Countdown To Cinemanila: The Introduction

The Cinemanila International Film Festival kicks off in just three days.

The Cinemanila International Film Festival kicks off in just three days. Running from October 16 to 29, the festival will be host to about one hundred films from all around the world. And for the duration of the festival, ClickTheCity will be providing coverage for the whole shebang. On our Cinemanila special section, you will find blog-style articles for every day of the event, with capsule reviews, event commentary, reports from the seminars and master classes, and maybe even interviews with some the luminaries at the festival.

” style=”float:left;margin-right:10px;”>1. The Band’s Visit (Eran Kolirin, Israel)

An Egyptian police orchestra is sent to Israel for a cultural event. When they get there, it turns out that no arrangements have been made for transport to their destination. And when they do find a ride, they end up in the wrong town.

2. Lucky Miles (Michael James Rowland, Australia)

An Indonesian fishing boat leaves a group of Cambodian and Iraqi men on the Western Australian coast. The authorities round up most of them right away, but three men manage to escape. The three go on a journey through the Australian desert, driven by the promise of a bus past the dunes.

3. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, Philippines)

The film is a meditation on love and sadness, portraits of people trying to come to grips with the reality of sadness in this world.

4. Night Bus (Kiumars Pourahmad, Iran)

Three Iranians are tasked to cross the desert in a bus carrying thirty-eight Iraqi prisoners.

5. The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela (Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, Iceland/Philippines/France/Thailand)

Raquela, a transsexual from Cebu, dreams of leaving the island and living in Paris. To this end, Raquela decides to become an internet porn star.

” style=”float:left;margin-right:10px;”>1. 12 Lotus (Royston Tan, Singapore)

A talented singer finds that her success cannot make up for the love and acceptance she is missing from her loved ones.

2. Adela (Adolf Alix, Philippines)

Adela, a former radio star, is celebrating her eightieth birthday. She tries to treat it like any other day, but she cannot run away from her loneliness.

3. The Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (Edwin, Indonesia)


A surreal take on the intricacies of the lives of the Indonesian-Chinese. An Indonesian Chinese family tries to get by in a society that doesn’t love them.

4. Confessional (Jerrold Tarog and Ruel Dahis Antipuesto, Philippines)

A documentarian goes to Cebu to capture the Sinulog Festival on film, only to find his camera pointed in the direction of a local politician who wants to confess all his sins.

5. Flower in the Pocket (Liew Seng Tat, Malaysia)

Two motherless boys attempt to reach out to their workaholic father by adopting a puppy.

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Digital Lokal:

1. Ala Pobre ala Suerte (Briccio Santos)

A young girl travels to a government housing project near a railway to learn of her father’s tragic death, and the strange miracle that keeps the community together.

2. Carnivore (Ato Bautista)

A young man from the provinces goes to Manila and joins an infamous fraternity, dreaming of making it big. But as his initiation goes on, he is driven further and further into the depths of darkness.

3. Imburnal (Sherad Anthony Sanchez)

A coming-of-age story about two kids who gain an education in love and desire as they observe people at the broken waters where the river meets the sea.

4. Ang Manghuhula (Paolo Herras)

A failed fortune teller returns to her hometown to save her daughter from the fate she herself escaped: to be the town’s next fortune teller. But in order to save her, she is forced to use the gifts that she has been running away from all these years.

5. Next Attraction (Raya Martin)

A look behind the scenes of an ongoing short film production set in the city center that was once a glorious part of town. The short film is about a teenager who runs away from home, and has his first sexual experience as he wanders around the city.

6. Sisa (CJ Andaluz)

A retelling of Dr. Jose Rizal’s immortal novel, Noli Me Tangere, told from the point of view of Sisa, the tragic mother figure of those stories.

And that’s just a fraction of what’s going to be shown at the festival. Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some of the other films you’re going to see.

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