I’ll jump right into it, I loved the movies this year. I can’t compare it to any other year because last year was my first to experience the festival and I was only able to watch a handful then.
I wasn’t expecting that I’d be able to watch any movies this year because I was supposed to fly back to Australia that exact week. Then, my schedule got a little rambled up and I ended up staying here. Though, I really was craving to be back in Oz, I was happy that at the loss of that trip I got to watch numerous entries!
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I was happy that with the little time that I got, I was still nurturing myself with the art of the industry I am in. To be able to observe all aspects of film, not restricting myself to acting, tingled a spark in me. I guess it’s my hidden desire to someday be behind the scenes of making a beautiful film.
My personal favorite was definitely “Mariquina”.
I thought it had the complete package. It pinched that spot in my heart that I dare not acknowledge or give life to. I bawled my eyes out at the part when Ricky Davao’s character was trying to eat his way through the sad reality that his wife had left him while his daughter, Imelda (played by Barbie Forteza [you were superb]), wondered where her mother had gone. And some more when young Imelda received that phone call, with Ricky Davao’s character in the foreground displaying his own cry of anguish. Even MORE when the adult Imelda (played by Mylene Dizon) comically brought herself to the centre of their town with her father’s friend, showing a yearning for security from a father figure, asking him to leave when they parked the car. Then showing how distraught she was from everything that had happened in her life. That exact moment her her body quivers from the woe she had been carrying all her life.
Not only did the storyline distinctively resonate with a few dear occurrences in my life but it was also, so wonderfully shot. The director had a clear image of his vision for this film. The editor (Hi Ben T) was magnificent with his transitions, allowing the emotions per scene to linger long enough so that the audience could feel it and then be prepared to move on with another emotion for the following scene. The scoring was on point. The makeup for the characters weren’t over the top and the prosthetics looked authentic! Kudos!
This film was just so perfect for me.
I know this post might be a little too late but what was your favorite Cinemalaya entry this year?
I wanted to watch everything but i only had one free day and everything else I wanted to watch was super sold out!
I thought the awards were given out fairly but of course, I wanted Mariquina to win more!!!!!!!!!!!!
And that controversy. Wow. I feel you filmmakers and producers.
My lovely director from Transit, Hannah Espia :)
The director of Mariquina, Milo Sogueco.
My favorite Filipina actress, my Ima, Irma Adlawan!!
Have a great week ahead everyone. 😘
What’s the point?
3x17 // 10x21
I wanna watch this already!!!
People asking babies to undertake adult workloads is one of my favourite things
And he’s just looking like, “Fuck out my face. Teletubbies is on, and you blocking the screen.”