9 films vie for Cinema One honors

I am Original. This is this year’s tagline of Cinema One Originals, the film festival that championed filmmakers in the last 13 years.

 On its 14th year, it is once again paving the way for directors and producers to bring stories that are moving, relevant and most importantly original, into the big screen. There are nine official entries chosen to compete in this year’s film fest - movies that speak truth about the struggles, the victories, the joys and the pains of living.

A Short History of Few Bad Things(Keith Deligero) is described as the most straightforward, Deligero was hailed as Best Director in Cinema One Originals 2016 for the movie Lily.

Victor Neri, director Keith Deligero, and Jay Gonzaga of “A Short History of A Few Bad Things”

Victor Neri, director Keith Deligero, and Jay Gonzaga of “A Short History of A Few Bad Things”

Asuang(Raynier Brizuela) is an odd superhero inversion kind of film.  

In Charliebebs Gohetia’s Bagyong,Bheverlynn, a heartbroken woman hears that a super typhoon with the same name is fast approaching and realizes it’s a typhoon made of her own feelings and the only way to stop it from wreaking havoc on the country is to find happiness.

Bagyong Bheverlynn lead Rufa Mae Quinto, director Charliebebs Gohetia, EA de Guzman, and Jude Matthew Servilla

Bagyong Bheverlynn lead Rufa Mae Quinto, director Charliebebs Gohetia, EA de Guzman, and Jude Matthew Servilla

Double Twisting Double Back(Joseph Abello) is an erotic sports thriller set in the world of gymnastics. 

Director Joseph Abello, Elora Españo, Acey Aguilar, and Joem Bascon of Double Twisting Double Back

Director Joseph Abello, Elora Españo, Acey Aguilar, and Joem Bascon of Double Twisting Double Back

Never Tear Us Apart (Whammy Alcazaren)originally titled Fisting,is a movie that combines Third World espionage with old country folklore. 

Merryl Soriano with director Whammy Alcazaren

Merryl Soriano with director Whammy Alcazaren

 Hospicio(Bobby Bonifacio) is a sort of sequel to his movie Numbalikdiwa,which starts with a botched crime and concludes in the hospice of the title, which happens to be haunted.

Mamu and a Mother Too, (Rod Singh) tells the story of a middle-aged transgender who finds herself becoming surrogate mother to her transgender niece. 

EJ Jallorina, Iyah Mina, Arron Villaflor and director Rod Singh of “Mamu And A Mother Too”

EJ Jallorina, Iyah Mina, Arron Villaflor and director Rod Singh of “Mamu And A Mother Too”

Paglisan(Carl Papa) is an animated movie that tells the story of a couple who are struggling to keep their marriage together as one of them suffers from the early signs of dementia. 

Comedian John Lapus joins the film festival with Pang MMK, which tells the story of a young man who visits his estranged father’s funeral with unexpected results.

Neil Coleta, director John Lapus, Nikki Valdez, and Zeppi Borromeo of “Pang MMK”

Neil Coleta, director John Lapus, Nikki Valdez, and Zeppi Borromeo of “Pang MMK”

Aside from the main competition program, this year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival features short films, restored classics, and feature guest films, in order to elevate and heighten the movie experience of the Filipino movie audience even more.

Cinema One Film Festival runs on until Oct. 21.

The films are screening in TriNoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Santolan Town Plaza, Powerplant, Cinelokal theaters—SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Manila, and SM Sta. Mesa, – and in alternative cinemas—FDCP Cinematheque Manila, Up Cine Adarna, Cinema ’76, Black Maria Theater and Cinema Centenario.

Ticket prices are at P200 each in major and alternative cinemas and P150 for students and at SM CineLokal theaters.

Festival passes are available ktx.abs-cbn.com. Visit @CinemaOneOriginals (FB), @c1origs (Twitter) and @c1originals (IG) for more updates. #C1ORIGINALS #IAMORIGINAL