San Juan, Manila — Cinema ’76 Film Society is the latest addition to Metro Manila’s ever-growing list of cinemas. Cinema ’76 is a micro-cinema dedicated to bringing the latest Filipino independent films as well as English and foreign-language films to its discriminating movie audience.
This coming April, Cinema ’76 screens some of the best works from some of the country’s top artists and filmmakers. Currently ongoing is a tribute to the late film and television director Francis Xavier Pasion. Pasion made a mark in the film industry through his award-winning Cinemalaya films “Sampaguita, “Jay”, and “Bwaya”. These films will run in Cinema ’76 until April 7.
From April 8-15, Cinema ’76 will host a retrospective on the life and works of Rudy Fernandez. Kicking off this retrospective is the documentary “The Last Pinoy Action King.” The film, co-directed by Australian filmmaker Andrew Leavold, chronicles the life and times of Fernandez, one the country’s most beloved film heroes. Fans of Fernandez can catch his other iconic works such as “Bitayin si Baby Ama,” “Tatak ng Yakuza”, “Sandakot na Bala,” “Baun Gang,” and “Bingbong Crisologo.”
Acclaimed director Elwood Perez take center stage as Cinema ’76 screens two of his recent masterpieces “Otso” and “Esoterika: Maynila” from April 15 thru 21. Starting April 22, you can catch Cesar Hernando’s erotic pyscho-thriller “Gayuma” starring Benjamin Alves, one of the selections from last year’s QCinema Film Festival, and his acclaimed short films “Maalinsangan Ang Gabi” and “Kagat Ng Dilim” starring Piolo Pascual and Yul Servo.
Rounding up the Cinema ‘76’s line-up for the month are works from award-winning director Raymond Red. His critically acclaimed films “Himpapawid” and “Kamera Obscura” will be screened from April 29 to May 5 along with his newly, digitally-restored short film “Anino,” a winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or—the highest prize awarded at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
As a special treat to movie fans and in celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan, Cinema ’76 will hold a free screening of “Heneral Luna” on Saturday, April 9. Moviegoers can have a chance to meet-and-greet the producers and cast members of the film, who will be present during the event. This would also be the perfect opportunity for “Heneral Luna” fans to buy the last remaining copies of the film’s best-selling DVD.
Cinema ’76 is located at 160 Luna Mencias St., Barangay Addition Hills, San Juan City. For the complete movie schedule guide, contact (02) 398-1939 or visit www.facebook.com/cinema76fs