Cinema One offers different film fare

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THE 13TH run of Cinema One Originals Festival entitled, Walang Takot (Fearless) features seven independent local films in the Narrative category, two documentaries, several foreign films, and restored films.

The festival will be showing in selected Metro Manila cinemas — TriNoma, Glorietta, Gateway, UP Cine Adarna, Cinema ’76, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines Cinemateque — from Nov. 13 to 21, with an extended run in PowerPlant Mall Cinemas from Nov. 22 to 28.

The films in competition in the Narrative Category (full-length features) are:

Changing Partners, directed by Dan Villegas, starring Agot Isidro, Anna Luna, Jojit Lorenzo, and Sandino Martin in a story of four individuals who experiences love and heartbreak. The film is an adaptation of Vincent A. de Jesus’ musical of the same name.

• Paki, directed by Giancarlo Abrahan and starring Dexter Doria, Noel Trinidad, Shamaine Buencamino, and Ricky Davao, is about an 80-year-old woman who decides to leave her husband of 60 years in order to live as an old maid though her children forbid her from doing so.

• Nay
, directed by Kip Oebanda, starring Enchong Dee and Sylvia Sanchez, is a supernatural thriller about a man who is turned into an aswang (a local version of a vampire) by his nanny.

Nervous Translation, directed by Shireen Seno, starring Jana Agoncillo and Sid Lucero, tells the story of a shy eight-year-old who finds a pen which can decode the thoughts of other people.

Si Chedeng at si Apple, directed by Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red, starring Gloria Diaz and Elizabeth Oropesa, is a dark comedy about two 60-somethings searching for a long-lost girlfriend while evading the law.

Throwback Today, directed by Joseph Teoxon, starring Carlo Aquino, follows a production designer who finds a glitch in his old desktop computer that makes it possible for him to rewrite his life.

Histographika Errata, directed by Richard Somes, features a disillusioned and suicidal Rizal, a cross-dressing Bonifacio who leaves the Katipunan to join the US Army, and a widow whose sex-for-food errands leads her to become the first-ever Makapili.

Cinema One will also be showing several restored classics including Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s Moral (1982), Jeffrey Sonora’s Asedillo (1971), Celso Ad Castillo’s Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw (1975), and Danny Zialcita’s Langis at Tubig (1980).

Foreign films to be shown include the Golden Bear-winning 2017 film On Body and Soul by Ildiko Enyedi, and the Palme D’Or-nominated Good Time by Ben and Josh Safdie. Cinema One Originals will also be showing a 4-D restoration of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

For more information on Cinema One Originals and the full schedule of screenings, visit