Cinema One Originals is raising the bar higher for the 12th anniversary of the film festival, giving the biggest grants yet to the unique competition entries - both for the narrative feature and documentary categories.
"Meron kaming pitong pelikula na narrative features [na may] iba-ibang genre from young love story to horror to eclectic to experimental... so lahat kino-cover sa festival and may tatlong documentary na iba-iba din yung subjects," Cinema One Channel Head Ronald Arguelles said in a MYXclusive interview.
With the tagline Anong Tingin Mo, Cinema One challenges its viewers with a very diverse line-up: horror film Lily, a mythical character rumored to kidnap children in Cebu (Keith Deligero); sci-fi film Every Room Is A Planet (Malay Javier); basketball crime/love story Tisay (Borgy Torre); dark high school comedy 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (Petersen Vargas); "very millennial" lesbian romance Baka Bukas (Samantha Lee); ethnographic mystery Malinak Ya Labi (Jose Abdel Langit); and action film Si Magdalola At Ang Mga Gago.
The feature documentaries include Teng Mangansakan's Forbidden Memory about the September 1974 mass murder in Sultan Kudarat; Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera's Piding, the story of ornithologist Oliver Carlos; and John Torres' People Power Bombshell: The Diary Of Vietnam Rose on the lost film of Celso Ad Castillo and then newbie star Liz Alindogan's account.
The festival will also have special screenings of the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion awardee Ang Babaeng Humayo by Lav Diaz and the horror film Salvage by Sherad Sanchez. It will also gather "all the best from Berlin, Cannes, Venice" and restored classics.
Cinema One Originals will be screening from November 14 to 22 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Greenhills, and Cinematheque.
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