The 13th Cinema One Originals is just around the corner and it’s promising to come into our theaters more fearless than ever. This year’s fest brings about a wildly eclectic selection composed of restored Filipino classics, a hype-worthy foreign line-up of 2016-2017 award nominees and winners, and, of course, the highlight of the fest, the new films in competition.
There are nine new films competing this year. These nine are composed of two documentaries that look into the present trajectories of historical mysteries of Filipino past and seven full-length narrative features that include two returning alumni, two debuts, and two much-awaited second features.
We know the hassle of planning your festival schedule — looking up synopses, watching trailers, searching for screening dates, and what not. So let us here in FPR do you a solid with our one-page guide below!
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The 13th Cinema One Originals runs from November 13-21 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, UP Cine Adarna, Cinema 76 and Cinematheque with an extended run from November 22-28 at the Power Plant Mall.
- Si Chedeng at si Apple
In the wake of her husband’s death, Chedeng, 66, decides to come out of the closet. Her best friend Apple, 63, beheads her live-in partner in a fit of rage. Bound by friendship, the two elderly women, together with the severed head placed inside a Louis Vuitton bag, set off an adventure to find Chedeng’s ex-girlfriend.
Martin is a rich, sheltered youth who gets transformed into an aswang by his yaya, Nay Luisa. She teaches him how to hunt the poor and the weak for food, in Manila, a city that consistently dehumanizes and neglects the marginalized.
- Nervous Translation
Eight-year-old Yael, shy to a fault, lives in her own private world. Everything changes when she finds out about a pen that can translate the thoughts and feelings of nervous people.
After fifty years of marriage, Alejandra wants to separate from her husband Uro, but must first seek the blessing of their children.
- Bundok Banahaw, Sacred and Profane
While Mt. Banahaw is the place where fertile streams of spirituality, mysticism, the occult, and the environment combine to provide a potent ground for the transmission and exchange of secret and sacred knowledge, it can be said to be a bazaar peddling bizarre mysteries.
- Changing Partners
Based on a musical play of the same title by Vincent De Jesus, Changing Partners begins with Alex and Cris celebrating their first anniversary as a live-in couple. Recognizing their 15-year age gap, they are clearly in love with each other, ignoring what people say about their relationship. Their differences become more evident six years later and we see the relationship painfully coming apart at the seams because of issues that have lingered through the years. The love story, shown through the perspective of different genders, paints how a real relationship works. It eschews the narrative for emotions, and established that love knows no gender when it pains or soothes, when it hurts and heals.
- Throwback Today
Throwback Today is about Primo, a man who looks back at his life with so much regret. But due to a technical glitch, he gets a chance to re-write history.
- Historiographika Errata
A disillusioned and suicidal Rizal, a cross-dressing Bonifacio gripped with paranoia, an ex-Katipunero who joins the US army to save his own neck, and a widow whose sex-for- food errands lead her to become the first ever Makapili. These are the historical mosaics that will form a singular hypothesis as to why we are like this as a people and up to now still reeling from our damaged culture.
- Haunted: A Last Visit to the Red House
During the World War 2, Japanese soldiers raid houses in the Philippines. Thousands of men were shot and killed while women were brought to the Bahay na Pula and raped. The Bahay na Pula is being demolished. From the 1000+ comfort women, only a few remain alive, or fighting to be alive.
- L’Amant double
Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.
- Let The Sun Shine In
Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love at last.
- Sweet Country
Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighboring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defense. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.
A government clerk tries to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India.
- Good Time
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City’s underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.
- On Body and Soul
When a man and woman who meet at work begin to know each other, they discover that they have the same dreams at night, and they decide to make them come true.
- A Fantastic Woman
A transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.
- Before We Vanish
Three aliens travel to Earth on a mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob their hosts of the very essence of their being, leaving psychological and spiritual devastation in their wake.
A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.
In the 18th century, a highly-placed servant of the Spanish crown who is obsessed with petty grudges and fantasies plots his transfer to Buenos Aires.
- Call Me By Your Name
It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
- BPM (Beat Per Minute)
Nathan is a young man who joins an AIDS activist group in 1990s Paris. As he attends the weekly meetings, he learns that some members prefer a more radical approach to their protests.
- The Third Murder
Mikuma has a criminal record dating back many years and is now under the spotlight again. It looks like and open and shut case for Mikuma has confessed to the new charge. Enter prominent lawyer Shigemori who harbours other ideas, which could mean the difference between life and death.
BEST OF C1 ORIGINALS
- Baka Bukas
Alex, is a twenty-something year old creative based in Manila. She is out to most people except her best friend, Jess, whom she has been secretly in love with since they were kids. When Jess discovers the truth about Alex, they are forced to confront the feelings they have for each other.
- 2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten
Felix is a friendless achiever in high school whose life changes after the arrival of the half-American Snyder brothers, entangling him in their dark ambitions.
After being suspended, a TV news Team is redirected to an unwanted assignment of covering news about Aswang rumors in Central Mindanao. Cynical and unenthusiastic, they follow their lead towards a remote barrio where it is said to have started it all. However on their way, a group of armed men in military uniform tries to abduct them.
As they escape towards the forest, they encounter a series of events that leads them to question the identity of their captors.
- Forbidden Memory
Forbidden Memory summons remembrances and memories of the fateful days in September 1974 when about 1,500 men from Malisbong and neighboring villages in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat were killed while 3,000 women and children were forcibly taken to naval boats stationed nearby where they encountered unspeakable horror. For 40 years, the survivors lived in relative silence. Now they tell their stories.
In the world of semi-pro basketball, a beautiful bookie recruits a promising player to the underworld of game-fixing.
Stories abound in Cebu about a woman rumored to be a murderous monster, but behind the myth is a mother seeking justice.
- Malinak Ya Labi
It is a custom in some towns in Pangasinan to offer a life of an animal when constructing buildings, but one day during the town’s fiesta they discover the body of a young boy that leads to a chain of story and a chain of deaths.
- Si Magdalola at Ang Mga Gago
Drug-dealing and sex-starved goons mistakenly disturb the peaceful lives of a frail witch and her nubile grandchild in a remote town in the mountains.
- Miss Bulalacao
A drag princess gets pregnant following an alien abduction. Rumours of immaculate conception raise his status to cult leader. Set on the scenic island of Biliran, the film is in Waray and Cebuano.
- Esprit de Corps
Many are aspiring for the position of Major Mac Favila. He is every cadet’s ideal officer- sharp, snappy, witty and most of all the most macho among the school’s officers. Privates Abel Sarmiento and Cain Fujioka are the top contenders for his position. Will they do anything to get his position?
A corruption-seduction drama set in the military in a Christian school for Boys, a year before Marcos fell from power.
- People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose
A mystery dreamlike portrait of a movie star’s harrowing ordeal in the making of a film. This is about Liz Alindogan, then 19-year old naive newbie star, and director Celso Ad Castillo dubbed as Philippine cinema’s messiah. It is structured as a mystery film, making viewers question whether to believe the account of Liz Alindogan.
- Every Room is a Planet
A quirky love affair between a mentally unstable girl who thinks her husband is abducted by aliens and her husband’s brother whose romance for her remains a sci-fi impossibility.
Once upon a time, you were born. In the Philippines, there was no science education when you were a child. When they began to offer it in your adulthood, you leapt at the chance and studied harder than everyone else. You learned of kingdoms and species and genes and atoms. Science helped you to see the bigger world beyond. You studied so well, an American university paid you to keep studying with them, so you left. You gained mastery over the evolution of birds there, but you missed home the whole time. You lost your first wife and son to Science. So with a degree in hand, you went back to your people. You found that they had burned their forests, and had exploded their seas. So you gave a new bird to your people; because, now you knew how to use it to save them. This was the piding. And the rest is the story of Oliver Carlos.
- Cain at Abel
- Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw
- Langis at Tubig
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (4K Restored)
Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a “sunburn” from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs.
SPECIAL EVENT SCREENINGS
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Opening Film – By Invite Only)
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
- Battle of the Sexes (Closing Film – By Invite Only)
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
- Ishma’ Documentary + Book Event Launch
Sari Dalena’s documentary on Ishmael Bernal, “Ishma,” will screen to coincide with the launch of the new Ishmael Bernal book, “ProBernal Anti Bio,” written by Ishmael Bernal himself with Jorge Ayago and Angela Stuart-Santiago.