10 films to watch at Cinemanila 2009

Cinemanila 2009, starting on October 15, brings together fresh local picks and films from prestigious film festivals, including Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

The 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival, a celebration of local and international films, will be held this month at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Starting October 15, the festival will showcase over 80 films which include local stand-outs and fresh favorites from prestigious festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance and Pusan. SPOT.ph lists 10 films to include in your Cinemanila must-watch list:


1. Biyaheng Lupa

October 19, Monday   
8 p.m.
Market! Market! Cinema 6

October 23, Friday       
4:30p.m.
Market! Market! Cinema 6

Award-winning scriptwriter, Armando "Bing" Lao, takes the role of movie director in Biyaheng Lupa, a film about passengers aboard a bus, each with a story to share. The film chronicles the inner lives of people as they face love, life and death, with veteran actors Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Eugene Domingo and Coco Martin.



irenejordan2. Irene F**king Jordan

October 18, Sunday
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Bonifacio High Street (Outdoor Screening)

October 23, Friday
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Fully Booked U-View

If you loved Ricky Lee's novel Para Kay B, you will like Paolo Herras' Irene F**king Jordan. An excerpt from one of Lee's love stories in the novel, the film revolves around Jordan and Irene, childhood sweethearts who reconnect years later. Jordan meets Irene again, not realizing that the woman who seduced him is the girl he promised to marry.






3. Waiting Shed by Ely Buendia

October 17, Saturday
8:30-10:30   p.m.
Bonifacio High Street (Outdoor Screening)

October 23, Friday
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Fully Booked U-View

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With Waiting Shed, Ely Buendia fulfills his dream of making a short film, produced with his longtime partner and manager Diane Ventura. With the assistance of Tikoy and Anima Aguiluz of Cinemanila in 2008, the film is about a nurse who spends her time in a waiting shed.


stations14. Stations

October 17, Saturday
8:30-10:30   p.m.
Bonifacio High Street (Outdoor Screening)

October 23, Friday
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Fully Booked U-View

Stations explores the layers of society and opens issues of morality by using locations as poignant backdrops to the story. Director Emmanuel Quindo Palo, whose recent works include I Will Survive (2004) and Abandonada (2000), he includes dysfunctional relationships and characters who are unable to fit into the world around them.






limang-libo15. Limang Libo

October 17, Saturday
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Bonifacio High Street (Outdoor Screening)

October 23, Friday
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Fully Booked U-View

Director Ice Idanan's Limang Libo puts the focus on two individuals, Susan and Manuel, whose paths cross because of an accident that threatens the lives of Manuel's wife and unborn child.

Originally the young director's thesis film while still a student at the University of the Philippines, Limang Libo was screened at Mogwai Cinematique and at the 1st Pandayang Lino Brocka Film Festival.





6. Ang Beerhouse

October 18, Sunday
8:40 p.m.
Market! Market! Cinema 6

October 20, Tuesday
5:30 p.m.        
Market! Market! Cinema 6

A satire and a black comedy with zany characters that mirror people in contemporary society, Ang Beerhouse tells the story of the lives of a corrupt boss, his power-hungry henchmen, seductive sirens, the underdogs and the muses, all set against a carnivalesque bar.

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7.   69 1/ 2

October 16, Friday
6:30 p.m.
Market! Market! Cinema 6

October 19, Monday
4:30 p.m.       
Market! Market! Cinema 6

69  ½ is the story of how money pushes people to compromise, by businessman Ted Manotoc. The film's characters, an aspiring filmmaker and his best friend, refuse to compromise artistic integrity when asked to make a pornographic film. Needing the money badly, the duo attempts to produce an "artistic pornographic musical" instead, with hilarious consequences.




8. Inglourious Basterds

October 16, Friday
8 p.m.
Market! Market!   Cinema 7

Quentin Tarantino fans will be ecstatic about Inglourious Basterd's inclusion in this year's Cinemanila. The film weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of World War II:   Shosanne Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of a Nazi colonel, then flees to Paris with a new identity. Elsewhere in Europe, a lieutenant organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers, later known as the "basterds," to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution.



uwan9. Uwan Init Pista sa Langit

October 17, Saturday
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Bonifacio High Street (Outdoor Screening)

October 21, Wednesday
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Fully Booked U-View

An entry for the South East Asian Shorts Competition, Uwan Init Pista sa Langit is a film in Cebuano that explores the tale of a young sculptor and a stripper, who are forced to face their differences when Rudy, the sculptor, rescues Tootsie, the stripper, after a police raid.

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10. Mammoth

October 17, Saturday
7:00 p.m.
Market! Market! Cinema 5

October 19, Monday
3:15 p.m.
Market! Market! Cinema 7

A successful New York couple played by Gael Garcia Bernal (Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mama Tambien) and Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) are too busy with their careers. Their eight-year-old daughter spends more time with her Filipino nanny, Gloria, and the family finds their life turned upside down as they try to dramatically change their lives.


All screenings are at P120.00; student price is P 100.00.

Click here to see the complete screening schedule.

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