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Cinemalaya X Preview: 25 Movies In 25 Sentences

Here's a quick recap of the 25 films being shown at Cinemalaya X!
by Gelo Gonzales | Jul 31, 2014
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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. 

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25 films.

10 days.

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 videos.

But we can't let that happen. Our remedy: FHM's flash rundown below. On your marks, go! 


1)   Asintado

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.

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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.

3)   Hustisya

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.   

5)   Kasal

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.


6)   #Y

Directed by Gino Santos
Written by Jeff Stelton

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The gist: A film that chronicles the debaucherous adventures and hashtagging challenges that today's social media generation go through. 

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