10 Must-See International Films at QCinema 2016

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(SPOT.ph) In case you didn't already hear, it's film festival season in Manila! The latest festival to satisfy avid movie fans is the Quezon City International Film Festival. Now on its fourth year, QCinema's competition includes 13 feature films, eight shorts, and six features under its new Asian Next Wave category.


The festival runs from October 13 to 22 at Trinoma, Gateway Mall, Robinsons Galleria, and UP Town Center. It will also be hosting special screenings of diverse foreign films that have all been lauded in the international film circuit. We round up the ones you shouldn't miss.


Screening schedules subject to change without prior notice.



The Handmaiden

Director: Park Chan-Wook

Country: South Korea

Schedule: October 13 at 6 p.m. (Gateway); October 17 at 6 p.m. (Trinoma); and October 22 at 8:30 p.m. (Trinoma)


This Cannes Film Festival winner from acclaimed South Korean director Park Chan-Wook is a psychological thriller set in the '30s. A con man hires a pickpocket to become the handmaiden of an heiress in order to seduce her out of her inheritance. Things get complicated when the heiress starts to fall for her maid.



Under The Shadow

Director: Babak Anvari

Country: Iran/U.K.

Schedule: October 17 at 8:30 p.m. (Trinoma); October 18 at 9 p.m. (UP Town Center); and October 21 at 9 p.m. (Gateway)


As a mother and daughter try to live amid the chaos of '80s war-torn Tehran, a mysterious and terrifying supernatural force begins to haunt their home.




Director: Piotr J. Lewandowski

Country: Germany


Schedule: October 14 at 4 p.m. (Galleria); October 15 at 1 p.m. (Trinoma); and October 17 at 4 p.m. (Gateway)


Screened during the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, it revolves around an emotionally volatile young man named Jonathan, who cares for his dying father. He soon uncovers a secret that his father has been harboring from him for years.



One Week and a Day

Director: Asaph Polonsky

Country: Israel

Schedule: October 16 at 8:30 p.m. (Trinoma); October 18 at 1:30 p.m. (UP Town Center); and October 20 at 1:30 p.m. (Gateway)


This gripping drama depicts the heart-wrenching woes of an Israeli couple as they cope with the loss of their child. The grieving father steals medical marijuana from a local hospice while refusing to go to work. Meanwhile, his wife struggles to return to her daily routine.

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The Ornithologist

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues

Country: Portugal

Schedule: October 14 at 8:30 p.m. (Trinoma); October 18 at 4 p.m. (UP Town Center); and October 21 at 4 p.m. (Gateway)


A modern-day reimagining of the myth of Saint Anthony of Padua, it zeroes in on a bird-watcher whose search for a rare bird leads to a dangerous and enlightening journey. The film has already made its rounds at Locarno Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival.



Spa Night

Director: Andrew Ahn

Country: U.S.A.

Schedule: October 14 at 9 p.m. (Galleria); October 16 at 6 p.m. (Trinoma); and October 20 at 9 p.m. (Gateway)


Spa Night is an atmospheric and provocative look at one young man's sexual awakening when he chances upon a job at an all-male spa.





Director: Boo Junfeng

Country: Singapore

Schedule: October 16 at 6 p.m. (Gateway); and October 19 at 1 p.m. (Gateway)


Screened at the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Apprentice is a daring glimpse at Singapore's complicated ties with capital punishment through the eyes of a Malay correctional officer.



Solo, Solitude

Director: Yosep Anggi Noen

Country: Indonesia

Schedule: October 17 at 3:30 p.m. (Gateway); and October 20 at 8:30 p.m. (Galleria)


It's July 1996, and riots are happening all across Jakarta. When a well-known poet named Wiji Thukul is suspected of activism, he is forced to go into hiding in Brunei.



Old Stone

Director: Johnny Ma

Country: China

Schedule: October 16 at 3:30 p.m. (Gateway); and October 19 at 1:30 p.m. (UP Town Center)


This heart-pounding thriller is about a taxi driver who figures in an accident and is found liable for the victim's medical bills. His selfless act quickly becomes a nightmare of bureaucratic indifference and blood-drenched drama. The film was screened at the Berlin Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.




Director: Ralitza Petrova

Country: Bulgaria

Schedule: October 14 at 9 p.m. (UP Town Center); October 19 at 6:30 p.m. (UP Town Center); and October 20 at 6:30 p.m. (Gateway)


This Golden Leopard winner is about a young, struggling physiotherapist in an economically depressed town. Her life changes when she forms an unlikely friendship with one of her elderly patients.

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