10 Must-See Movies at Cinema One Originals 2015

The festival runs from November 9 to 17.

 

(SPOT.ph) November is going to be an awesome month for Manila moviegoers. Cinema One Originals is officially 10 years old, and they're celebrating with a diverse lineup of films that mirrors this year's tagline: "Kakaiba ka ba?" Expect an interesting list of compelling dramas, odd-ball comedies, and controversial themes in this year's film festival lineup.

 

Aside from the nine films in competition, Cinema One Originals will also screen short films, foreign films under the World Cinema list, and restored classic Filipino films. The festival runs from November 9 to 17 at SM Megamall, Trinoma, Glorietta, and Resorts World cinemas. We give you a list of 10 must-see movies you shouldn't miss.

 

 

Dahling Nick

Directed by: Sari Dalena

Stars: Raymond Bagatsing, Maria Isabel Lopez, and Alessandra de Rossi

Category: Film Competition

This docu-drama explores the life and contributions of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, who only accepted his award on the condition that the Marcos administration release an unjustly imprisoned writer.

 

 

The Assassin

Directed by: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Stars: Shu Qi and Chang Chen

Category: World Cinema

Set in 19th Century China, this thrilling action film revolves around an exiled assassin who must decide between love and duty when she is instructed to kill a man from her past.

 

 

The Comeback

Directed by: Ivan Andrew Payawal

Stars: Kaye Abad, Matt Evans, and Valeen Montenegro

Category: Film Competition

A has-been actress (Abad) loses everything and decides to end her life. Her suicide attempt is cut short when she receives a mysterious package that contains the ashes of a dead man.

 

 

Arabian Nights

Directed by: Miguel Gomes

Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Dinarte Branco, and Carlota Cotta

Category: World Cinema

This three-part epic is a fascinating collection of different stories loosely based on One Thousand and One Nights, a compilation of folk tales from the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa. (It is more popularly known as Arabian Nights, which includes the stories of Aladdin and Sinbad.) The film was screened in this year's Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

 

 

The Lobster

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and Lea Seydoux

Category: World Cinema

This film is a marriage of sci-fi, drama, and dark comedy which tells of a dystopian future where single people must find a romantic partner within 45 days, or be transformed into beasts and sent off into the woods.

 

 

Baka Siguro Yata

Directed by: Joel Ferrer

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Stars: Cherie Gil, Ricky Davao, and Dino Pastrano

Category: Film Competition

Baka Siguro Yata tells an odd-ball love story that spans three generations. At the center of it all is Carlo, an unambitious graphic designer whose heart gets broken, leading him to seek comfort with an old high-school classmate. Meanwhile, his separated parents rekindle their relationship by cheating on their respective partners.

 

 

Insiang

Directed by: Lino Brocka

Stars: Hilda Koronel, Mona Lisa, and Ruel Vernal

Category: Restored Classics

This 1976 classic drama from Lino Brocka zeroes in on a poverty-ridden woman's quest for revenge after she is raped by her mother's lover. It was the first Filipino film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

 

Manang Biring

Directed by: Carl Papa

Stars: Erlinda Villalobos and Mailes Kanapi

Category: Film Competition

This dramedy revolves around a feisty but terminally ill old lady who has learned to accept her imminent fate. One day, she receives a letter from her estranged daughter who promises to visit for Christmas. This leads her to go to great lengths to prolong her life.

 

 

Dayang Asu

Directed by: Bor Ocampo

Stars: Ricky Davao, Junjun Quintana, and Inna Tuason

Category: Film Competition

The drama pays homage to the local action movies of yesteryear, and centers on a father and son who are caught in the shadowy underworld of Manila.

 

 

Ikaw ay Akin

Directed by: Ishmael Bernal

Stars: Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, and Christopher De Leon

Category: Restored Classics

This 1978 film revolves around Tere (Aunor) and Rex (De Leon), whose long-term relationship is shattered when the latter meets the beautiful and liberal-minded Sandra (Santos).

 

For a complete list of films and screenings, visit Cinema One Originals' Facebook page.

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