Now on its 3rd edition, this year’s Cine Filipino Film Festival has Madonna Tarrayo, president of Unitel Straight Shooters Production, as festival director, and Joey Javier Reyes as head of competition. The festival will run from May 9-15 at select cinemas: Gateway, Greenbelt 1, SM Fairview, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall.
A diverse and mix stories of romance, comedy, drama, horror and action, are in store for cineastes and lovers of independent cinema in this year’s edition of Cine Filipino Filmfest. Living up to its motto “Story is King,” eight compelling stories that need to be told are showcased in the full-length category.
The Magic Eight (8) are:
- The Eternity Between Seconds It is about a Korean Filipino or Kopino who’s about to meet her Korean dad for the first time. By chance, she crosses path with a manic-depressive self-help Pinoy Author and motivational speaker at the Incheon airport in Korea and instantly makes a connection. Written and directed by Alec Figuracion (Bitukang Manok), the movie stars singer-composer Yeng Constantino and actor TJ Trinidad.
- Excuse Me Po A black comedy film that talks about an old woman who concocts various stories so she can swindle people. With the blurb “to live is to deceive,” this is a very relevant story in the age of fake news. Produced by Tara Illenberger, Jedd Dumaguina and TM Malones, and penned and directed by Ronald Batallones, the movie stars Elizabeth Oropesa as the deceitful old woman.
Produced by Tara Illenberger, Jedd Dumaguina, and TM Malones, it also stars Matt Daclan, Anna Luna, Angellie Nicholle Sanoy, Chanel la Torre, Sunshine Teodoro, Rener Concepcion, Shandii Bacolod, Dalin Sarmento, Emman dela Cruz, and Ricci Jereza.
- Mga Mister Ni Rosario A romantic comedy about a woman whose actor-husband has a hard time coping with all the weird characters he portrays while at home. In the cast are Joross Gamboa, Kate Alejandrino (lead), Kim Molina, Dax Carnay and Rap Robes. Written and directed by Allan Habon from the story concept of Jan Dormyl Espinosa.
- Hitboy An action-adventure flick, it talks about a young assassin who gets embroiled in a game of survival with his involvement in a gun for hire syndicate. In the title role is Adrian Cabido (2014 FAMAS Best Child Actor awardee for Mel Chionglo’s Lauriana). Supporting cast includes Mon Confiado, Soliman Cruz, Rea Molina, Juan Miguel Emmanuel Salvado, Paolo O’Hara and Rosanna Roces. Penned and directed by Bor Ocampo of the critically-acclaimed Dayang Asu.
- Mata Tapang (Brave) This dramedy-inspired by the filmmaker’s recollection of his own dad about a soldier who loses his left eye and his entire squad on a military mission, but gains a third eye to help his fallen brothers fulfil their life missions. Written and directed by Rod Marmol, the movie stars Edgar Allan Guzman, Aaron Villaflor, Jerald Napoles, Ritz Azul and Migs Almendras.
- Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalmus A story of four men in search of a mysterious girl whose lives are intertwined by destiny. Each one of them is longing for something they can’t quite put their hands on. Produced by Bianca Balbuena and Giancarlo Abrahan and written and directed by Dwein Baltazar (Mamay Umeng), the movie stars Nicco Manalo, Dylan Ray Talon, Soliman Cruz and Anthony Falcon.
- Poon (The Image) A horror film about a loyal church servant and her daughter who experience terrifying things after bringing a mysterious image of a saint into their home. Written and directed by Roni Benaid, the movie stars Glydel Mercado, Shy Carlos, Yayo Aguila, Mon Confiado, Rolando Inocencio, Chanel Latorre, Erlinda Villalobos, and Kriz Martinez.
- Delia And Sammy This family drama film is about an aging actress afflicted with cancer and wants to be reunited with the kids she got alienated before she dies, and leaving a husband who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Written and directed by Therese Cayaba, the movie marks the comeback of respected actress Rosemarie Gil. Lending stellar support are Jaime Fabregas, Nico Antonio, Dido de la Paz, Lui Manansala, Evan Tan and Anthony Falcon.
- Amusin Pa – Raiza Masculino (Mapua)
- Binata Na – Dexter Paul De Jesus (Bataan Peninsula State University)
- Happy Birthday, Mylene! 2023 Ka Na – Austin Tan (UP Diliman)
- Mark And Lenny – Gio Potes (UP Diliman)
- Rufyla – Coleen Tanco (College of Saint Benilde)
- Santa Nena – Tim Rone Bagnas Villanueva (College of Saint Benilde)
- Tugma – Joshua Martin Tayco (De La Salle University)
- Ate, Kuya, Gusto Kong Kape – MG Bayani
- Boyet Loves You – Josel Fajardo
- Duyan Ng Alon – Katrina Banaag
- Gabi Ng Kababalaghan – Stephen Lopez
- Lasingtunado – Miguel Fernandez
- Luisa At Guada – Jude Matanguihan
- Palabas – Arjanmar Rebeta
- Raw – Marko Eugenio Frondoza and Kathleen Gonzales
- Si Aponibolinayen Aw Mga Bato No (Si Aponibolinayen At Ang Mga Batang Lumilipad) – April Aspiras
- Siyudad Sa Bulawan (City Of Gold) – Jarell Serencio