Cinephiles will have their hands full, and their appetite for good cinema satiated as the 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival runs from October 15 to October 25, 2009 in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. The festival will screen around a hundred films, both local and international, along with workshops, seminars and master classes. [firstpara]
A hundred films is obviously a lot, and you only have so much time on your hands. So to help you sort it all out and pick out what you might be interested in watching, here’s a list of the 11 films from Cinemanila’s main competition, and a short synopsis for each one.
Chengdu, Wo Ai Ni (Chengdu, I Love You)
Director: Fruit Chan
Chengdu, Wo Ai Ni is comprised of two beautiful, albeit complex, love stories that take place in Chengdu. The first story is set in 1976—a time of great change in China—and is about a young master of the teahouse who falls in love with a beautiful waitress. The love between the two grows, but the question here is will their love truly bloom in the midst of a cultural revolution?
In the second arc of the movie, the world of Chengdu is shifted into the year 2029. The story revolves around a woman’s search for the man who saved her during an earthquake, and for the man who injured her cousin, which as it turns out eventually, is actually just one man. How then will she deal with her mixed feelings of love and hate for this man?
Director: Steve Mcqueen
Hunger is based on the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike, which happened in the infamous H-Blocks of the Northern Ireland’s Her Majesty’s Maze Prison. In this particular part of the prison, the political prisoners are kept, most of which are bestowed a special status which allows them to wear normal clothes like regular folks. Tensions rise when the government starts to strip them of their political status, and the political prisoners begin to be treated like regular criminals. The criminals protest, of course, leading to violence and rioting between prison officers and prisoners. The first form of protest by the prisoners was their refusal to wear regular prison clothes, culminating into a full-fledged hunger strike. Will the hunger strike amount to anything, and will they be able to reclaim their political status?
WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES