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July 20, 2012

2012 Cinemalaya Film Festival and Competition

Twenty five new digital films will compete in the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on July 20-29, 2012 at the CCP, Greenbelt and TriNoma.

ClickTheCity's resident film critic Philbert Dy consolidated all the screening time into one downloadable page. Click this link to download the PDF file.

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Cinemalaya's main competition categories are the New full length feature category and the Short Feature category featuring works by new directors. The Directors Showcase is a competition for works by established directors. Check out the synopses below:

Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino
Director: Lemuel C. Lorca

Intoy has had the hots for Doray since they were kids in Kalye Marino, Cavite City. Both marginalized, Intoy has become Kalye Marino’s best “tahong” (mussel) diver while Doray turns to being a prostitute to tend to her siblings’ needs . Intoy strives to have his own cages of tahong to sell so he can have money to pay Doray. But what will he do when she offers to drop by his hovel‐on‐stilts to quench his passion when suddenly Nature chooses to play a joke on his tahong cage?

Director: Loy Arcenas

In the midst of an international murder sensation, Swanie, Sta. Maria’s barangay chair and a distant relative of the killer, tries to gain political points by staging a wake for the criminal‐turned‐celebrity. Meanwhile in faraway Manila, Joanna, Swanie’s runaway son, navigates his way through labyrinthine bureaucracy, to give a neighbor a proper burial. With these two unrelated deaths, estranged mother and son each bury the dead long shelved in their hearts.

Director: Paul Sta. Ana

A funeral parlor owner sells an unidentified body to Makoy, a “kasero” (money manager) in a “saklaan” (betting game), who, along with his reluctant brother, Abet, set the stage for a three‐week long fake wake holding the illegal saklaan.

Ang Katiwala (The Caretaker)
Director: Aloy Adlawan

Ruben loses his job as a carpenter in a small town in Zambales where he lives with his wife Edna and their 10‐year old son, Budoy. Desperate to make ends meet, he accepts a job as a caretaker of an abandoned property in Quezon City. Ruben soon finds out that the previous owner of the house is an important figure in the country’s history.

Santa Niña
Director: Emmanuel Quindo Palo

When Paulino Mungcal and his co‐worker in a lahar‐filled quarry unexpectedly dig up the remains of his 2‐year old daughter Marikit, they discover that she showed no signs of decay. Could this be a miracle, and could she, despite death, cure the sick?

Director: Vincent Sandoval

It is 1971, and the sisters of the Adoration monastery lead quiet lives in a remote town in Rizal. Mother Superior Ruth leads the group in its prayers. Lourdes, joins the monastery and gets introduced to the cloistered life. Shortly after, Remy, an extern nun, receives news that her activist brother has gone missing. Deeply troubled, Remy asks Ruth for an indefinite leave of absence to help her family search for her brother. Lourdes decides to go alongside Remy in one of the meetings of families with missing relatives. On their way back, they fall victim to violence.

Director: Mes de Guzman

Every night, Nana Lusing lies on her bed sleepless because she sees a dark figure looming in her room. Who is this shadow? Is this the devil? Her late husband? A manifestation of her anxieties? Or simply figment of Nana Lusing’s imagination?

Mga Dayo (Resident Aliens)
Director: Julius Sotomayor Cena

As the island of Guam celebrates the classic American holiday, the lives of the three Filipina immigrants intersect and find themselves at a tug‐o‐war of sacrifice and significance on where they must find their home or must they find it somewhere else.

The Animals
Director: Gino Santos

Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, the film chronicles a day in the life of Jake, Trina, and Alex, who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with.

Ang Nawawala (What Isn't There)
Director: Marie Jamora

Gibson Bonifacio stopped speaking when he was a child. Now twenty years old, he returns home to Manila from his studies abroad. Against the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend tries to reconnect with him, while he unexpectedly finds a chance at a first, real romantic relationship.


Kamera Obskura
Director: Raymond Red

The narrative plays with the idea of a retro‐futurist world where a prisoner locked away in a dark chamber for over two decades only sees the reality of the world outside through the small hole in his cell, which projects an image of the city on his wall, the phenomenon of the “camera obscura”.

Director: Jun Robles Lana

Bwakaw is a drama‐comedy about growing old, and everyone’s fear of growing old alone.

Posas (Shakled)
Director: Lawrence Fajardo

Jestoni “Jess” Biag, early 20s, is a notorious snatcher victimizing people in bustling streets around Quiapo Church. As a routine, he steals wallets, gadgets and jewelries, which he will trade for a meager amount of peso‐‐‐enough for him to survive and to support his family. Today, Jess will be captured by the police for snatching a cellphone of a call center agent.

Kalayaan (Wildlife)
Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.

Julian, a Filipino soldier stationed in Kota Island, is ready to leave Kalayaan. However, news of a pending coup d' etat in Manila orders him to stay in the island until further notice. Confronted with a growing loneliness and memories of a traumatic past, his only option for survival is to cope with reality or lose his own sanity.

Mga Mumunting Lihim
Director: Jose Javier Reyes

The death of Mariel (Judy Ann Santos) was met with such hurt by her three closest friends. But it was her best friend, Carla (Iza Calzado) that she leaves a most special gift, a box full of her diaries through the years.

For more details, please call CCP Film Office at (63 2) 832-1125 loc. 1704/05 and the CCP Box Office at (63 2) 832-3704.

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