August 13, 2017 - Cast and crew of 'Respeto' accepts best picture award at the Chinemalaya 2017 awards night held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. See the complete list of winners below.
The much-awaited yearly International Silent Film Festival Manila (ISFFM) is back! Established in 2007 as the very first event of its kind in Asia, the ISFFM promises to bring once more to Manila film buffs and music aficionados an extraordinary experience. From the 1890’s to the 1920’s, audiences around the world were enchanted by the magic of watching soundless images on a screen accompanied by live music played by different performing artists. This year, the Philippine-Italian Association, the Japan Foundation Manila, Goethe-Institut Philippinen, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes, the British Council, and the Embassies of the United States of America, France and Austria, are extremely proud to present the 11th edition of the International Silent Film Festival in Manila. Scheduled from August 31st to September 3rd at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City, the 2017 ISFFM brings together the very best of silent cinema from its nine member-countries, to be accompanied by the best Filipino musicians on the scene and a French-Vietnamese guest artist.
text by Tom Goldsmith
Christopher Nolan’s tenth feature film Dunkirk has been released across the Philippines. Several film critics have called the film a masterpiece and his best work. To celebrate Nolan’s latest we look back at his catalogue of films.
For the film aficionados—particularly the advocates of independent movies—Cinemalaya is the much-awaited most prominent independent film festival in the country. The Cultural Center of the Philippines, in partnership with Cinemalaya Foundation, presents the 13th edition of Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival on the 4th until the 13th of August at the various venues of CCP.
Since 2005, Cinemalaya has continued to discover, to encourage, and to support the cinematic works of upcoming and accomplished Filipino filmmakers. This year, with the theme “See the Big Picture,” the film festival will screen 9 full-length films and 12 short films, deviating from the usual 10 short films which will compete for the grand awards
Written by Rachelle Parian
The emergence of 2016’s Metro Manila Film Festival selections has sparked hope not only for the caliber of future MMFF entries, but for the independent directors and the film-savvy as well. Despite the controversies which stimulated last year, the movies from 2016’s Metro Manila Film Festival namely Marlon Rivera’s Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough; Jun Lana’s Die Beautiful; Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido’s Kabisera; Alvin Yapan’s Oro; Avid Liongoren’s Saving Sally; Erik Matti’s Seklusyon; Babyruth Gutierrez’s Sunday Beauty Queen; Ted Boborol’s Vince & Kath & James; and other independent short films still remained a breath of fresh air for the Filipino film industry insofar as many smaller productions were given their chance to exhibit their works which had reformed artistic storylines, deviated from the overly commercialized films from the past years.
Reviewed by Arvee Gomez
Dir: Ryota Nakano
Starring: Rie Miyazawa, Hana Sugisaki, Joe Odagiri, Tori Matsuzaka, Aoi Ito, Yukiko Shinohara, & Taro Suruga
All it takes is a trip to the doctor to turn the life of ordinary housewife Futaba Sachino (played by Rie Miyazawa) upside-down. With a responsibility to take care of her timid teenage daughter Azumi (Hana Sugisaki) and an abandoned bathhouse, due to a husband who left her for another woman, Futaba is left with no choice but to take all her problems from the backseat, and steer her life to a positive direction in her last remaining days.