The country's premier laboratory for producing bold, fresh, and innovative Pinoy films, Cinemalaya, returns for its 10th edition. This year's festival serves a buffet of 25 films in three categories (New Breed, Director's Showcase, and Short Feature) from August 1 to August 10 at the CCP and satellite venues Greenbelt Makati, Alabang Town Center, TriNoma, and Fairview Terraces.
That's a lot to watch in a short period of time. And the mere act of reading through their synopses will probably give today's ADHD-addled generation an inexplicable urge to just give in to the ever-present temptation of YouTube and just watch...cat videos.
But we can't let that happen. Our remedy: FHM's flash rundown below. On your marks, go!
Directed by Louie Ignacio
Written by Socorro Villanueva
The gist: A 16-year-old boy botches a drug courier job, forcing his mother to clean his mess up—even if that means resorting to shady tactics.
2) Hari Ng Tondo
Directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna
Written by Bibeth Orteza
The gist: A grandfather loses all his wealth, and together with his sheltered grand kids, makes the admittedly harsh transition from Forbes Park back to his birthplace, Tondo.
Directed by Joel Lamangan
Written by Ricky Lee
The gist: A woman is framed for murder by the human trafficking syndicate she works for, lands in jail, but eventually finds a way to hit back her former employers hard.
4) The Janitor
Directed by Mike Tuviera
Written by Aloy Adlawan
The gist: A cop makes a career switch and becomes a hitman to eliminate a gang of bank-robbing murderers.
Written and Directed by Jay Altarejos
The gist: A gay couple attends a wedding, which proves emotional enough to bring out a flood of arguments from the past, thereby forcing them to reexamine their own relationship.
Directed by Gino Santos
Written by Jeff Stelton
The gist: A film that chronicles the debaucherous adventures and hashtagging challenges that today's social media generation go through.