CINEMALAYA 2015: INDIE FESTIVALS BEST Section
SYNOPSIS: “Imbisibol” is a gripping tale of undocumented Filipinos living in Japan. It depicts the struggles of Pinoy workers as they try to make a living while evading the authorities.
CAST: Allen Dizon, Ces Quesada, Bernardo Bernardo, Ricky Davao, JC Santos, and JM De Guzman
PRODUCTION: Solar Entertainment
Director — Lawrence Fajardo
Screenplay — Herlyn Gail Alegre, John Bedia, Lawrence Fajardo
Executive Producers — Wilson Tieng, Brillante Mendoza
Cinematographer — Boy Yñiguez
Line Producer – Krisma
August 11, Tuesday, 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater
SYNOPSIS: When Rachel and her parents took her aunt Mara to their hometown, they thought the trip would help Mara deal with the early onset of Dementia. But as Mara begins to recall places and faces, something else has returned. Is it just her illness or is there really something haunting her?
CAST: Nora Aunor, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Yul Servo, Bing Loyzaga, Chynna Ortaleza, Althea Vega, Jeric Gonzales
PRODUCTION: Octobertrain Films, The IdeaFirst Company
Director — Perci Intalan
Screenwriter — Renei Dimla
Story — Jun Lana
Producers — Jun Lana, Ferdinand Lapuz
Original Music — Von de Guzman
Cinematographer — Mackie Galvez
Editor — Lawrence Ang
Visual Effects — Vladimer Castañeto, Elohim Cervantes Tampus, Iddendelos Reyes, Keith Deligro, Rico Mambo
Digital Effects — Enrie Esteves
Roto Artist — Ronnie Gamboa Jr.
AN KUBO SA KAWAYANAN (The House in the Bamboo Grove) by Alvin Yapan (Best Film, Filipino New Cinema section of World Premieres Film Festival Philippines 2015)
August 14, Friday, 3:30 PM, CCP Little Theater
SYNOPSIS: Michelle lives in her own special world. She has a strange love story with her house by the bamboo grave, with which she developed a language, with things functioning as words only she could understand.
Everyone is trying to convince her to abandon the house; her boyfriend trying to look for work in the city or abroad, a nosy neighbor trying to make ends meet by working as a teacher, and even a filmmaker trying to do a documentary on Michelle’s skill as a calado embroiderer, which she cling onto as strongly as she stays in the house.
The film tells the intimate story of how Michelle’s house, along with the things around her: a river stone, a June beetle, and a can of sardines, would help her preserve the ecology of joy and peace she nurtures by the bamboo grove. In Michelle’s world everything is interconnected, and even the smallest of things has a story to tell.
CAST: Mercedes Cabral, RK Bagatsing, Introducing — Marc Felix
Written and Directed by Alvin Yapan
Executive Producer/ Producer — Alemberg Ang
Executive Producer — Alvin Yapan
Musical Scorer — Jema Pamintuan
Cinematographer — Ronald Rebutica
Editor — Benjamin Gonzales Tolentino
Production Designer — Paolo Rey Mendoza Piaña
Sound Designer — Corrine De San Jose
Magkakabaung / The Coffin Maker by Jason Paul Laxamana (Best Film, MMFF New Wave 2014)
August 9, Sunday, 12:45 PM, CCP Little Theater
August 12, Wednesday, 1:30 PM, Greenbelt 3 (Cinema 5)
SYNOPSIS: A hard-working father tries his best to raise a young daughter alone in a rural area, but he is ill-prepared for what fate throws their way.
CAST: Allen Dizon, Gladys Reyes, Chanel Latorre, Emilio Garcia
Written and Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana
Producer — Ferdinand Lapuz
Cinematographer — Rain Yamson
Production Designer — Cyrus Khan
Editor — Jason Paul Laxamana
Musical Scorer — Diwa de Leon
Violator by Eduardo Dayao (Best Film, Cinema One Originals 2104)
August 9, Sunday, 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater
SYNOPSIS: Manila is besieged by the worst typhoon to hit the country. Five people, including three policemen, meet in a precinct and are forced to confront a dark secret.
CAST: Victor Neri, Anthony Falcon, RK Bagatsing, Timothy Mabalot, Andy Bais, and Joel Lamangan
PRODUCTION: Cinema One Originals
Written and Directed by Eduardo “Dodo” Dayao
Executive Producer — Ronald Arguelles
Producers — Tonee Acejo, Lawrence Ang, Dodo Dayao
Co-Producers — Alemberg Ang, Anastacio Angelo Santos
Assistant Director — Timmy Harn
Cinematographers — Albert Banzon, Gym Lumbera
Editor — Lawrence Ang
Production Designer — Richard Somes
Musical Scorers — Ace Cada, Marcushiro Nada
CINEMALAYA 2015 will run from August 7-15, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City.