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The 12th Cinemalaya Film Festival on Sunday, August 7

Sunday, August 7, at the 12th Cinemalaya Film Festival offers three gala premieres, award winning indie films from China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, prize winning Philippine indie films and the Ika-28th Gawad CCP para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video.

Entries in  the Shorts B group- Butas by Richard Cawed, Ang Hapon ni Nanding by Rommel Tolentino, Get Certified by Isaias Zantua, Fish Out of Water by Mon Al Garilao and Forever Natin by Cyrus Valdez-will have their gala premiere at 3:30 pm at the CCP Main Theater.    This group of shorts covers subject matter ranging from the life of a female miner in the Benguet mountains, a middle-aged man’s lazy afternoons at a farm,  a Korean-Filipino teenager’s struggles to fit in,  life after death and becoming a demon,  and two women in a same-sex relationship.

Mercury is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana, an entry in the full length feature category, makes its gala premiere at 6:15 at the CCP Main Theater.  In the film, a cook, played by popular comedienne Pokwang, is about to close down her failing eatery when a young white American man, played by Bret Jackson , approaches her and begs for work in exchange for shelter.

Lando at Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr., an entry in the full length feature category, holds its gala premiere at 9 pm at the CCP Main Theater.  Set in Camiguin Island, Mindanao, the film centers on Lando, a lapida maker, and his 15 year old son Bugoy. Disrespected by Bugoy, Lando, a high school dropout, tries to solve this problem by returning to school which only makes his son hate him even more. Amidst the struggle between them, an unexpected event changes everything.

Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching by Inna Miren Salazar Acuna and Dos Ocampo and Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover will be screened at the CCP Little Theater at 10 am and 12:45 pm respectively.  These two films are competing in the full length feature category.  Five shorts in competition in the Shorts A grouping (Bugtaw, Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata, Mansyong Papel, Nakauwi Na and Pektus) will be screened at 6:15 pm at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute.

The Visions of Asia section features Kazakhstan’s Stranger by Yermek Tursunov (12:45 pm, CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute), China’s River Road by Li Ruijun (3:30 pm, CCP Little Theater), and Kyrgyzstan’s Under Heaven by Dalmira Tilepbergen (3:30 pm, CCP Tanghalang Batute).

In the Indie Nation section, two films by Gabby Fernandez-A Day With Grace and Mana (Inheritance) -at 6:15pm and Luisito Ignacio’s Laut  at 9 pm will be screened at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.

A 16-minute short film, A Day With Grace, is a day for redemptions and transformations and more importantly, it is about a woman’s courage to do whatever it takes to be able to move on. 

In Mana, a family is confronted with issues of inheritance, tradition and the family legacy as their matriarch lies at her deathbed.

Laut depicts the plight of young bride and the life of a village uprooted from the seas of Zamboanga to the lahar deserts of Pampanga. 

Echorsis by Lemuel Lorca will be featured in the Rainbow section of Cinemalaya at 9 pm at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute. More than a spoof of The Exorcist, Echorsis (echos!) is a comedic examination of our gender biases, a hilarious parody of our religious bigotry, and a cautionary tale of possession--of the demons we call Demon, and the daimon we call love.

Entries to the Ika-28 Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video will be screened free of charge from 10 am-9 pm at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas.  Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

Catch the Cinemalaya films at the CCP and Ayala Theaters -- Greenbelt 1 and Glorietta 4, Makati, Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, and UP Town Center, Quezon City and Solenad, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In Cebu, Cinemalaya will be held at the Ayala Center Cinema on August 9-14.

For more information, visit www.cinemalaya.org or www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya Facebook page or CCP Media Arts at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704. 

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