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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.

Jun 5, 2015

Eight New Local Movies To Be Shown At Filipino New Cinema Section Of World Premieres Film Festival 2015 From June 24 To July 7

THERE WILL be no Cinemalaya filmfest for full length films this year, but this June 24 to July 7, we have Filipino New Cinema, the new section of World Premieres Film Festival 2015 showing eight new local movies:

"Ang Kubo sa Kawayanan" - Written and directed: by Alvin Yapan ("Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa"), this stars Mercedes Cabral as a bordadora who has a special relationship with the things in her house like a salagubang, a river stone and an ant. People try to convince her to venture out of her home but she'd rather stay. Also stars RK Bagatsing and Mar Felix.

"Ang Kuwento Nating Dalawa" co-written and directed by Nestor Abrogena. This is his thesis film for his master's dehree in UP. The story is about Sam (Nicco Manalo) and Isa (Emmanuelle Vera) who face a problem because Sam got a fellowship for a film school abroad while Isa is also studying in the U.S. Add to this the fact that Isa is also preggy. What will they do?

"Filemon Mamon" directed by Will Fredo, written by Christine Belen and Jethro Tenorio. A musical comedy about a fat high school student (Jerome Ignacio) who wants to play the lead role in a musical about Andres Bonifacio and also wants to get the girl of his dreams (Miles Ocampo). Appearing in special roles are Nanette Inventor, Smokey Manaloto, Rayver Cruz, Christian Bautista, Giselle Sanchez and Joshua Colet.

"I Love You. Thank You". Written and directed by Charliebebs Gohetia and shot on location in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, this is about unrequited love. Joross Gamboa plays a restless young man in love with his best friend's boyfriend. Unreciprocated, he goes abroad and meets a handsome Thai (AE Pattawan) who falls in love with him but who he rejects. Also starring Prince Stefan and CJ Reyes.

"Maskara" - Co-written and directed by Genesis Nolasco, this is told with the Moriones Festival in Marinduque as its background. Ina Feleo plays an award-winning journalist who aims to uncover the truth behind the murder of a top executive (Rolando Inocencio), putting her life at risk. Also stars Lance Raymundo, Ping Medina, Lester Llansang, Alvin Fortuna and Boots Anson Roa.

"Of Sinners and Saints: - Co-written and directed by Ruben Maria Soriquez who also produced it and plays the lead role of a priest from Rome who is assigned to one of the poorest areas in Manila and is exposed to the impoverished life of the people there. Also stars Raymond Bagatsing, Polo Ravales, Althea Vega, Richard Quan, Chanel LaTorre and Sue Prado.

"Piring: (Blindfold) - Written and directed by Craig Woodruff Jr., the real name of actor Carlos Morales. This stars newcomer Yussef Esteves as a working student who earns a living as a gym instructor. He has two other siblings, Krista Miller and Rocky Salumbides, with their mom Tessie Tomas a former prostie turned mama-san. The president of the school where he studies, Bembol Roco, falls in love with Yussef but he rejects him, resulting into some complications that will affect James and his whole family.

"Sino Nga Ba si Pangkoy Ong?" -Written and directed by Jonah Lim, this is a comedy about three friends who are having financial problems: Kiko Matos, Paulo de Vera and Elston Jimenez. They plan to blackmail Pangkoy Ong, a rich and famous writer. Pangkoy Ong is just a pseudonym and they threaten to reveal his real identity if he won't pay them The leading ladies are played by Hazel Faith de la Cruz, Coleen Perez and Lara Villar.

The eight films will have their gala premieres at SM North Edsa from June 25 to 27. On June 25, "Pangkoy Ong" premieres at 5 PM and "Kubo sa Kawayanan" at 7 PM. On June 26, "Maskara" is at 5 PM, "Piring" at 7 PM and "I Love You, Thank You" at 9 PM. On June 27, "Kuwento Nating Dalawa" is at 5 PM, "Filemon Mamon" at 7 PM, and "Of Sinners and Saints" at 9 PM.

There will be an awards night to be held at MOA on June 29 for various categories, including, best actor and supporting actor, best actress and supporting actress, best director, best screenplay and best picture. Aside from Filipino New Cinema, there will also be other sections: Cine Verde, Euroview, Asean Skies, Ibero-America and Eurasian Cinescape. About 70 films from all over the world be screened. There will also Film Expositions and Film Markets in Southeast Asia to be held from June 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center.