First time: Over 40 films in Davao fest

Subscribe Now February 09, 2011 at 12:03pm

Five feature films and about a dozen shorts by Mindanaoans are among the more than 40 movies to be screened at the 3rd Cinemarehiyon Film Festival, which opens here today. It is part of the month-long Philippine International Arts Festival presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

“We are glad that the NCCA cinema committee has chosen Davao for Cinemarehiyon. This is an opportunity for Dabawenyos and [other] Mindanaoans to be exposed to movies from across the country,” said Dax Cañedo, president of the Mindanao Film and TV Development Foundation Inc. (MFTDFI), festival host.

Award winners

Screenings are scheduled at the Gaisano Mall of Davao until February 13, in time for the Mindanao premiere of American film director John Sayles’ historical war-drama “Amigo.”

Among the featured works are Moro filmmaker Gutierrez “Teng” Mangansakan’s “Limbunan” and 2010 Cinemalaya Best Picture (New Breed Category) winner “Halaw” by Zamboanga-based Sheron Dayoc.

“Limbunan (Bridal Quarter),” which stars Joem Bascon, Tetchie Agbayani and Dabawenyo actors Jea Lyka Cinco and Mayka Lintongan, is about a woman betrothed to a man she has never met. It was screened at the Venice Film Festival and the Wiesbaden Exground Film Festival in Germany last year.

Cebuano, Kapampangan

“Sheika,” directed by two-time Palanca Award winning Davao playwright Arnel Mardoquio, depicts the ordeal of a single mother caught in the darkness of a violent Mindanao. It won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema award in 2010 and was chosen as a competing entry in the Asiaticamediale Film Fest in Rome last year.

Another festival movie is Dabawenyo first-time filmmaker Orvil Bantayan’s “Mananabang,” a film about a traditional-birth attendant ordered by the government to stop her practice.

Among the other films to be screened:

“Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (The Dream of Eleuteria)” by Cebuano filmmaker Remton Zuasola, which won the Jury Prize and Best Music Score in the 2010 CinemaOne Originals, as well as the Best Picture award in the Southeast Asian Category of the 12th Cinemanila Film Festival.

Over 30 shorts

“Astro Mayabang” by Kapampangan filmmaker Jason Paul Laxamana; “Ang Panagtagpo Sa Akong Mga Apohan (The Day My Grandmothers Met)” by Malaya Camporedondo, “Nginig Stories,” a collection of horror shorts by Jose Bagane Fiola, “Ang Mundo Sa Panahon ng Bato (Stone Age)” by Ramon Mes de Guzman, and “Baboy Irong Buang (Crazy Pig)” by Keith Deligero.

There will be more than 30 short films from Bacolod (Bacollywood) Naga (Animahenasyon), Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Samar and Baguio.


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