Fully Booked Film Series

May 23, 2009

May 23, 2009: Manila in the Fangs of Darkness

Filed under: Films Screened — Alexis @ 5:20 am

Manila in the Fangs of Darkness
Directed by Khavn De la Cruz

Movie icon Bembol Roco walks the mean streets of Manila as “Kontra Madiaga,” a character invented by combining the actor’s two most celebrated performances: innocent country bumpkin Julio Madiaga from 1975’s Manila in the Claws of Light and death-squad leader Commander Kontra of 1989’s Fight for Us. Haunted by memories of loss assembled from snippets from these and other Lino Brocka films, Kontra’s soul is long dead from butchering resistance fighters, but the Madiaga part of him continues to search Orpheus-like for the girl for whom he came to the capital. Shot from the hip in a single day and shot through with video-quotes from film history, this is conceptual minimalism povera at its most politically edgy. (Olaf Möller, European Editor, Film Comment (New York), “23 films to look out for this 2009”)

Screening schedule: 8-10pm, May 23, 2009
Duration: 72 minutes (+ post screening discussion)
Location: U-View Cinema, Basement level, Fully Booked Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Language: Tagalog w/ English Subtitles

*director in attendance following screening


May 16, 2009

May 16, 2009: Letter to a Child

Filed under: Films Screened — Alexis @ 5:34 am

Letter to a Child

Directed by Vlado Skafar

The passage of man’s life from childhood to old age presents itself through a series of monologues elicited from kids, teenagers, young parents, an elderly couple, an almost senile man, etc. It’s humble, often radically artless, solely concerned with the freedom of its narrators and their silences as much as their insights, their hopes, fears, and dreams. It’s a bridge from the 21st century back to the 19th, constructed from human experiences. (Olaf Möller, Film Comment)

Screening schedule: 8-10:30pm, May 16, 2009
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (+ post screening discussion)
Location: U-View Cinema, Basement level, Fully Booked Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Language: Slovenian w/ English Subtitles

*screening with permission from the director
*post-screening discussion with Slovenian film critic and programmer Nika Bohinc

Link: http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/IFFR-2009/programme-schedule/film.aspx?id=4ac427db-483c-477c-98d0-139414f5d4f0

Vlado’s e-mailed introduction, read before the screening:

Dear Manila cine-philes,

I am happy to know that my little film has found it’s way to you. To the children of some of the greatest cineastes of the world!

Today a film can travel very fast and everywhere at the same time but to truly travel, to be able to reach the hearts it encounters and to settle there in many new homes it needs bridges. These bridges are people that bring cinema as a special gift to other people, with their love and understanding they prepare the souls of the viewers so that there is every chance for a true connection.

Knowing that my friend Alexis is bringing my film to you makes this travel of Letter to a Child very special. The success of a film cannot be measured, not by awards not even by history. It’s purpose remains a secret, locked in (many or few) people’s hearts. With this special bridge that brings my film and you together, I believe it’s purpose will be revealed in you.

We are strangers in paradise, not only to each other but also to ourselves. In this lies the terror of beauty, like our friend Rilke says. And there was one other thought that illuminated my way of making this film; almost forgotten Slovenian writer Milan Pugelj wrote some 100 years ago in one short story this simple, wonderful sentence, a revelation: Only what we feel in our heart is the truth.


May 9, 2009

May 9, 2009: When Timawa Meets Delgado

Filed under: Films Screened — Alexis @ 5:42 am

timawa poster 12x18 flat2 copy
When Timawa Meets Delgado

Directed by Ray Defante Gibraltar
Photographed and Produced by Oscar Nava
Poetry by J.I.E. Teodoro

Championed by many (Jessica Zafra and Raya Martin included), but with a modest number of screenings so far, When Timawa Meets Delgado is one of the most original and refreshing local films produced in the last half decade. The topic of the Illongo feature (written, directed, and edited by Ray Defante Gibraltar) is nursing, but that isn’t quite what it’s about. It’s both a comedy and a delirious essay-film, precise and elusive, concrete and poetic. A hybrid of documentary and fiction that wears its subjectivity on its sleeve, it balances humour and intelligence, wit and sincerity like few Filipino films have.

Screening schedule: 8-10pm, May 9, 2009
Duration: 70 minutes (+ post screening discussion)
Location: U-View Cinema, Basement level, Fully Booked Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Language: With English subtitles

(1) Excerpt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWEKhnvYsUU
(2) Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HbxzcYBLA0

* screening with permission from the filmmakers

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