Cinemalaya 2011: A Recap

Here is the list of the entries, from worst (which is a misnomer since all were watchable) to best, which I watched in this year’s Cinemalaya.

New Breed:
9. Teoriya. A wayward son searching for his father’s final resting place. Inconcistencies abound. I wish they fixed the script before they commenced shooting the movie.

8. Cuchera. A movie about drug mules. Reminds me of the Oscar-nominated film Maria Full of Grace. The film is sometimes excruciating to watch.

7. Bahay-Bata. A glimpse on the state of reproductive health in the country. I could not take my eyes off the screen.

6. Ligo na U, Lapit na Me. A romantic-comedy crowd-pleaser about friends with benefits or as my generation coined it – fubu (fuck buddies). I enjoyed the movie, laughed-out-loud on some scenes, but I’m not a fan.

5. iLibings. Glaiza de Castro is a revelation as a funeral videography intern. I wish it ended on the eulogy scene. Mas may dating sana.

4. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank. Eugene Domingo was one of the main reasons (the other is Chris Martinez, who wrote the screenplay) why I included this in my must-watch list. She does not disappoint. And that last scene is a classic. I might watch this again on its commercial run starting August 3.

3. Amok. It’s amazing how the director was able to pull off making a movie set on the streets of Pasay Rotonda. There is a bunch of colorful characters who meet their fate before the credits roll.

2. Nino. Read my review here.

1. Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa. Read my review here.

Directors Showcase:
3. Bisperas. This was a bit of a disappointment. I expected Jeffrey Jeturian to floor me with his latest movie after Kubrador but it was not to be. Julia Clarete shines.

2. Isda. Cherrie Pie Picache make us believe her unconditional love for his son – a fish. The middle part is pretty good but I wished it had ended differently.

1. Busong. A movie about the mysticism of Palawan. It is gorgeously shot too.

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8 Responses to Cinemalaya 2011: A Recap

  1. Hindi pa ako nakakapanood ng kahit na anong movies from Cinemalaya. [~~~] / wrist

  2. Wasn’t able to watch Amok and Ligo na U because of sheer exhaustion. Sana ipalabas pa sa ibang venues after ng sa UP, preferably weekends para maka-nood naman yung mga empleyado katulad ko. 😛

    Ang dami mo pala napanood. Naka-bili ka ng festival pass?

    • the scud says:

      Sayang di mo napanood ang Amok. Ang galing lang ng logistics ng pagkakagawa nun. I watched in gb3 lang. Walang festival pass dun. better seats and sound but mas may festival vive ang ccp. 🙂

  3. ewok1993 says:

    when you say cinemalaya, you don’t mean run of the mill for profit movies right? but are the films also shown on the same cinemas the regular movies are played and do they run only for certain time period?

    i wonder if these are available on netflix? is there a site where i can watch/stream fil movies online for free?

    • the scud says:

      they’re not run-of-the-mill movies. some of them are really good. it’s formally called cinemalaya independent film festival held in ccp (and now in greenbelt) and runs for a week.
      i don’t think they’re available on netflix though but some have been released as dvds.

  4. Sonia says:

    You’re right, Cuchera was excruciating to watch…hindi ko ma-take ang pain. Even the sound of the okra shredding. yikes. Panglibre na lang “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” na lang, para mapanas ang memory of the mule industry. thanks. 😀

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