Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2012 Review: Part 2   5 comments

Hi everyone! Before I start with the second of my four part Cinema One coverage, we’d go to a quick update of what has happened since. LOL. First, I managed to see a screening of Arnel Mardoquio’s Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, and boy was it worth it. Anyway, more of that later. Also, the winners for the festival were already revealed with Pascalina getting Best Picture, Alex Medina and Mara Lopez (both from Palitanreceiving Best Actor and Best Actress respectively, and Catnip‘s Kevin Dayrit winning Best Director.

If you haven’t seen the first part, here’s the link which includes reviews of Dwein Baltazar’s Mamay Umeng, Adolf Alix Jr.’s Mater Dolorosa, Emmanuel dela Cruz’s Slumber Party, and Khavn dela Cruz’s EDSA XXX.

Now, off to the reviews: Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Madilim na Gabi
ANG PAGLALAKBAY NG MGA BITUIN SA GABING MADILIM
Director: Arnel Mardoquio
Starring: Fe GingGing Hyde, Irish Karl Monsanto, Roger Gonzalez, Gloria Pearl Dy
Competition: Cinema One Currents

The movie follows the escape of three Muslim rebels, together with a ten year old kid who’s seeking revenge for his parents, in the midst of the Bangsa Moro issues in Mindanao.

To sum this one up,  this film really beautiful. More than the postcard worthy cinematography and the wonderful music all throughout, what captivates me about the film is its simplicity. We get to follow these four people, see their plight, and join their journey. There’s a deeper sense of understanding that this film brings without lecturing its viewers. The movie might be one of the longer ones in the festival, but you’ll never feel bore while watching. The film also boasts of exceptional performances especially from Fe GingGing Hyde and Gloria Pearl Dy who I’ll be rooting for in the coming awards season. Definitely one of the festival’s bests.

Grade: 4.5/5

Pascalina

PASCALINA
Director: Pam Miras
Starring: Mara Veronica Santos, PeeWee O’Hara, Cara Eriguel. Alex Medina
Competition: Cinema One Currents

Pascalina (Santos) discovers that she has the blood of an aswang running into her veins. We now follow how she dealt with it and how this changes her life.

Pascalina is a wonderful character study of someone who’s battling her monster within literally and figuratively. This film has the fortune of having an interesting premise that was sustained all throughout. Once Pascalina entered in the scene, you get to be more interested with her and that follows all throughout the movie. I felt that Mara Veronica Santos gave the title role justice, and she was consistent all throughout. Small roles like those of PeeWee O’Hara (who I think was seated beside me during the screening) as the aunt, and Ian Galliguez as the boss were also worthy. The camera used was hit or miss, though. On one hand, it adds to the effect of the “unraveling aswang” while on the other, it can really be distracting.

Grade: 3.5/5

Catnip

CATNIP
Director: Kevin Dayrit
Starring: Lauren Young, Maxene Magalona, Rommel Luna
Competition: Cinema One Currents

A closer look at the friendship between introvert Liv (Young) who has family issues and Cieca (Magalona) who lives a life that is perfect from the outside but empty on the inside.

For what it’s worth, the whole movie and its premise is interesting. There were a lot of approaches that were unique and some funny bits in it. However, for a film this short (I think it runs 70-75 minutes tops, credits included), the sudden rush of the third act caught everyone off guard and not in a good way. Many times while watching, I can’t prevent myself from thinking that the film is more style, less substance, and while there were some good things in it, there’s a lot left to be desired here. That, or it targets a specific audience that I don’t belong to. Still though, Lauren Young was fantastic in it, and probably her best performance yet (aside from her quick enjoyable stint as Mama Mary in Erik Matti’s Vesuvius).

Grade: 2.5/5

So seven down, six more to go. I’ll continue my Cinema One Originals coverage tomorrow with Gym Lumbera’s Anak Araw, Aureus Solito’s Baybayin, and Christina Linaban’s Aberya.

If you want, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

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