I Am Original: The Must-Watch Films Of The 14th Cinema One Originals
Original. The word, and all its permutations, has been a significant part of the festival name for the last 13 years. Originality has always been the one thing Cinema One Originals has championed and pushed for.
I Am Original is the tagline of the 14th Cinema One Originals. It is both a declaration, by the filmmakers and the performers, and a promise, that this year’s films will not be merely awesome but rather flawsome, a word coined to exemplify this year’s festival. Originality is never about perfection. Perfection is boring. Originality is about freshness of voice, an unwavering sense of self and the uniqueness of being human, flawed but awesome.
In the spirit of celebrating and upholding Filipino originality, Cinema One Originals will be supporting another kind of local product outside of cinema through its partnership with Karton PH. The wide and diverse range of unique and handmade Karton PH products, from gourmet food items and beverages to wellness and beauty products to special fashion and home accessories, will be on sale during the festival.
One of this year’s Cinema One Originals filmmakers is making his third film for the festival. Two are returning to the festival a second time. Two are stalwarts of the independent scene, one making his long-awaited second film, the other making his ninth. Another is making his second feature after a much-acclaimed debut. Three are making their first features.
Crime seems to be a common thread in most of this year’s films but from very different vantage points and perspectives. A Short History of a Few Bad Things by Keith Deligero (Cinema One Originals 2016 Best Director for Lily) may be the most straightforward, a noir procedural that has sociopolitical underpinnings. What Home Feels Like director Joseph Abello fancifully describes his second film Double Twisting Double Back, set in the world of gymnastics, as a sports crime film. In Hospicio, Bobby Bonifacio’s belated return to filmmaking, is a sort of sequel to his Numbalikdiwa, that begins with a botched crime and ends in the hospice of the title, which turns out to be haunted.
A Short History of a Few Bad Things Cast: Victor Neri (@_victorneri_), Jay Gonzaga (@jay_gonzaga), Publio Briones III (@publio111) Director: Keith Deligero (@fuckyeahkeithdeligero) Line Producer: Gale Osorio Screenplay: Paul Grant Cinematography: Angeli Sarmiento Editing: Estela Paiso Production Design: Kent Divinagracia Musical Score: John Caing Sound: Keith Deligero Production House: Deligero & Co. #BadThings #C1Originals #IAmOriginal
Double Twisting Double Back Cast: Tony Labrusca (@tony.labrusca), Joem Bascon (@basconetti) Director: Joseph Abello (@joseph.abelyo) Line Producer: Mark Shandii Bacolod Screenplay: Joseph Abello Cinematography: Rain Yamson II Editing: Apol Dating Production Design: Jose Francis Icay Musical Score: Hiroko Nagai & Harold Andre Cruz Santos Sound: Jess Carlos Production House: Black Maria Pictures, Inc. #DoubleTwistingMovie #C1Originals #IAmOriginal
Hospicio(@hospiciomovie) Cast: Loisa Andalio (@iamandalioloisa), Mary Joy Apostol (@majoyapostol), Ana Abad Santos (@anaabadsantos), MM Gigante (@dizzymm) Director: Bobby Bonifacio Jr. (@bobiboni) Line Producer: Reign De Guzman Screenplay: Bobby Bonifacio & Juvy Galamiton Cinematography: Mackie Galvez Editing: Beng Bandong Production Design: Monica Sebial Musical Score: Emerzon Texon Sound: Pietro Marco Javier & Aian Louie Caro Production House: Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects #HospicioMovie #C1Originals #IAmOriginal
Carl Papa (Director of Cinema One Originals 2015 Best Picture Manang Biring) returns with another animated feature, Paglisan, about a couple struggling to keep their marriage alive in the wake of one of them suffering from early onset dementia. In Rod Singh’s Mamu and a Mother Too, a middle-aged transgender finds herself becoming surrogate mother to her transgender niece. And in John Lapus’ Pang MMK, a young man visits his estranged father’s funeral with unexpected results.
Paglisan (@paglisan2018) Cast: Ian Veneracion (@ianveneracion1), Eula Valdes (@eulavaldes), Khalil Ramos (@thekhalilramos), Junjun Quintana (@junjunquintana) Director: Carl Papa (@papa.carljoseph4186) Line Producer: Sarah Santos Screenplay: Carl Papa & Aica Ganhinhin Editing: Carl Papa Production Design: Eru Petrasanta Musical Score: Teresa Barrozo Sound: Jess Carlos Production House: Black Maria Pictures, Inc. #Paglisan2018 #C1Originals #IAmOriginal
Mamu; And a Mother too (@mamumovie2018) Cast: Iyah Mina (@iyah_mina), Arron Villaflor (@arronvillaflor05), Ej Jallorina (@ejjallorina), Markus Paterson (@markus), Jovani Manansala (@jovanimanansala) Director: Rod Singh (@iamrodafrog) Line Producer: Maxie Evangelista & Krupskaya Valila Screenplay: Rod Singh Cinematography: Theo Lozada Editing: Joris Fernandez Production Design: Popo Diaz Musical Score: Jordan Peralta Sound: Immanuel Verona Production House: Optima Digital Inc. #Mamu #MagandaKaBa #True
Pang MMK (@pangmmk) Cast: Neil Coleta (@imcoletaneil), Nikki Valdez (@nikkivaldez_), Zeppi Borromeo (@zeppi_borromeo) Director: John Lapus (@korekkajohn) Line Producer: Boyet Mariñas Screenplay: John Lapus Cinematography: Gary Garduce Editing: Noah Tonga Production Design: Ecker de Guzman Musical Score: Jessie Lasaten Production House: Star Post #PangMMK #C1Originals #IAmOriginal
And on the further, stranger end of the spectrum is Whammy Alcazaren’s (director of the 2013 Cinema One Originals film Islands) almost indescribable Never Tear Us Apart, which somehow manages to make sense of combining Third World espionage with old country folklore. Even weirder is Rayn Brizuela’s Asuang, which comes on like an odd superhero inversion. And in Charliebebs Gohetia’s Bagyong Bheverlyn, a heartbroken woman hears that a supertyphoon 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.
Never Tear Us Apart Cast: Jasmine Curtis-Smith (@jascurtissmith), Meryll Soriano (@yourcityismyplayground), Ricky Davao Director: Whammy Alcazaren (@whammyalcazaren) Line Producer: Bianca Basilio Screenplay: Whammy Alcazaren Cinematography: Sasha Palomares Editing: Ilsa Malsi Production Design: Thesa Tang Musical Score: Erwin Romulo Sound: Jonathan Hee #LoosenUp #C1Originals #IAmOriginal
Asuang Cast: Alwyn S. Uytingco (@alwynzky), Chai Fonacier (@chaifonacier), Natileigh Sitoy (@natssitoy), Jon Lucas (@lucas_aljhon) Director: Raynier Brizuela (@raynierbrizuela) Line Producer: Martin Mayuga Screenplay: Carl Papa & Raynier Brizuela Cinematography: Steven Evangelio Editing: JD Domingo Production Design: Eero Francisco Musical Score: Axel Fernandez Sound: Axel Fernandez Production House: Mayuga X Seen #Asuang #AsuangIsComing #SocialMediaGod #C1Originals #IAmOriginal
Bagyong Bheverlynn Cast: Rufa Mae Quinto (@rufamaequinto), EA Guzman (@ea_guzman) Director: Charliebebs Gohetia (@bebsisms) Line Producer: Rolly Palmes & Tiara Orig Screenplay: Jericho Aguado Cinematography: Raphael Meting & Coicoi Nacario Editing: Vanessa De Leon Production Design: Marxie Maolen Fadul Musical Score: Francis De Veyra Sound: Junel Valencia Production House: Outpost Visual Frontier #BagyongBheverlynn #ILoveteamMyself #C1Originals #IAmOriginal