At Shangri-La, Resorts World, Gateway, Megaworld and Lucky Chinatown. The full Cinefilipino schedule is here.
We love that there are lots of new Filipino movies showing in theatres. We have not seen so many Filipino movies since the 1980s. The film festival model must work because everyone’s using it. Outside of a film festival, these movies would not have the wherewithal to open at the malls.
Did three film festivals (Cinemalaya, Sineng Pambansa, Cinefilipino) have to be crammed into the last seven weeks, though? Even those of us with the time and the flexible schedules to catch all the movies are knackered. (Opportunity to use ‘knackered’!) We do have stories to write, bills to pay, groceries to get, cats to leash-train.
We’re guessing that the dates of Filipino film festivals are decided by Hollywood schedules—movie theatres are booked way in advance, and if a blockbuster is slated to open, those theatres will not be available. So the festivals take advantage of the brief breathing room between big-budget superhero movies. And though we enjoy big-budget superhero movies, something has to be done.
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We had just ordered lunch at the Korean restaurant in Power Plant when whom should we spot crossing our field of vision but director Tikoy Aguiluz. Naturally we could not resist heckling him.
“Aba, narito pala ang magaling na direktor ng Eman!” (Look who’s here, the famed director of Eman.) You will recall that Eman was supposed to screen at Sineng Pambansa, but was not finished on time.
“Ang malas ko naman,” Aguiluz laughed. “Pumunta ako rito para magtago, tapos ikaw pa ang nakakita sa akin.” (Just my luck. I came here to hide, then you spot me.)
“Napakagaling! Sa lahat ng pagtataguan, dito pa sa tambayan namin. Iba-blog namin ‘to.” (Brilliant! Of all the hiding places, you picked the place where we hang out. We’re blogging this.)
“Long time, no see!” he said.
“Hoy kailan ipapalabas ang Eman?” (When will Eman be shown?) Eman being the biopic of the late revolutionary Emmanuel Lacaba.
“Sa Cinemanila,” he announced, “November 26 to December 2. We will show all the Sineng Pambansa movies.”
“Tapos na?” (Is the movie finished?)
“Thirty percent done. I need a lead actor. Derek Ramsay is too busy.”
“You don’t need a Derek Ramsay to play Eman Lacaba.”
“No one will watch it without a big name star.”
“Whom are you considering for the lead?”
“I’ll have to talk to Star Magic.”
“Piolo? Si Joey Marquez na lang. Oh right, too old.”
“He’s in the movie.”