New Filipino Cinema 2013
Wed-Sun, Jun 5-9
Co-curated by Joel Shepard and Philbert Ortiz Dy
Admission: $10 Regular/$8 YBCA members, students, seniors, teachers
Festival passes available: See all 16 films for $60/$50 for YBCA members!
And…we’re…back. Last year’s presentation of New Filipino Cinema was a popular, critical, and artistic success, and we’ve decided to make it an annual event. Even if the rest of the world is still catching on, the Philippines remains one of the most creative and exciting countries for independent cinema. 5 days, 16 films, 7,107 islands!
Like the country itself, which is made up of thousands of little islands, each with its own culture, dialect, and people, New Filipino Cinema 2013 covers a vast terrain: from the scruffy underground to the big-budget feature; documentaries and shorts; from north to south, including a classic, newly restored work from the past (Himala), as well as an example from the commercial film world—the delightfully deranged (and indie in spirit) Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles.
Co-sponsored by FACINE (Filipino Arts & Cinema, International) and Filipino American Arts Exposition.
All films are shown digitally, in their original language with English subtitles.
U.S. premiere - New digital restoration
Wed, Jun 5, 7:30 PM
By Ishmael Bernal
Join us for a pre-screening reception in the Grand Lobby, beginning at 6:30 PM.
The story of Elsa, a young woman whose visions of the Virgin Mary create hysteria in a poor, isolated village. A rare opportunity to experience this newly restored masterpiece. (1982, 122 min)
The Reckoning (Qiyamah)
Thu, Jun 6, 5:30 PM
By Gutierrez Mangansakan II
The end is near! In this haunting film, residents of a rural village are shocked when the sun rises in the West one morning, a phenomenon that signals the Apocalypse. (2012, 95 min)
By Benito Bautista
Thu, Jun 6, 7:30 PM
Producer Fides Enriquez and subject Florante Aguilar in person
A classically trained guitarist from San Francisco returns to the Philippines after 12 years of absence, where he rediscovers the music of an almost-forgotten tradition of Filipino serenading. (2012, 104 min)
Tondo, Beloved: To What Are the Poor Born? (Tundong Magiliw: Pasaan isinisilang siyang mahirap?)
Fri, Jun 7, 4 PM
By Jewel Maranan
An extraordinary documentary on the subjects of neocolonialism, birth, youth, adulthood, and death in the impoverished and densely populated port district of Manila. (2012, 74 min)
Fri, Jun 7, 5:30 PM
By Whammy Alcazaren
This daring work pieces together a document of grief by combining shards of Filipino history with one man’s emotional journey through space and time. (2012, 86 min)
Fri, Jun 7, 7:30 PM
By Vincent Sandoval
Director in person
The nuns of Adoration Monastery seek nothing more than to live quiet lives of prayer and servitude. But outside its walls lies a country in turmoil, and its violence can’t help but creep inside. (2012, 87 min)
Sat, Jun 8, 2 PM
By Shireen Seno
A boy is given daily doses of cod liver oil for the sake of the family business. Shot like an old home movie, Big Boy captures the unspoken turmoil inherent within a Filipino family striving for a better life. (2012, 89 min)
Sat, Jun 8, 4 PM
by Mes de Guzman
An old woman is visited by a dark figure every night. Is it the devil, her late husband, or something else entirely? The film tells the story of a mother’s love, and her family’s journey to overcome its demons. (2012, 116 min)
What Isn’t There (Ang Nawawala)
Sat, Jun 8, 7:30 PM
By Marie Jamora
Director in person
A teenager who hasn’t spoken for years returns home from abroad for a holiday. Rather than deal with his family, he explores the local music scene and runs away into his very first romance. (2012, 116 min)
Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles
Sat, Jun 8, 10 PM
By Erik Matti
A totally berserk horror-comedy about a man trying to win back his girl friend, but who must first battle an army of man-eating creatures with a taste for fetuses that are still in the womb. (2012, 102 min)
Sun, Jun 9, 1 PM
We showcase four emerging women directors in this diverse program of shorts.
Waiting to Whisper (Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong) by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo
This bizarre yet touching film depicts a grotesquely dysfunctional family who selfishly await the death of a relative. (2012, 17 min)
Aurora, My Aurora by Janus Victoria
A poetic meditation on random human connections set against the discordant urban rhythms of Manila. (2012, 15 min)
Vow of Silence (Imik) by Anna Isabelle Matutina
Imik examines the complexities of sexual relationships in an extremely patriarchal society. (2012, 40 min)
Last Strike (Katapusang Labok) by Aiess Alonso
With stunning imagery, the film portrays a fishing community struggling to survive despite the devastation caused by coral harvesting. (2012, 20 min)
Panel Discussion: What is New Filipino Cinema?
Sun, Jun 9, 3 PM
Large Conference Room
An open, wide-ranging discussion on the issues facing Filipino cinema today.
Panelists: Joel Shepard, Marie Jamora (director of What Isn't There ), Arnel Mardoquio (director of The Journey of Stars into the Dark Night), Katrina Tan (scholar, director of last year's Cinema Rehiyon Film festival in the Philippines), Vince Sandoval (director of Aparisyon), Mauro Tumbocon (Founder of FACINE - Filipino Arts & Cinema International). Moderated by Co-curator Philbert Dy.
Sun, Jun 9, 4:30 PM
By Adolfo Alix, Jr.
A soldier stationed in the disputed, isolated Spratly Islands spends his days walking on the beach, cleaning his rifle, doing anything to overcome boredom and loneliness. But someone is watching him... (2012, 115 min)
The Journey of Stars into the Dark Night (Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim)
Sun, Jun 9, 7 PM
by Arnel Mardoquio
Director in person
Two women undertake a journey through a war-torn region in an attempt to leave behind their life as rebels and protect a young boy. An intensely quiet yet vivid portrait of life during wartime. (2012, 117 min)
Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise Trilogy
Ulrich Seidl is one of the most controversial and provocative filmmakers working today. Obsessed with finding the beauty in ugliness, and a world-class smasher of all things taboo, Seidl vastly expands his reach with the epic Paradise trilogy.
Please note: Each film in the trilogy is a complete work in itself. It is not required to see all three, though you will have a more rewarding and richer experience if you do, as themes in the films relate to each other.
On the beaches of Kenya, European women seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. In this raunchy, explicit film, Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian must recognize: in this world, love is a business. (2012, 120 min, DCP)
After years of absence, Anna Maria’s estranged husband—an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair—comes home, and her virtuous life of Christian missionary work goes completely off the rails. (2012, 113 min, DCP)
Melanie, an overweight 13-year-old, spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp in the Austrian countryside. Between sports, nutritional counseling, and pillow fights, she falls in love with the camp director, who is 40 years her senior. (2013, 91 min, DCP)