(SPOT.ph) When life hits you with too much at one time, it gets difficult to stop, take a breather, and appreciate the things around you. Or in this case, above you—it's free to look at the stars, and yet there seems to be no time for it. December may be full of work and endless Christmas shopping, but if you're looking to unwind with a good film without breaking the bank, we have good news for you: the Cultural Center of the Philippines is hosting Cinema Under the Stars at the CCP Front Lawn from December 13 to 15, starting at 6 p.m. The best part? Admission is free!
Here are some of the Cinemalaya films you can catch during Cinema Under the Stars:
Pan De Salawal (2018)
This Cinemalaya entry starring Bodjie Pascua and Miel Espinoza follows baker Sal, who at his old age, lives alone and experiences great body pain. All of that changes when he encounters a little girl named Aguy who seems to be able to take away people's pain.
Vilma Santos playing an extra in a movie seems impossible given her filmography and skill, but this film toys with that idea. The veteran actress plays Loida Malabanan, an aspiring actress who spends most of her time playing the "extra," or roles in the background. The film is a cheeky take on life behind the scenes of moviemaking and production, and offers some cut-throat social commentary on marginalized laborers, hierarchies, and exploitation.
Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (2011)
Another tongue-in-cheek jab at the film industry, this 2011 Cinemalaya entry stars Eugene Domingo as an exaggerated version of herself as an actress. With the hopes of creating an award-winning independent film, she moves mountains just to nail her role.
Aside from the selection of Cinemalaya films and Gawad Alternatibo entries you can you watch, you can also catch performances from Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.'s Tribu and the Philippine Women's University Indayog Gongs.
If you love seeing parols during the holiday season, you'll also get to witness a light show in the form of Sinag: A Festival of Radiance, a large-scale lantern installation, which is a collaboration between Toym de Leon Imao Jr., the Quiwa family, and the lantern makers of Pampanga.
In case you missed it, entrance is free! Here's their schedule so you can plan your starry viewing session accordingly:
The Cultural Center of the Philippines is at Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP Media Arts Division's Facebook page.
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