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Cinema One Originals 2013 finalists bared

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The line-up of finalists for the Cinema One Originals Festival of 2013 has been revealed.

The 15 chosen films showcase a new breed of Filipino filmmaking talent that is entirely its own.

The selected films fall under two categories with production budgets of P2M (Cinema One Plus) and P1M (Cinema One Currents).

Under Cinema One Plus, there are five films:

Kabisera by director Borgy Torre tells the action-packed story of one man’s transformation from a naïve innocent citizen to a ruthless father and friend.

Blue Bustamante by director Miko Livelo is a family drama-comedy that focuses on the story of a jobless OFW who becomes a double for Blue Force, a superhero character in an upcoming Japanese show.

Sitio by director Mes de Guzman is a psychological drama about a family who moves from the city to the province.

Alamat ni China Doll by director Adolf Alix Jr. with screenplay by Lav Diaz tells the story of Helen who lives with her grandmother in an island down south. However, an article titled China Doll reveals details about a controversy and turns things around for Helen.

Woman of the Ruins by director Keith Sicat is a mystery drama in which on a storm-ravaged island, a person assumed dead reappears and ignites a frenzy of reactions.

On the other hand, Cinema One Currents has 10 films:

 Angustia by director Kristian Cordero is set in the 19th-century Bicolandia where  a Spanish friar falls for a woman of indigenous origins.

 Ang Pagbabalat ng Ahas by director Timmy Harn delves into a lower middle-class family who moves to an upper middle-class village where  a mad scientist is keeping a snake-man captive.

Islands, an experimental/science-fiction by director Whammy Alcarazen, is about a spacecraft that lands through the geographies of a fictional film titled Islands.

Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na by director Jet Leyco is a four-part narrative of three related occurrences sparked by an accident that happens to a Filipino-Spanish priest.

Iskalawangs by director Keith Deligero is an aching coming-of-age tale set in a small town in Cebu.

Suffocating Eternity of An Imagined Purgatory by director Joseph Laban is a horror story about missing kids in Marinduque believed to be kidnapped by spirits of the sea.

Philippino Story by director Benjamin Garcia is a cautionary tale that reveals the dangers and drama behind male prostitution.

Shift by Siege Ledesma tells the story of an idealistic, tomboyish, call center slacker who is mentored by a pragmatic, gay senior agent. Their interaction develops into an unconventional relationship.

Bendor by director Ralston Jover is set in Manila’s Quiapo Church 40 days before the annual Good Friday procession of the miraculous 400-year-old Black Nazarene statue. An early morning Mass is disrupted when a candle vendor finds a blood-soaked box containing a dead fetus.

Riddles of My Homecoming by Arnel Mardoquio presents an insight into the lives of Lumads and Moros of Mindanao.

The Cinema One Originals Festival will showcase all 15 new films in November.

ADOLF ALIX JR. ANG PAGBABALAT ARNEL MARDOQUIO BENJAMIN GARCIA BLACK NAZARENE BLUE BUSTAMANTE BLUE FORCE CHINA DOLL CINEMA ONE CURRENTS CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
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