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A few days from now the annual Cinemalaya Film Festival is happening. And it is bigger, better, and may we say bolder?

 Aside from it’s expanding the locations where the films can be watched, YES! You’ve read it right, from August 7 to 13 competing films will also be showed in select malls in Pampanga, Naga, Legazpi, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Davao, this year’s line up also tackles different social issues that most of us can relate to. 

From childhood experiences, school bullying, fuckboys, and up to steamy, sexy, May-December love affair, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2019 got you covered. So here’s the rundown of all 10 full-length films:

  1. Ani (The Harvest)

Directed by Kim Zuñiga and Sandro Del Rosario, this sci-fi, coming of age film is about “an orphaned boy and his malfunctioning robot embark on a quest to look for magical grains that he believes will save” the life of his grandfather. 

  1. Belle Douleur (A Beautiful Pain)

Starring award-winning actress Mylene Dizon and hunk actor Kit Thompson. Belle Douler is a steamy May-December love affair story of a woman finding happiness as she breaks free from the confines that society puts on women.

  1. Children of the River

This drama film depicts the blissful simplicity of life for four childhood friends comes to a tragic halt when phone calls came late one morning.

  1. Edward

For a coming of age genre, this film doesn’t simply tells the of a boy stuck in a hospital looking after his ailing father, but it also shows the reality happening on our public health system. 

  1. Fucc Bois

Directed by Gawad Urian nominee for Best Direction Eduardo Roy Jr. (Pamilya Ordinaryo), “Fucc Bois” is a mature suspense, drama movie about two young men namely Ace (23) and Miko (17) who desperately want to become famous actors. 

  1. Iska

This heart touching drama films tell the story of a grandmother’s love and struggles raising his autistic grandson. 

  1. John Denver Trending

Inspired by true stories, “John Denver Trending” tells the story of a 14-year-old farmboy whose ife is suddenly upended when a video of him brutally attacking a classmate went viral. 

  1. Malamaya (The  Color of Ash)

Starring Enzo Pineda, Sunshine Cruz, Raymond Bagatsing, “Malamaya” is a romance film about a pessimistic uninspired middle-aged artist that finds spark with a millennial photographer who leads her on a path of creative and sexual reawakening.

  1. Pandanggo sa Hukay

Starring award-winning actress Iza Calzado, this film tells the story of single mom who works as a midwife. Despite the hardship, this moms remains her positive outlook in life. 

  1. Tabon

This psychological thriller film marks actor Xian Lim’s directorial debut. Tabon, a mystery, crime movie follows the story of a man accused of a crime they believe to not have committed.

What do you think? Are you also excited to see all of these movies this upcoming Cinemalaya Film Festival?


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