C1 ORIGINALSCinema One Originals has made a name for itself as the film festival that breaks new ground and opens eyes to new modes of cinema, new forms of narrative and new perspectives of storytelling. On its 12th year, Cinema One Originals celebrates this with its new tagline, “Ano’ng Tingin Mo?”
This year will be all about different ways of looking at the same thing.
For the first time, Cinema One Originals gave grants to three original feature documentaries: Teng Mangansakan’s “Forbidden Memory,” Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera’s “Piding” and John Torres’ “People Power Bombshell.”
Seven original narrative features were also given grants, three to Cinema One Originals alumni: “Lily” is Keith Deligero’s first foray into horror and myth. “Every Room is a Planet” resumes Malay Javier’s fondness for juxtaposing science fiction with youth culture. And Borgy Torre’s basketball crime film “Tisay” transposes his noir inflections onto a unique milieu.
Four first-time filmmakers will also make their debuts: Petersen Vargas’ “2 Cool 2Be 4gotten,” Samantha Lee’s “Baka Bukas,” Jose Abdel Langit’s “Malinak Ya Labi” and Jules Katanyag’s “Si Magdalola at ang Mga Gago.”
The festival will also screen acclaimed foreign films as well as a slate of the best horror films.
Among the restored classics to be showcased are Mario O’Hara’s “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos,” Danny Zialcita’s “Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi,” Lino Brocka’s “Cain at Abel” and Ishmael Bernal’s “Pagdating sa Dulo.” There will also be special screenings of Lav Diaz’s Golden Lion-winning “Ang Babaeng Humayo” and Sherad Sanchez’s found footage horror “Salvage.”
Cinema One Originals runs from November 14 to 22, 2016. Screenings will be at Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Greenhills and Cinematheque.