Cinema One Originals festival director Ronald Arguelles (2nd from left) with actors Carlo Aquino, Agot Isidro, Nathalie Hart and Rafa Siguion-Reyna"WALANG Takot."
The tagline of the 13th Cinema One Originals is more than an apt descriptor for the festival’s programming ethos and its reputation, the way it has shepherded unique, adventurous cinematic voices into the limelight.
The films that make up this year’s documentary section are both examinations of a past with present-day resonances but from diverse vantage points.
Dempster Samarista’s “Bundok Banahaw,Sacred and Profane”is an exploration of the mystical mountain using secret histories and sacred knowledge as a way of piecing together our cultural psyche. Phyllis Grande’s “Haunted: A Visit to the Red House” focuses on the atrocities visited by Japanese soldiers on comfort women during World War II.
There are seven films in the full-length narrative section.
In “Paki,” Giancarlo Abrahan casts Dexter Doria as a woman whose children try to stop her from leaving her husband. Shamaine Buencamino and Noel Trinidad costar.
“NervousTranslation,” about a girl who discovers a pen that can translate people’s thoughts and feelings, is written and directed by Shireen Seno. Jana Agoncillo and Sid Lucero star.
Richard Somes returns for his fourth outing in the festival with "Historiographika Errata." The film features Joem Bascon, Alex Medina, Maxine Eigenmann and Nathalie Hart.
For his first outing with Cinema One, Dan Villegas adapts Vincent de Jesus’ stage musical “Changing Partners,” an exploration of relationships told in perspectives of various genders starring Agot Isidro, Anna Luna, Jojit Lorenzo and Sandino Martin.
Kip Oebanda is directing "Nay," about a man who uncovers a dark family secret. Enchong Dee, Sylvia Sanchez and Jameson Blake star.
Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red’s “Si Chedeng at si Apple” stars Elizabeth Oropesa and Gloria Diaz, while Joseph Teoxon’s “Throwback Today” is top billed by Carlo Aquino, Annicka Dolonius, Empress Schuck and Allan Paule.
The restored classics to be showcased include Marilou DiazAbaya’s “Moral,” Jeffrey Sonora’s “Asedillo,” Celso Ad. Castillo’s “Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw” and Danny Zialcita’s “Langis at Tubig.” Restored versions of Zialcita’s “Karma,” Abaya’s “Karnal” and Lino Brocka’s “Cain at Abel” will also be screened.
The 13th Cinema One Originals will run from November 1321 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, UP Cine Adarna, Cinema 76 and Cinematheque, with an extended run from November 22-28 at Power Plant Mall.