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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 20, 2015

Sinag Maynila Filmfest In SM Cinemas Showing Five New Local Films From Acclaimed New Directors

CURRENTLY SHOWING in SM Cinemas are new movies that are entries to SinagMaynila, a new film festival sponsored by Solar Entertainment and supervised by Cannes best director Brilliante Mendoza. We’re just wondering why they spent so much in the production of these films but just showed them with much fanfare or promotion. How will the public know about them and support them?

The five entries are “Imbisibol” by Lawrence Fajardo, about hostos in Japan, starring Allen Dizon, JM de Guzman, Ricky Davao, Bernardo Bernardo, Ces Quesada, filmed on location in Japan. “Swap”, a Cebuano film starring Mon Confiado, Matt Daclan, Diane Monsanto and RK Bagatsing, directed by Remton Zuasola who earlier gave us the award winning “Damgo ni Eleuteria”, a movie filmed in one long take. The story is about a young father torn between solving a crime and committing another crime when one day his only son is kidnapped and the criminals demand him to steal another kid in exchange for the life of his son.

“Balut Country” by Paul Sta. Ana, starring Rocco Nacino, Nanette Inventor, Vincent Magbanua and Ronnie Quizon. It’s about a young man who inherits a duck farm from his late father and the complications it brings to his life. “Ninja Party” by Jim Libiran who did the acclaimed movie about warring gangs, “Tribu”. It’s about female students in a Catholic school who are accused of participating in a secret orgy. It stars Odette Khan, Annicka Dolonius, Teresa Loyzaga, Dennis Marasigan and Mariz Reyes. “Bambanti” (Scarecrow) starring Alessandra de Rossi, Shamaine Buencamino and Julio Diaz, directed by Zig Dulay, who earlier helmed the acclaimed “M, My Mother’s Maiden Name”.