stories] guaranteed to shock and titillate festival-goers.”
(2017, US, dir. Trent Haaga)
A punk-rock after hours about femininity, masculinity and the theft of $68,000.
A Prayer Before Dawn
(2017, FR, dir. Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire)
Based on the true life experience of Billy Moore who survived his Thai prison ordeal by becoming a Muay Thai boxing champion.
(2015, FR, dir. Eva Husson)
In the well-to-do suburbs of a small town, a group of pretty average, well-adjusted sixteen and seventeen year olds are ordinary adolescents who take a singular path.
(2017, US, dir. Coralie Fargeat)
Never take your mistress on an annual guys’ getaway, especially one devoted to hunting – a violent lesson for three wealthy married men.
ASIAN NEXT WAVE
In this section, up-and-coming Asian filmmakers with less than three features are in the running for the Pylon awards and cash prizes.
(2017, dir. Xu Bing)
The film uses surveillance-camera recordings to show the story of a woman who encounters a series of turnabouts upon leaving the Buddhist temple where she used to train as a nun.
In Between Seasons
(2016, KR, dir. Dong-Eun Lee)
A true and intimate story of a mother-son relationship that will be tested with the revelation of a long-kept secret.
(2017, VN, dir. Binh Giang Lee)
Trails behind a man who is seeking vengeance for the death of his girlfriend. In his quest, he uncovers evils beyond description.
(2017, JP, dir. Kiki Sugino)
A spell-binding narrative feature where a young woodsman marries and makes a family with a mysterious beauty he meets in the forest.
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
(2017, ID, dir. Mouly Surya)
Charts the story of Marlina who is being haunted by the restless spirit of a man she killed to protect herself.
(2017, VN, dir. Binh Giang Lee)
Trails behind a man who is seeking vengeance for the death of his girlfriend. In his quest, he uncovers evils beyond description.
Screen International “will show four films that are currently on the crest of a wave, having been recognized in their respective country of origin and beyond.”
120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)
(2017, FR, dir. Robin Campillo)
120 BPM. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.
(2017, RU, dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Follows the downward trajectory of a couple getting divorced after being convinced that their union is devoid of love. But everything spirals out of control when their son goes missing– after overhearing that he is to be sent to the orphanage because he is seen as an obstacle in their pursuit of a happy life.
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
(2017, US, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
Steven, a successful and charismatic surgeon, undergoes a personal and domestic crisis when he gets caught up in the malevolent trap of a teen whom he takes into the fold.
(2017, SW, dir. Ruben Östlund)
The film oints to the drama of Christian, a respected curator of a contemporary art museum. He was supposed to mount “The Square,” an installation that rouses the altruistic values within a person. But a series of events disrupts Christian’s plans.
QCinema’s “Digitally Remastered Series” will feature a total of six classic films. Three are international films while the other half were given a second life by the ABS-CBN Film Restoration.
All About My Mother
(1999, SP, dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
The story follows Manuela (Cecilia Roth), a bereaved woman whose son died in a car accident. While grieving, Manuela traveled to look for Lola, the transvestite fathe of her son.
(1967, IT, dir. Michaelangelo Antonioni)
Photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) takes pictures of fashion models. But one day, when he snapped pictures of a beautiful woman in a park, he also captured a murder scene.
(1967, US, dir. Mike Nichols)
Features the post-college adventures of Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman). Fresh out of school, Braddock returns to his parents’ house while still deciding what to do with his life. But while he muses, he strikes a romance with a bored housewife and finds love in her daughter.
High School Scandal
(1981, PH, dir. Gil Portes)
Trails behind two senior high girls, Roselle (Gina Alajar) and Lynne (Sandy Andolong). Roselle is on a quest to find a lover but ends up frustrated after being dumped by her prom date. She found solace in the arms of a longtime admirer who later impregnated her. Before graduating, Lynne finds out that Roselle died due to the complication of failed abortion carried out by a quack doctor.
(1981, PH, dir. Danny Zialcita)
The story revolves around Sarah (Vilma Santos) whose wedding day was postponed due to a delayed flight. Adding to the stress is a traumatic event involving Eric (Ronaldo Valdez), a regular guest at the hotel where she stays in.
Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos
(1976, PH, dir. Mario O’Hara)
The film tails behind the life events of three characters spanning the years 1942 to 1944. Rosario (Nora Aunor) is a young schoolteacher engaged to be married to Crispin (Bembol Roco), who had to leave to serve in the army during the Japanese occupation. In the absence of Crispin, Rosario was assaulted by a Japanese-Filipino officer named Masugi (Christopher De León). Thereafter, a series of unfortunate events prompts Rosario to make decisions that will alter her life forever.
This year, QCinema is also hosting a slew of great films outside of its section. This includes three Filipino films, fresh titles from Cinema Rehiyon, and short films from all over the world.
(2016, CM, dir. Davy Chou)
Bora, an 18-year old, leaves his village to work on the construction sites of Diamond Island, a project for an ultra-modern paradise for the rich and a symbol of tomorrow’s Cambodia. He befriends his fellow workers and finds his elder brother, the charismatic Solei, who went missing five years earlier. Solei introduces him into an exciting world, that of an urban and wealthy youth, its girls, nights, and illusions.
(2016, PH, dir. Leo Chiang, Johnny Symons)
Mobilizing working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens, the dynamic leaders of the world’s only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a transwoman to the Philippine Congress.
(2017, PH, dir. Aurel Ayson)
Bea and friends, all millennials and all YouTubers, prepare for a special trip. The purpose of the trip is to visit a hidden island in Bicol where Bea and her best friend grew up in. The memory of this magical island was real until they encounter an unexpected surprise — this majestic environmental wonder became a victim of unregulated corporate abuse and greed which will leave Bea and her friends an important realization.
“Cinema Rehiyon” will showcase a collection of films from filmmaker-storytellers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The Death Of Pablo
(2017, dir. Arvin Kadiboy Belarmino)
A stomach-churning feature film that depicts Pablo’s life in a piggery. Each scene, from a cemetery to a repugnant smelly river, unravel’s Pablo’s mind and visually brings to life his unique points of view, opinions, and dispositions. The film challenges the eye’s perception of distressing realities.
(2017, dir. Al Enriquez)
There are many reasons for flying a kite, and each person depends on the ones who fly it. To those whose lives have been snapped by choices, to fly a kite means one thing: a chance of life.
(2017, Angelica Gamolo)
Two sisters traversed into the woods without a guide, in an attempt to grant their mother’s last wish before she passed away. As they go deeper in search of the exact spot where their mother wanted her ashes scattered, a series of unfortunate circumstances trailed the sisters, slowly unveiling the forest’s twisted secret.
(2017, Darryl Yap)
Squatterina deals with the odd similarities of the elite dance of ballet to the daily routines in the slums; a son of a laundry helper dreamt to become a ballet dancer; how she tackles the road and how two completely opposite worlds are joint to bridge the gap between a squatter and a ballerina.
“International Shorts” will feature award-winning short narratives from a diverse list of filmmakers.
A Gentle Night
(2017, dir. Qiu Yang)
Shows the sadness and desperation of a mother searching for her missing daughter in a nameless Chinese City.
(2017, dir. Bibhusan Basnet and Pooja Gurung)
Takes viewers to a remote Nepalese village where Atimaley and Devi are surrounded with loneliness and haunting memories of friends who left without notice.
Death Of A Soundman
(2017, dir. Sorayos Prapapan)
Tells the story of two sound recordists working on the final mix of a short film. Will their sound be heard by someone or will it be drowned by the world’s din?
(2017, dir. Jacqueline Lentzou)
Shows how the vivid imagination of a kid brings him to faraway places.
(2017, dir. Farnoosh Samadi)
Follows a woman who shows courage in voicing out the realities of a certain happening in the bus which she rides going home.
(2017, dir. Sam Kuhn)
The short film is about a mental game where a teen poet goes in and out of reality.
Tesla World Light
(2017, dir. Matthew Rankin)
An avant-garde film that portrays the last days of inventor Nikola Tesla in 1905 New York City.
OPENING / CLOSING
The 2017 QCinema International Film Festival is bookended by two great films. The opening film is Loving Vincent, a first-of-its-kind oil-painted feature film that uncovers the mystery of Vincent van Gogh’s death. The closing film is a restored version of Mike De Leon’s seminal drama, Batch ’81.
OPENING FILM – (2017, PO, dir. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman)
The world’s first oil-painted feature film, Loving Vincent uncovers the mystery surrounding the death of painter and creative genius Vincent van Gogh in 1890 France.
(1982, PH, dir. Mike De Leon)
The lives of seven neophytes rendezvous as they strive to enter a Greek letter fraternity through a difficult hazing process. The entire experience is seen through the eyes of Sid Lucero (played by Mark Gil), one of the neophytes.
QCinema 2017 happens from October 19 thru 27. Here are all the screenings available during that period.
(Note that schedules may change without prior notice. We’ll try our best to update it on the dot should any changes be made, but we think it’s best to also check with QCinema’s website/socials just to be sure.)