The SPOT.ph Guide to QCinema International Film Festival 2017

See over 20 different new films this month!

 

(SPOT.ph) We often associate October with creepy horrors and Halloween costumes, but for movie fans in Manila, the spooky month also ushers in a long-time favorite: the QCinema International Film Festival.

 

Now on its fifth year and with memorable movies like Sleepless, Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B, and Patay Na Si Hesus under its belt, QCinema’s 2017 iteration features an exciting roster of over 20 new films. From must-see independent cinema to buzz-worthy foreign titles, there’s something for every curious movie fan.

 

Here is everything you need to know for QCinema 2017, which runs from October 19 to 28.

 

Ticket Information

QCinema will be screening films at the following cinemas: Gateway Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Trinoma, UP Town Center, and Cinematheque Centre Manila. Tickets cost P150 a movie, which can be purchased at the cinema.

 

If you’re serious about binge-watching this year, you can opt for a festival pass, which entitles entrance to either five (P830) or 10 (P1,640) movies and comes with special freebies. Purchase your pass online and redeem your tickets at the QCinema desk in the cinema lobby of your choice.

 

Opening and Closing Film

QCinema will open with the advanced Philippine premiere of Loving Vincent, and close with a digitally restored screening of 1982’s Batch ’81.

 

 

Loving Vincent

Directed by: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman

Screening schedule: October 23 at 9 p.m. (UP Town Center) and October 24 at 3:30 p.m. (Gateway)

 

Dubbed as the “world's first fully painted feature film,” the film follows the life of 19th Century Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh through letters, paintings, and fictional interviews—all beautifully done in oil paint!

 

 

Batch ’81

Directed by: Mike De Leon

Screening schedule: October 28 at 9 p.m. (Trinoma)

 

One of veteran filmmaker Mike De Leon’s most recognizable—and memorable—films, Batch ’81 centers on the vicious cycle of brutality in a fraternity through the eyes of neophyte recruits.

 

Circle Competition

There are a total of eight original entries in this year’s competition with stories that span across genres. Here are the four you shouldn’t miss.

 

 

Neomanila

Directed by: Mikhail Red

Screening schedule: October 20 at 8:30 p.m. (Gateway); October 21 at 6 p.m. (Gateway); October 22 at 9 p.m. (Galleria); October 23 at 4 p.m. (Gateway) and 9 p.m. (Galleria); October 25 at 9 p.m. (Galleria); October 26 at 4 p.m. (UP Town Center) and 9 p.m. (Trinoma); October 27 at 3:30 p.m. (Gateway) and 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma); and October 28 at 4 p.m. (Galleria)

 

A teenage orphan named Toto is recruited by a notorious death squad, led by a woman named Irma (Eula Valdez), Their familial bond is put to the test when one of their targets turns out to be a familiar face.

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Medusae

Directed by: Pam Miras

Screening schedule: October 20 at 9 p.m. (Galleria); October 22 at 1 p.m. (Galleria) and 6 p.m. (Gateway); October 23 at 4 p.m. (UP Town Center) and 9 p.m. (Trinoma); October 24 at 6 p.m. (Gateway); October 25 at 6 p.m. (Gateway); October 26 at 1:30 p.m. (Galleria); October 27 at 6:30 p.m. (Galleria); and October 28 at 6 p.m. (Gateway)

 

A documentarist’s son mysteriously goes missing when she investigates a story on the disappearances of the firstborns in a remote island. Things quickly get creepy when she discovers a cult and her son’s abductor—who looks exactly like her.

 

 

Dormitoryo (Mga Walang Katapusang Kwarto)

Directed by: Emerson Reyes

Screening schedule: October 20 at 6:30 p.m. (Gateway); October 21 at 8:30 p.m. (Gateway); October 23 at 8:30 p.m. (Gateway); October 24 at 4 p.m. (UP Town Center); October 26 at 1:30 p.m. (UP Town Center) and 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma); October 27 at 1 p.m. (Gateway) and 9 p.m. (Trinoma); and October 28 at 1:30 p.m. (Galleria)

 

This intimate dramedy revolves around the colorful lives of eight residents of a dormitory. The ensemble cast includes Ces Quesada, Charles Salazar, Vandolph Quizon, Kate Alejandrino, Jun Sabayton, and Wowie De Guzman.

 

 

The Chanters

Directed by: James Robin M. Mayo

Screening schedule: October 21 at 6:30 p.m. (Galleria); October 22 at 1 p.m. (Gateway) and 3:30 p.m. (Galleria); October 23 at 1 p.m. (Galleria); October 24 at 1:30 p.m. (UP Town Center) and 6:30 p.m. (Trinoma); October 25 at 3:30 p.m. (Gateway); October 26 at 9 p.m. (Galleria); October 27 at 4 p.m. (UP Town Center); and October 28 at 3:30 p.m. (Gateway)

 

This comedy-drama centers on Sarah Mae, a 12-year-old girl and granddaughter of the last “chanter” of the Panay Bukidnon tribe. When her grandfather begins to suffer from dementia, she is tasked to complete the remaining 12 epics, their tribe’s rapidly vanishing tradition.

 

Asian Next Wave

This section puts the spotlight on up-and-coming filmmakers from across Asia to showcase their talents. There are a total of six films under this category, but here are the four titles you need to make time for.

 

 

Dragonfly Eyes

Directed by: Bing Xu (China)

Screening schedule: October 23 at 4 p.m. (Trinoma); October 27 at 4 p.m. (Gateway); and October 28 at 9 p.m. (UP Town Center)

 

Chinese installation artist Bing Xu’s ambitious debut film makes use of over 10,000 hours of real surveillance videos and edits them to tell a story voiced by actors.

 

 

In Between Seasons

Directed by: Lee Dong-Eun (South Korea)

Screening schedule: October 24 at 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma); October 26 at 6:30 p.m. (Gateway); and October 27 at 6:30 p.m. (UP Town Center)

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This emotional drama follows a single mother who, in the midst of caring for her hospitalized son, discovers a long-kept secret about him.

 

 

KFC

Directed by: Le Binh Giang (Vietnam)

Screening schedule: October 22 at 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma); October 25 at 4 p.m. (Gateway); and October 26 at 6:30 p.m. (UP Town Center)

 

In this jaw-dropping body horror, a small house in Hanoi has been converted into a theater-slash-torture chamber led by a necrophiliac doctor and his overweight son, who is addicted to human flesh.

 

 

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Directed by: Mouly Surya (Indonesia)

Screening schedule: October 23 at 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma); October 27 at 6:30 p.m. (Gateway); and October 28 at 6:30 p.m. (UP Town Center)

 

To flee from her attackers, a young widow kills several of them and embarks on a journey of redemption—that is, until the ghost of one of the men she killed begins to haunt her. This film was Indonesia’s first-ever entry to the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors Fortnight section; it was later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

 

RainbowQC

Telling the diverse and colorful stories of the LGBTQ+ community, this category features six films from across the world, including the Philippines, U.S., and Japan. Here are the three titles you need to watch for.

 

 

Mga Gabing Kasinghaba ng Hair Ko

Directed by: Gerardo Calagui (Philippines)

Screening schedule: October 21 at 6 p.m. (Galleria); October 22 at 6:30 p.m. (Gateway); and October 28 at 1 p.m. (Galleria)

 

This story revolves around three transgender women as they try to find love, family, and acceptance in the seedy red light district of Manila. The film recently held its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in Korea.

 

 

Beach Rats

Directed by: Eliza Hittman (U.S.)

Screening schedule: October 20 at 8:30 p.m. (Galleria); October 21 at 4 p.m. (Gateway); and October 25 at 1 p.m. (Galleria)

 

A rebellious teenager living in the outer edges of Brooklyn tries to escape the bleakness of his life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. He is soon torn between his lifestyle of hooking up with guys, and his budding relationship with a young woman.

 

 

Signature Move

Directed by: Jennifer Reeder (U.S.)

Screening schedule: October 21 at 8:30 p.m. (Galleria); October 24 at 6:30 p.m. (Gateway); and October 28 at 3:30 p.m. (Galleria)

 

In this critically acclaimed indie drama, a Muslim lesbian finds herself falling in love with Alma, a Mexican woman who also happens to be a wrestler.

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Screen International

If you closely follow the international awards circuit, you’ll likely recognize these movies that have made the rounds in prestigious festivals around the world.

 

 

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Directed by: Robin Campillo (France)

Screening schedule: October 21 at 9 p.m. (Gateway); October 24 at 9 p.m. (UP Town Center); and October 27 at 3:30 p.m. (Galleria)

 

Set in the '90s, BPM centers on a young man named Nathan, who joins an AIDS activist group in Paris. There, he takes on ineffective government agencies and greedy pharmaceutical companies—all while falling in love with Sean, who views activism in a more radical way.

 

 

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos (U.K. and Ireland)

Screening schedule: October 21 at 6:30 p.m. (Gateway); October 24 at 6:30 p.m. (UP Town Center); and October 27 at 1 p.m. (Galleria)

 

In this psychological horror-thriller, Colin Farrell stars as Dr. Stephen Murphy, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon living a seemingly idyllic life with his wife (Nicole Kidman). The illusion is shattered when a fatherless teen stumbles on his doorstep and disrupts his life in unsettling ways. This film was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the recent Cannes Film Festival, where it also won Best Screenplay.

 

 

Loveless

Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia)

Screening schedule: October 22 at 4 p.m. (Gateway); October 25 at 9 p.m. (UP Town Center); and October 28 at 8:30 p.m. (Galleria)

 

In this eerie Cannes entry, an estranged Russian couple going through a divorce are forced to work together when their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights.

 

 

The Square

This satirical film centers on a respected art curator as he tries (and fails) to set up a new art installation about altruism. Things get even worse when he hires a PR agency to handle the event. The movie stars Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang, and Dominic West. The Square won a Palme d’Or at Cannes, where it was also nominated for Best Actress and Jury Prize trophies.

 

Before Midnight

In this section, expect a roster of unrated and controversial films meant to shock and surprise daring audiences.

 

 

Revenge

Directed by: Coralie Fargeat (France)

Screening schedule: October 24 at 9 p.m. (Gateway); October 27 at 8:30 p.m. (Galleria); and October 28 at 9 p.m. (Gateway)

 

Three wealthy, married men learn a brutal and very bloody lesson when one of them takes his mistress on their annual hunting trip.

 

 

68 Kill

Directed by: Trent Haaga (U.S.)

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Screening schedule: October 20 at 9 p.m. (Gateway); October 24 at 8:30 p.m. (Galleria); and October 25 at 9 p.m. (Gateway)

 

In this ultra-violent crime film, a hapless man (Matthew Gray Gubler) gets the surprise of his life when he realizes his girlfriend (AnnaLynne McCord) has been supplementing their income with the help of a sugar daddy. Things get even more complicated when she suggests stealing from him.

 

 

A Prayer Before Dawn

Directed by: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire (France and U.K.)

Screening schedule: October 23 at 9 p.m. (Gateway); October 26 at 8:30 p.m. (Galleria); and October 27 at 9 p.m. (Gateway)

 

Initially screened in the Midnight Screenings section of Cannes, this action-drama is based on the true story of Billy Moore, who survives the brutal Thai prisons by training to become a Muay Thai boxer.

 

 

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)

Directed by: Eva Husson (France)

Screening schedule: October 22 at 9 p.m. (Gateway); October 25 at 8:30 p.m. (Galleria); and October 26 at 9 p.m. (Gateway)

 

In this steamy drama, two young girls turn their after-school hangouts into group hookups, as they kickstart an orgy trend at their school.

 

Digitally Remastered Series

QCinema is also paying homage to the best films of yesteryear. There are six digitally restored classics to choose from, but here are three that you can’t miss.

 

 

 

High School Scandal

Directed by: Gil Portes (Philippines)

Screening schedule: October 20 at 9 p.m. (UP Town Center); October 26 at 6 p.m. (Galleria); and October 27 at 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma)

 

In this newly restored 1981 classic, Gina Alajar and Sandy Andolong play high-school seniors whose respective complicated relationships bring even more drama into their lives.

 

 

Karma

Directed by: Danny Zialcita (Philippines)

Screening schedule: October 21 at 6:30 p.m. (UP Town Center); October 27 at 4 p.m. (Trinoma); and 6 p.m. (Galleria)

 

Vilma Santos portrays Sarah, who is forced to move her wedding when her scheduled flight is delayed. She decides to stay in a hotel where she meets Eric (Ronaldo Valdez), who causes some serious problems in her future marriage to Alfred (Tommy Abuel). The late director Danny Zialcita blends intense drama with rapid-fast dialogue and themes of fate and reincarnation.

 

 

All About My Mother

Directed by: Pedro Almodovar (Spain)

Screening schedule: October 21 at 9 p.m. (UP Town Center); October 25 at 1:30 p.m. (Trinoma); and October 28 at 1:30 p.m. (Gateway)

 

In this 1999 classic, Pedro Almodovar weaves an engrossing family drama centering on Esteban, an aspiring writer, and his mother, Manuela, who desperately tries to keep his father’s identity a secret.

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For the full list of movies, screening schedules, and more information, log on to QCinema International Film Festival’s official website.

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