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Cinemalaya 2018 Short B entries tell tales of life struggles and relationships

August 09th, 2018

On its 14th year, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival once again presented a compelling lineup of full-length entry films with the theme “Wings of Vision”. This year’s Short Feature B showcases different tales of struggling relationships that mirror real-life scenarios.

You, Me, and Mr. Wiggles: Marital and sexual relationship

Directed by Jav Velasco and co-written with Denise O’Hara, “You, Me, and Mr. Wiggles” shows how married couples sometimes struggle to make time for each other with their busy schedules. The film depicts how couples like Carlo (Kiko Matos) and Anj (Elora Españo) have to overcome challenges in their relationship, including sexual difficulties.

Synopsis: “Carlo and Anj, is a couple who seem to have it all, except for one for thing – Carlo’s erection. This turns one ordinary night into a night filled with emotional landmines as it challenges their relationship and force themselves to ask the question – can love conquer erectile dysfunction?”

YOU, ME, AND MR. WIGGLES by Jav Velasco – Cinemalaya 2018 Shorts B

WATCH: Here's the teaser to Jav Velasco's YOU, ME, AND MR. WIGGLES, one of the 10 short feature film finalists for #Cinemalaya2018.An ordinary night becomes filled with emotional landmines as erectile dysfunction challenges a man and his girlfriend on their views on love and relationships.Catch it on August 3 to 12 at CCP!

Posted by Cinemalaya on Sunday, July 1, 2018

Babylon: A fight between good and evil

Babylon is a satirical dark comedy film about a community in Barangay Babylonia ruled by a local dictator who managed to brainwash his people. Victims of his regime along with two young women who traveled through time, struggle to overthrow the system and kill the evil dictator to preserve goodness in the community.

Synopsis: “In a time before mobile phones, postmodern Erinyes come to Barangay Babylonia to kill a local dictator, a tricky job that causes several fatalities in the process. Strange things occur in this far-off land where roosters and bags of crisps can talk. Good always has lightning bolts on hand, and Evil only needs to intone a couple words to lull anyone within earshot. In order to find the dictator and complete their mission, two women ally themselves with the members of the local opposition.”

BABYLON by Keith Deligero – Cinemalaya 2018 SHORTS B

WATCH: BABYLON by Keith Deligero, one of the 10 short feature film finalists for #Cinemalaya2018. The film tells the story of two young girls who travel through time to assassinate a barangay dictator to revise history. Catch it on August 3 to 12 at CCP and select Ayala Cinemas!

Posted by Cinemalaya on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Kiko: The things and people who matter

Sometimes in life, we’re blinded by the material things or our earthly desires that we forget to look around us and appreciate what we already have. Kiko also shows us how we tend to realize the value of things and people who matter the most to us only when we are left with nothing.

Synopsis: “The story revolves around Kiko, a blind gay man in his sixties who makes a living as a laundress in a poor coastal community in Batangas City. He raises his eight year old adopted son, Ton-Ton, and supports his lover, Rex by doing his neighbors’ laundry. Despite being visually impaired, his hands and senses do wonders in delivering fresh clean clothes to his neighbors. Kiko’s whole life revolves around Ton-ton and Rex, and that of the drying well which has been vital to his livelihood. He knows his circumstances and had long adapted to them, taking the most of what he can. It’s the same when it comes to Rex, who never stopped philandering and engaging in dubious activities despite Kiko’s unwavering support. As long as he can take care of both of Ton-ton and Rex, Kiko is happy. Things go awry when Rex figures in a drug mess, is hunted by a local syndicate and runs away with all the money Kiko had – leaving Kiko with nary a dime, and void of dignity and pride. In the end, Kiko is left with nothing and no one else but Ton-ton. Depsite the ruckus, Kiko starts the day normally – washing clothes by the drying well. Realizing that there is more than just water in the well, a quick pause is all that Kiko needs to muster enough strength and face a new chapter in his life.”

KIKO by Jojo Driz – Cinemalaya 2018 Shorts B

WATCH: KIKO by Jojo Driz, one of the 10 short feature film finalists for #Cinemalaya2018A blind and aging gay who makes a living washing clothes sees what matters the most in life after losing the man he loves. Catch it on August 3 to 12 at CCP and select Ayala Cinemas!

Posted by Cinemalaya on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold): Siblings struggling to make a living

Three young brothers take a job in the gold mines of Mt. Diwalwal amidst life-threatening reality. “Siyudad sa Bulawan” shows not just the struggles of these poor kids who are striving to make it on their own, but also the alarming reality of the dangers of illegal mining especially for underaged workers.

Synopsis: “Yoyong (10) together with his siblings, Darwin (14) and Abet (12) work as child gold miners in Mt. Diwalwal, Compostela Valley, Philippines. Amidst the threat of a riot between opposing group of miners, the three brothers bravely decide to continue working in the mines for them to go to school and save enough money for the government housing project. Will they be able to leave Diwalwal or will their dreams crumble down like the giant boulders their small hands chip every day?”

SIYUDAD SA BULAWAN by Jarell Serencio – Cinemalaya 2018 Shorts B

WATCH: Here's the teaser to Jarell Serencio's SIYUDAD SA BULAWAN, one of the 10 short feature film finalists for #Cinemalaya2018.Three young brothers needing cash take a job in the gold mines of Mt. Diwalwal amidst a life-threatening reality.Catch it on August 3 to 12 at CCP and select Ayala Cinemas!

Posted by Cinemalaya on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Yakap: Between life and death

What really awaits us after death? “Yakap” tells a woman’s last few moments of life before crossing over to the afterlife through dance. It shows a contrasting scenarios between life and death — that of the woman who died and those she left behind.

Synopsis: A woman lays on a bed, barely breathing. In between life and death, her soul is surrounded by settings from her past. A familiar face comes to escort her to the afterlife.

YAKAP by Mika Fabella and Rafael Froilan – Cinemalaya 2018 Shorts B

WATCH: Here's the teaser to Mika Fabella and Rafael Froilan's YAKAP, one of the 10 short feature film finalists for #Cinemalaya2018.A woman’s last few moments of life before crossing over to the afterlife are told through dance.Catch it on August 3 to 12 at CCP and select Ayala Cinemas!

Posted by Cinemalaya on Sunday, July 1, 2018

 


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