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Sunday, November 2, 2014

QCinema International Film Festival 2014

With 37 top-calibre films, including major Oscars contenders, in this year’s line-up, the QCinema International Film Festival takes its place as one of the country’s premier showcase of films.

Hosted by Quezon City as “the City of the Stars” and slated from November 5 to 11, 2014 at the Ayala Trinoma Mall, QCinema highlights Quezon City’s celebration of its diamond jubilee year.

Production Grantees

Top billing the festival are eleven films which received generous grants in a previous competition.

Leading the batch is Arnel Mardoquio's “Alienasyon,” which received a production grant of Php 2 million.  The film is about a UP professor, who in the twilight of his noble career, finds himself reminiscing the precious history of his homeland.

Receiving post-production grants each of Php 150,000 are: “1st ko si 3rd”, a Cinemalaya 2014 New Breed finalist by Real S. Florido; “Nick and Chai”, a documentary about Typhoon Yolanda victims by Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez; “Tigbao”, a feature about the issue of desaparecidos by M. Bonifacio; “Cemetery Life”, a documentary about a group of people living in society's fringes by Barbara Politsch; and “Tres”, a trilogy of literary adaptations by veteran directors William Mayo, Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao, and Jose M. Carreon.

Five short films also received production grants each worth Php 150,000. These are “Tila” by Rob Jara; “Ang Nanay ni Justin Barber” by Victor Villanueva; “Senior” by Jed Medrano; “Bonifacio” by Grace Simbulan; and “Sa Ngalan ni Ultimate Warrior” by Miko Livelo. These films comprise the QCX (Quezon City Experience) Anthology.

Circle Competition

The five post-prodution grantees, “1st ko si 3rd,” “Nick and Chai,” “Tigbao,” “Cemetery Life,” and ”Tres” will also compete at the Circle Competition, with five other films. The Pylon Awards Best Picture winner will be given P300,000. The Jury Prize winner will be given P200,000, while the Audience Choice winner will be given P100,000, and the Gender Sensitivity winner will be given P100,000.

The other five films competing in the Pylon awards are “Ang Di Paglimot Ng Mga Alaala” by Carl Joseph E. Papa; “Bigkis” by Neal Tan; “In Darkness We Live” by

Christopher Ad. Castillo; “Little Azkals" by Baby Ruth Villarama; and “Mauban: Ang Resiko by Lem Lorca.

Foreign Films

Another festival highlight are the foreign films, which form part of Screen International and the festival’s tribute to Park Chan-Wook.

Screen International Films are “52 Tuesdays” from Australia by Sophie Hyde, which won Best Director in World Cinema section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival; “Ida,” Poland’s submission to the Foreign Language Category of the 2015 Academy Awards by Pawel Pawlikowski; “Jauja” of Argentina by Lisandro Alonso and starring Viggo Mortensen, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Others are “Leviathan", Best Screenplay of 2014 Cannes Film Festival and Russia's submission to the Foreign Language Category of the 2015 Academy Awards by Andrey Zvyagintsev; “Mommy” of Canada by Xavier Dolan, which is the Jury Prize winner in the 2014 Cannes Film Festival; “The Don Juans” of Czech Republic by Jirí Menzel; and “Two Days, One Night” of Belgium by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.

The Netherlands Embassy will also hold at the festival the premier of “Lilet Never Happened” on November 6, 6:00 PM. The film, which won Best Youth Film in the Copenhagen Buster Film Festival, is about Sandy Talag or Lilet, who was Manila’s most famous child prostiture.

“Lilet Never Happened” film director Jacco Groen will grace the premier and will also be part of the Filmakers’ Forum, scheduled on November 10, also at Trinoma.  Aside from Groen, 52 Tuesdays” director Sophie Hyde and the local filmakers will be part of the discussion.

Park Chan-Wook fans are also in for a treat, as QCinema shows the Vengeance Trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Old Boy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, in glorious 35mm.

More from QCinema

Another set of films to watch out for is the Children’s Classics, which is in partnership with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

The films included in the line-up are “Boses” by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil; “Bunso: The Youngest” by Ditsi Carolino; “RPG Metanoia” by Luis C. Suarez; “Children of Heaven” by Majid Majidi; “Dance Without Music” by Li Jixian; “Not One Less” by

Zhang Yimou; and “The Color Of Paradise” by Majid Majidi.

QCinema 2013 films “Gaydar” by Alvin Yapan; “Hello, World” by Joel Ferrer and “Lukas Niño” by John Torres complete the line-up.

The film festival, which carries the theme “From Flashback to Fast Forward”, will also give special recognition to Cecille Baun, renowned prosthetic make-up artist who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the film industry.   An exhibit of her work will also be part of the festival.

Festival opening rights will be held on November 5, 5:30 PM at the Trinoma Activity Center, followed by the screening of "Alienasyon."

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