With the tagline, “I Am Original,” movies that speak about the struggles, the victories, the joys and the pains of living are the featured films in the full-length film category in this year’s edition.
When it comes to innovativeness and boldness of themes, C1 (Cinemaone) Originals is one of the country’s local festivals that reigns supreme. Now on its 14th year, it is once again paving the way for directors and producers to bring stories that are moving, relevant and most of all, original into the big screen.
A Short History of Few Bad Things by returning director Keith Deligero is described as the most straightforward, a noir procedural that has socio-political underpinnings. (Deligero was hailed as Best Director in Cinema One Originals 2016 for the movie Lily). Victor Neri, Jay Gonzaga and Publio Briones III are the main stars of the said entry.
Another interesting entry to watch is Asuang by Raynier Brizuela, which is described as an odd superhero inversion kind of film. Cast includes Alwyn Uytingco, Chai Fonacier, Jon Lucas and Natileigh Marie Therese Sitoy.
Brace yourself for Charliebebs Gohetia’s Bagyong Bheverlyn, a laugh out loud comedy about the story of a heartbroken woman with a super typhoon alter ego. Top billed by Rufa Mae Quinto and Edgar Allan Guzman.
Dare to enter the world of intriguing mind games in Joseph Abello’s Double Twisting Double Back, an erotic sports thriller that tackles the subject of sex addiction. Featuring Tony Labrusca and Joem Bascon in stellar roles.
Be blown away by Whammy Alcazaren’s Never Tear Us Apart, a movie that combines Third World espionage with old country folklore. Ricky Davao, Meryll Soriano and Jasmine Curtis-Smith lead the powerhouse cast.
Meanwhile, Bobby Bonifacio’s Hospicio promises to be another crowd pleaser, a sort of sequel to his movie Numbalikdiwa, a psycho-comic drama about ten characters who defy rehabilitation in a hospice which happens to be haunted. Cast includes Loisa Andalio, Mary Joy Apostol (Birdshot/Eerie), Elle Ramirez (The Lookout), MM Gigante, Ana Abad Santos, Kurt Kendrick, Manny Castañeda, Aurora Yumul and Francis Mata.
Rod Singh’s Mamu and a Mother Too, which tells the story of a middle-aged transgender who finds herself becoming surrogate mother to her transgender niece. In the cast are Iyah Mina, EJ Jallorina, Arron Villaflor and Marcus Patterson.
Carl Papa (of Manang Biring fame) is back with Paglisan, another animated feature about a couple whose marriage is threatened when one of them suffers from the early signs of dementia. This animated musical dramedy stars Ian Veneracion, Eula Valdes, Khalil Ramos and, Junjun Quintana.
Lastly, prolific comedian John Lapus makes his full-length directorial debut in Pang MMK, about the story of a young man who visits his estranged father’s funeral with unexpected results. This is Neil Coleta’s first starring role. Also in the supporting cast are Nikki Valdez, Cherry Pie Picache, Joel Torre and Ricky Davao.
Aside from the main competition program, this year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival will feature short films, restored classics, and internationally acclaimed and award-winning foreign films.
The Cinemaone Originals Filmfest happens from October 12 to 21 in select cinemas, namely Power Plant cinemas in Rockwell and Santolan Town Plaza, TriNoma, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Sta. Mesa, Glorietta 4,Gateway and other micro cinemas.