The films were divided into two categories this year CINEMA ONE PLUS composed of seasoned directors awarded with a two million production budget each and CINEMA ONE CURRENTS composed of new breeds awarded with a one million budget. Chosen through careful deliberation from hundreds of entries, these 13 films have the potential to make names for its filmmakers, directors, writers and actors in the local and international arena. Here the films from the two categories:
Cinema One Plus
MARIPOSA SA HAWLA NG GABI by Richard Somes is a tale of an innocent woman who unravels horrible truths while in search of her long lost sister in the city starring Erich Gonzales, Alfred Vargas, Joel Torre, Maria Isabel Lopez, John Lapus and Mark Gil
MATER DOLOROSA by Adolfo Alix, Jr. is a story about a typical Filipino mother who lives a dark, shadowy life in Manila’s underground starring Gina Alajar, Cogie Domingo, Alessandra de Rossi, Carlo Aquino, Joem Bascon, and Mercedes Cabral with the special participation of Phillip Salvador
Cinema One Currents
ABERYA by Christian Linaban, Cebu story about love, sex, and psychedelic potions which intertwine the lives of four people in one night starring Will Devaughn, Mercedes Cabral, Iwa Moto, and Nicholas Varela
Apart from these originals, the festival will give tribute to Philippine classics through the screening of three of the most important restored films that greatly contributed to the foundation of Philippine Cinema: Oro Plata Mata, Himala and Genghis Khan.
ORO PLATA MATA, the 1892 film directed by Peque Gallaga will serve as the opening film for the prestigious event while the award-winning film HIMALA will celebrate its 30th anniversary through an exclusive showing of a documentary special by “Ka Oryang” director Sari Dalena and writer/editor Keith Sicat.
An exhibition programme featuring guest films will also take place in the festival to include special screenings of “Alagwa”, “Supremo”, “Jungle Love”, and “Graceland”.
The 8th Cinema One Originals Festival will run from November 28 to December 9 at Robinson’s Galleria Movie World and from November 29 to December 4 at the Edsa Shang Cineplex. The festival’s much awaited awards night will be held on December 3 at Studio 1 ABS-CBN Main Building.
Cinema One Originals Festival is an annual project of Cinema One owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc (CPI).