This is a great week to be a burgis woke moviegoer, my friends. From May 9 to 15, Metro Manila cinemas will showcase movies under the 2018 CineFilipino Film Festival (CFFF). Making use of the theme “Kwento pa rin ang hari,” the competition slate offers different perspective on love, acceptance, faith, and forgiveness.
Before you run off and make waldas your suweldo, here is a quick rundown of the eight full-length films in the competition.
Delia & Sammy
Director: Therese Anne Cayaba
Starring: Rosemarie Gil, Jaime Fabregas, Nico Antonio
Bring an econo pack to the cinemas, bes, because this one’s a rollercoaster of emotions. Delia & Sammy follows a former actress whose days are numbered. With this heartbreaking development, she has to find a family that can take care of her husband, who also stricken with diseases including Alzheimer’s.
Excuse Me Po
Director: Ronald Espinosa Batallones
Starring: Elizabeth Oropesa
Elizabeth Oropesa, the OG kontrabida from returns to the big screen. In the film Excuse Me Po, Oropesa plays the role of Hilda, a 65-year-old aspiring actress who makes a living out of begging inside of the mall to buy medicine for her husband.
The Eternity Between Seconds
Director: Alec Figuracion
Starring: Yeng Constantino, TJ Trinidad
This movie, about two people who bond at the Incheon airport, is the latest in the “oh-my-God-walang-katapusan” line of romantic talky indies. But if you can still take a lot of existential pondering by way of kilig, bes, then go for it.
Director: Roni Benaid
Starring: Glydel Mercado, Shy Carlos
A film festival wouldn’t be complete without some sort of thriller that involved an unfortunate purchase of a ridiculously creepy item. In Poon, church servant Claudia (Mercado) experiences horrors after buying an image of San Vargas.
Mga Mister ni Rosario
Director: Alpha Habon
Starring: Joross Gamboa, Kate Alejandrino
Joross Gamboa flexes his acting muscles in a role that surprisingly doesn’t stereotype gay people. Here, he is Yogi, an actor who brings home every character he plays. His wife Bea (Alejandrino) becomes anxious when he takes on a role of a killer.
Director: Bor Ocampo
Starring: Adrian Cabido, Mon Confiado, Rosanna Roces
Alex is a 15-year-old who works as a gun-for-hire. After finding out that he is going to be a dad, he decides to do one last hit before leaving his life of crime. (We all know how those things turn out.)
Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus
Director: Dwein Baltazar
Starring: Nicco Manalo, Rae Talon, Soliman Cruz
Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus is about four men in Avenida who are all in love and searching for a woman named Aileen. One thing was going through our minds while watching the trailer: “Ang haba naman ng hair ni Aileen.”
Director: Rod Marmol
Starring: Edgar Allan Guzman, Jerald Napoles, Arron Villaflor, Miguel Almendras
EA Guzman plays the role of a brave soldier who lost his comrades and his left eye on a mission. Naturally, a lot of “losing one’s shit” and “pagwa-walling” ensues.
CineFilipino Film Festival will run from May 9-15 at select cinemas: Gateway, Greenbelt 1, SM Fairview, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall.