September 27, Thursday, 5PM, “TSARDYER (The Charger Is A Child)”
Starring: Dimples Romana, Neil Ryan Sese, Pipo Alfad III, Mon Confiado, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Dido Dela Paz, Bombi Plata, Raul Morit, Frank Corona, Jeff Fernandez, Gigi Pirote, Leon Miguel, Rene “Tikboy” Guan, and introducing Martin Delos Santos.
Loosely based on the kidnapping of a broadcast journalist and her crew, the film shows a 10-year-old Tausug boy used by the Abu Sayyaf group to “charge” the cellphones they use in negotiating for their demands for the release of their captives. Things take a strange turn when the journalist befriends Shihab and earns his trust as Shihab finds himself torn between his loyalty to his Tausug brothers and the bond he has forged with his newfound friend. The film was nominated in 2006 for six-awards at the Gawad Urian namely Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music, and Best Supporting Actor.
September 27, Thursday, 7PM “IN BANGKA HA UT SIN DUWA SAPAH (The Boat Between Two Rivers)”
Starring: Sue Prado, Pipo Alfad III, Lowell Kip Conales, Bombi Plata, Raul Morit, Yutaka Yamakawa, Saffiyah Berrenguer Bunyi, Famy Alfad, Chris D’bayan, Ynah Tan, and introducing Jermaine Patrick Ulgasan and Malik Bunyi.
A young mute mother of two swims from one end of the river to the other to put her kids to school, using a boat made of banana trunks. Problem arises when one end of the river is controlled by the government military forces while the other is where the rebels are holed up. What will happen to the kids’ education once these two forces clash? The film won for Sue Prado the Best Actress Award at the 1st Sineng Pambansa of the Film Development Council of the Philippines this year.
September 28, Friday, 5PM “LASPONGGOLS (Last Take, Last Shot)”
Starring: Epy Quizon, Dwight Gaston, Boboy Garovillo, Danny Javier, Jim Paredes, Soliman Cruz, Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, Roence Santos, Raul Morit, Bombi Plata, Hector Macaso, Ickay Eusebio, Sasi Casas, Pete Lacaba, Marra PL. Lanot, Kris Lacaba, Randy Punzal, Ronnie Lazaro, Joel Torre, Rox Lee, Khavn dela Cruz, Earl Drilon, Norman Wilwayco, EJ Salcedo, Ogi Sugatan, Topel Lee, Odyssey Flores, Anne Magadia, Jon Red, and introducing Rapunzel Hernandez and Monet dela Cruz-Gaston.
Two, lowly film crew, a clapper and a utility boy, accidentally run off with the film equipments in a far-flung barrio after witnessing an illegal transaction at a film shoot. Once in the barrio, they pretend to be filmmakers Erik Matti and Jon Red who are out to shoot and cast their newest film in the barrio. Suddenly, the barrio becomes a microcosm of the film industry with local politicians wanting to be action stars, mothers pimping their daughters and themselves just to be part of the cast, wannabe production designers, racketeering production managers, and stingy and penny-pinching producers. The black comedy film is part of the 1st Cinemalaya Film Festival back in 2005 and was believed to be way ahead of its time. This is the first time since 2005 that this film is going to be shown again.
September 28, Friday, 730PM “ANG MGA KIDNAPER NI RONNIE LAZARO (The Kidnappers of Ronnie Lazaro)”
Starring: Ronnie Lazaro, Nonie Buencamino, Epy Quizon, Dwight Gaston, Soliman Cruz, Raul Morit, Hector Macaso, Mon Lee, Monet Dela Cruz-Gaston, Roence Santos, Bombi Plata, Ickay Eusebio, Pipo Alfad III, Frank Corona, Mercedes Cabral, Ramon Bautista, Tado Jimenez, Jun Sabayton, Lourd De Veyra, Buhawi Meneses, Dong Abay, Jim Libiran, Mideo Cruz, Sasi Casas, Rene “Tikboy” Guan, with the special participation of Shamine Centenera Buencamino and Joel Torre.
BEBOT (Nonie Buencamino), a former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) has been down and out of luck after the Middle East crisis, leaving him jobless and his family eventually leaving him in the process. He hatches a plan with his loser friends from Quiapo – PIPOY (Epy Quizon), a call center agent; BOY GEORGE (Dwight Gaston), aMa Layaamera repairman; ABDUL (Soliman Cruz), a Muslim pirated DVD seller; HESUS (Raul Morit), a prophet of doom; and HECTOR (Hector Macaso), a former stuntman who has grown fat because of the demise of action films – to make an independent film of their own starring what to them is the most famous Filipino indie film actor nowadays especially with the sudden boom of indie films – RONNIE LAZARO (as himself). However, things became complicated when Ronnie decides to beg off from acting on their supposed indie film. They suddenly found themselves accidentally kidnapping Ronnie and holing him up at Bebot’s old dilapidated place in Quiapo. What will happen now that they have the most famous indie actor in the Philippines? Will they be able to finish their film on time? Or will the kidnapping test their bond of friendship? The film won the Grand Festival Prize at the recent Sineng Pambanse Film Festival and the Best Actor Award for the Acting Ensemble of Lazaro, Buencamino, Quizon, Gaston, Cruz, Morit, Macaso, and Lee. Some critics hail the film as “one of the funniest films ever!”
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