Watch the 12th Cinemanila International Film Festival, December 1 to 5

See the toasts of the local indie scene and award-winning flicks from the Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Pusan film festivals.

Catch the 12th Cinemanila International Film Festival from December 1 to 5 at the Robinsons Movieworld Galleria, Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City. The festival will showcase about 50 international and local movies, including indie and award-winning films previously shown in festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Pusan.

Pinoy Sunday, directed by Cannes winner Wi Ding Ho, will be opening the festival. The film tells the story of Manuel (Epi Quizon) and Dado (Bayani Agbayani), two Filipino OFWs in Taiwan who discover a discarded sofa one Sunday in Taipei, which transforms their normal Sunday into a tale of adventure, perseverance, and self-discovery. Pinoy Sunday won the Industry Award for Narrative Feature at the 2010 Taipei International Film Festival.

Meanwhile, John Sayles’ Amigo (previously titled Baryo) has been chosen as the festival’s closing film on December 5. Amigo, which was shot entirely in the Philippines and has already graced a number of film festivals abroad, tells the story of a group of Philippine villagers dealing with the US invasion in 1900 while still recovering from the  rebellion against Spain.

On opening night, Cinemanila will also honor the King of Philippine Comedy, Dolphy, with a Lifetime Achievement Award--an award previously presented to screenwriter Paul Schrader in 2009, and film director Quentin Tarantino in 2007, among others.

The festival will also feature workshops, seminars and master classes.


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