- Cinema One Originals 2018 has finally kicked off.
- We give you 10 Reasons Why You Need To Catch Cinema One Originals 2018!
Cinema One Originals 2018 has finally kicked off! The festival held a special star-studded opening night last Tuesday, October 9, 2018 with the screening of “A Star Is Born” at Gateway Cineplex, attended by participating filmmakers and actors, film industry stalwarts, and the media. Nine feature stories await moviegoers in the much-awaited Cinema One Originals 2018 along with restored Filipino classics, selected foreign films, best of C1 Originals, and exciting shorts as the festival starts on Friday (October 12).
The fresh roster of competition films are vying to reign over the festival’s 14th year with the theme “I Am Original,” with selections depicting stories of crime and injustice from young and brilliant directors of this generation.
So we give you 10 Reasons Why You Need To Catch Cinema One Originals 2018!
10. From the big screen to your book shelves. Three Cinema One Originals entries, for the first time, also have book versions—“Double Twisting Double Back,” “Hospicio,” and “Pang MMK.” The C1 Originals books, priced at P195 each, are exclusively available for pre-order at National Book Store.
9. It’s bigger and wider! Cinema One Originals is under the festival partnership program of the Film Development Council Of The Philippines (FDCP). Catch all the films starting Friday (October 12) until October 21 (Sunday) in TriNoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Santolan Town Plaza, Powerplant; in Cinelokal theaters—SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Manila, and SM Sta. Mesa, and in alternative cinemas—FDCP Cinematheque Manila, UP Cine Adarna, Cinema ’76, Black Maria Theater and Cinema Centenario.
8. It’s Quality Cinema at an affordable Price. Ticket prices are at P200 each in major and alternative cinemas, P150 for students and at SM CineLokal theaters, and P100 at FDCP Cinematheque Manila. Festival passes are available ktx.abs-cbn.com.
7. The Best of Cinema One Originals. You can also watch again your favorite Cinema One Original films, from the highly controversial coming of age film “2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten” starring Khalil Ramos, Jameson Blake and Ethan Salvador; the lesbian romance “Baka Bukas” featuring Jasmine Curtis and Louise Delos Reyes; the romantic musical “Changing Partners,” the sexually charged Sandino Martin-JC Santos starrer “Esprit de Corps” and many more.
6. The World Cinema section is a must-watch! This year’s world cinema highlights include “Ash is the Purest White,” “Bitter Melon,” “Girl,” “Las Herederas,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” “The Poet and The Boy,” and “Whitney.”
5. The Restored Classics will transport you back to the golden days of Philippine Cinema. Among the restored classics to be showcased are “Alupihang Dagat,” “Anak,” “Ang Padrino,” “Ang Panday,” “Dekada ’70,” “Got 2 Believe,” “Gumising Ka Maruja,” “Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal,” “May Minamahal,” “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo,” “Nunal sa Tubig,” “Omeng Sanatasia,” “Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara,” and “Sa Init ng Apoy.”
4. The Delightful Array of Films in its Main Competition section. The nine entries in the much-awaited Cinema One Originals 2018 comes from different genres that will surely delight cinephiles: from laugh out loud comedy, superhero, crime thriller, horror mystery, erotic sports drama and even an animated film!
3. An All Original Pinoy Animated Film. Carl Joseph Papa’s “Paglisan” is an animated drama film that follows a middle-aged movie star who is suddenly afflicted with early onset Alzheimer’s and finds himself living in seclusion with a wife, Dolores, whose own unhappiness has become a sort of affliction, too. It features the voices of Ian Veneracion, Eula Valdes, Khalil Ramos and Junjun Quintana.
2. A Great Selection of Genre Films. Whammy Alcazaren’s “Never Tear Us Apart” (formerly titled “Fisting” which had to be changed during the last minute to appease the MTRCB) follows an aging spy, his delusional wife, and promiscuous son are driven into madness as they confront the terrors caused by the monster known as The Shadow. It stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Meryll Soriano and Ricky Davao. On the other hand, the crime noir “A Short History of a Few Bad Things” by Keith Deligero features Victor Neri as a troubled detective who struggles to solve a series of grisly killings in the southern Philippine city of Cebu, while a deep conspiracy works to keep the truth hidden from him. “Double Twisting Double Back” by Joseph Abello is described as an erotic sports thriller. It follows two wildly divergent men, Badger and Wasi, played by Tony Labrusca and Joem Bascon, and the war they wage against each other. And in Bobby Bonifacio’s “Hospicio”, we follow Loisa Andalio as a girl who gets entangled in a drug-related shootout that leaves her little sister in a coma. She is entered into a rehabilitation center. Inside, she realizes that the rehab facility is more than what it seems to be.
1. Four Times The Laughs With Its Comedy Entries. In Raynier Brizuela’s found footage mockumentary “Asuang,” Alwyn Uytingo plays the title character of Asuang, the God of Sin from Bikolano mythology, who finds himself in modern times. It also stars Paolo O Hara, Chai Fonacier and Jon Lucas. “Mamu; and A Mother Too” by Rod Singh is about Mamu (Iyya Mina), a middle-aged transgender sex worker who finds herself becoming a surrogate mother to her orphaned transgender niece, Bona. It also stars Arron Villaflor, EJ Jallorina and Markus Paterson. John Lapus’ directorial debut “Pang-MMK” is described as a parody of the ABS CBN anthology. Being the legitimate son, Janus was given the stressful responsibility to take care of his father’s funeral. With the presence of a senator, constant phone calls from his mother (who was in the United States), and the conflict between his scandalous sister and his father’s mistress; the funeral became dramatic, chaotic, and hilarious. It stars Neil Coleta, Nikki Valdez and Zeppi Boromeo. In Rufa Mae Quinto’s first Cinema One Originals entry “Bagyong Bheverlynn” from director Bebs Gohetia, she plays Bheverlynn, a recently heartbroken woman, who discovers that she has the power to control the approaching super typhoon with her hugot from her tragic lovelife and save the country from being wiped out.
So, what are you waiting for? Time to go watch Cinema One Originals and chill!