Catch Digitally Restored Ishmael Bernal Classics This Weekend

There will also be a forum about the director, too!

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(SPOT.ph) New movie releases may come and go, but classics never go out of style. You now have the chance to watch some timeless Filipino films this weekend, as Cinema Centenario, Everything’s Fine, and ABS-CBN Film Restoration present Call Him Ishmael: Bernal Restored, a series of screenings for three digitally restored classic films by the highly respected director and National Artist Ishmael Bernal. It happens this Sunday, July 29, 1 p.m. onwards, at the Cinema Centenario in Quezon City. Tickets are priced at P200 per film screening. 

Call Him Ishmael seeks to showcase the retrospective works of the acclaimed filmmaker. Cinema Centenario will also be hosting a free forum about Bernal on the same day at 4 p.m., with writer Katrina Stuart-Santiago of Gaslight.ph and Aristotle Atienza of the Young Critics Circle discussing the director’s legacy. Bernal’s “anti-biography," ProBernal AntiBio, written by Jorge Arago and Angela Stuart-Santiago will also be sold for P1,000 at the venue.

Check out the classic Ishmael Bernal films that will be screened below:

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Pagdating Sa Dulo (1971)

Starring: Rita Gomez, Vic Vargas
Screening schedule: 9 p.m.

Chin is a struggling dancer who gets her big break as the movie star Paloma Miranda. Together with her boyfriend Pinggoy, who similarly rose to fame as a sexy actor, they navigate the sleazy, cut-throat world of show business.

Ikaw Ay Akin (1978)

Starring: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Nora Aunor
Screening schedule: 6:30 p.m.

A romantic drama of epic proportions starring the biggest stars of the decade, Ikaw Ay Akin tells the story of a man struggling with guilt after having an affair with another woman. He must eventually choose between his long-time girlfriend or his passionate mistress.

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Himala (1982)

Starring: Nora Aunor, Laura Centeno, Ama Quiambao
Screening schedule: 1 p.m.

In the sleepy town of Cupang, a local girl named Elsa starts to manifest healing powers after an alleged encounter with the Blessed Virgin. The town starts to revere Elsa as a Messiah-like figurehead, and exploits her popularity to the point of capitalism and corruption.


Call Him Ishmael: Bernal Restored is happening this Sunday, July 29 at Cinema Centenario, 95 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Cinema Centenario’s Facebook page or RSVP to the event’s Facebook page.

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