December 15, 2012

Cinemathique Baguio to Screen Films from Sineng Pambansa Film Festival

Starting on December 20, Baguio Cinemathique will be screening selected films from the entries at the Sineng Pambansa Film Festival: Ikalawang Yugto which was held from June 29 to July 3 in Davao City. Cinemathique will be showing to the public the following films: Ang Mga Kidnaper Ni Ronnie Lazaro, Qwerty, Anac Ti Pating, Kanana Kanu, Huling Biyahe, Kapitan Basura, and Limang Dipang Tao. Click here to see the screening schedule. Admission fee is Php50 per film. Baguio Cinemathique is located at Casa Vallejo along Upper Session Road.

*All synopsis and blurbs below are courtesy of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

1. Ang Mga Kidnaper Ni Ronnie Lazaro - BEBOT, a former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) has been down and out of luck after the Middle East crisis, that left him jobless and his family leaving him in the process. He hatches a plan with his loser friends from Quiapo --- PIPOY, a call center agent; BOY GEORGE, a camera repairman; ABDUL, a Muslim pirated DVD seller; HESUS, a prophet of doom; and HECTOR, a former stuntman who has grown fat because of the demise of action films --- to make an independent film of their own starring what to them is the most famous Filipino indie film actor nowadays especially with the sudden boom of indie films --- RONNIE LAZARO. However, things became complicated when RONNIE LAZARO decides to beg off from acting on their supposed indie film. They suddenly found themselves accidentally kidnapping RONNIE and holing him up at BEBOT’s old dilapidated place in Quiapo. What will happen now that they have the most famous indie actor in the Philippines? Will they be able to finish their film on time? Or will the kidnapping test their bond of friendship?

2. Qwerty - The title refers to the universal keyboard style used originally in typewriters, computers & cellphones. It is said that the original keyboard style is not the most functional of designs but to change all keyboards in the world is no longer possible due to its universal prevalence.
Just like corruption in the police force.

The movie QWERTY is based on a found story about a Youtube video that went viral last year that implicated some members of a Manila precinct. It captured on camera how some uniformed men had subjected a suspected drug pusher with cigarette burns as they tied his genitals with a string.
This screenplay is a fictionalized account of a disgruntled cop, who has been wrongly implicated in a torture video that went viral. It begins on his last night of duty, as he is about to leave for abroad for better job prospects.

3. Huling Biyahe - Two aging couples, a linear film editor (Noel Trinidad) and an ex-dubber (Tessie Tomas), part ways at the twilight of their years to see what's missing in their lives. The woman finds comfort in a school janitor (Ronnie Lazaro) who she sees as having a parallelism to her life. The man, in attending his high school reunion, gets an interest in a 20 year old barrio lass who is the daughter of his bestfriend (Jun Urbano). The film, which stars the members of the 80s defunct gag show "Champoy", is also a tribute to the last days of linear editing in the Philippines and the men and women who once work in this department of the film industry.

4. Anac Ti Pating - “Anac Ti Pating” happens in one school year from June to March. Sixto Mangaoang is a Math wizard in Grade 5, he however also has the penchant for drawing and writing. For his English Class project, Sixto decides on writing a short story for children about a shark living in the forest in the Cordilleras. Sixto ‘comes-of-age’ in this school year, he develops a friendship with his neighbor, the retired Dr. Rayos, who encourages Sixto to strive hard to pursue his dreams. Sixto also befriends his Korean neighbor, a boy about the same age as he, despite their awkward first meeting. Sixto experiences first love. Sixto stands up to the school bully. Sixto discovers the truth about his birth.

5. Kapitan Basura - Bobet is a junk shop owner in a dingy garbage town at the outskirts of Manila where everything and everyone thrown away by society resides. He is joined by an overly dramatic mother fueled by telenovela antics, a blind sister with super-hearing powers, a childhood sweetheart with roller coaster mood swings, and a riff raff cono best friend among other equally wacky individuals that litter the streets of Purok Ocho.

Bobet discovers superhuman strength and trash manipulation capabilities and becomes…Kapitan Basura, at your service. Tumatanggap din po ng labada.
Each successful feat of Kapitan Basura elevates him to more fame but not necessarily fortune. Nevertheless, Bobet continues to battle crime and avert disasters. Meanwhile, the nation is plagued by an unknown creature randomly devouring facial treatment patients in all hospitals owned by the mysterious but alluring Dr. Chupacabra Sanchez.

In this trippy and useless comedy, we see the rise and fall of a superhero amidst a society of filth, garbage, and poverty.

This year’s crappiest and trashiest film. Truly, a magnificent work of garbage.
Kapitan Basura. The hero Manila deserves, but not the one it needs. Ever.

6. Limang Dipang Tao - 13 individuals, 13 lives. Based on the song of Ryan Cayabyab, of the same title, this film talks about the different conflicts and realities of the Filipino individual.

7. Kanana Kanu - Kanana Kanu depicts two parallel stories which tells John’s experience and his cultural travelogue. The other story revolves around the oral narratives of the I-Kalingas. This particular mythology embodies the true essence of the I-Kalingas’ core cultural values.

John a young man, half- American and half- Kalinga travels for a vacation in his mother’s birthplace at the village named Magobya. Unknowingly, he immerses himself in the culture of his mom’s place- living in a simple, practical and natural lifestyle. Through his village experiences he learns how to do things he never actualize in the U.S.

When the story is chanted by bard singers new experience is open to John as though he journeys to another dimension of time and space. John see vividly the story unfolds when the ever outstanding beauty of Lagunnawa meet the heroic warrior named Fanna. His immersion and cultural re-rooting helps him to know more about himself and his true cultural identity.

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