Since its successful inauguration in March 2015, the first set of featured films have debuted in various international film festivals. “The exposure of the filmmakers in other countries brings pride and honor to Sinag Maynila and to the Filipino Filmmakers,” says Festival Director Brillante Mendoza. As we welcome the New Year, the independent film festival Sinag Maynila already has a line-up of films to be premiered this April.
Conceptualized and helmed by its CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng, together with world-renowned and internationally acclaimed Mendoza, Sinag Maynila gives grants to independent filmmakers so they can develop their individual material to a full-length film for public exhibition. For 2016, the festival has been opened to any Filipino independent filmmaker that wish to apply for a film grant.
Five chosen filmmakers closely collaborated with Tieng and Mendoza. This collaboration resulted in stories that reflect the Filipino culture while illustrating messages that will resonate globally.
Mrs. by Adolf Alix Jr.
Seventy-year-old Virginia shares the old ancestral house with Delia, her ever-loyal maid. Delia is marrying her long-time boyfriend, Rene, and tearfully confides to Virginia that she wants to go home to her parents in the province to start a new life with him. Virginia is haunted by the disappearance of Sonny Boy years ago and she’s struggling to conquer it. The film shows a portrait of a woman and a mother trying to juggle the sad realities of life in a cycle of life and death. Mrs. stars Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot de Leon, Rosanna Roces, Anita Linda, and Mark Herras.
Expressway by Ato Bautista
A syndicate old-timer named Ben needs to do one last assignment before the boss he works for grants him his much-delayed retirement. Assigned to be his partner is the neophyte Morris, a trigger-happy, sadist who yearns to impress the syndicate boss. For Ben, this last assignment turns out to be a journey of introspection, self-healing and redemption. With this awakening, he takes it upon himself to pull Morris out of the eventual hell-of-a-life he says he has lived as a hitman. Expressway stars Alvin Anson, Aljur Abrenica, RK Bagatsing, Kiko Matos, Inez Bernardo, Japo Parcero, Arpee Bautista, and Jim Libiran.
Dyamper by Mes De Guzman
Three friends wait along Dalton Pass at dawn to jump on the back of rice delivery trucks and steal the goods to sell it at the wet market as their means of income. One of them accidentally gets a pack of drugs in one of the trucks they jumped on and put themselves in jeopardy when its owners track them down to retrieve the stash, and give them a chance to get off the hook by means of taking on a risky mission. Dyamper stars Carlo Aquino, Alchris Galura, Tim Mabalot, Kristofer King, Liza Dino-Seguerra, and Debbie Garcia.
T.P.O. by Jay Altarejos
Teresa is a battered mother in the hands of her husband, Miguel. When their son Miguelito starts to get hurt as violence erupts at its worst, Teresa seeks a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) against her husband. Meanwhile, Miguel goes through the same long and arduous process of applying for the custody of their son on the town’s most festive and busiest day. When they see each other in the middle of the road, an accident will ensue leaving them both destroyed and at the losing end. The narrative will start repeating backwards, the truth will be revealed with scenes that have yet to unfold. T.P.O. stars Oliver Aquino, Mara Lopez, Micko Laurente, Menggie Cobarrubias, and Lui Manansala.
Lila by Gino M. Santos
Jess is a young woman running from her past and moves into the house of a warmhearted landlady. She finds a diary in her room that belonged to an old tenant. As days pass, strange occurrences ensue and the diary’s words take an eerie turn when Jess finds herself in the middle of a malevolent turn of events from a dark past not entirely her own. Lila stars Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee, Sherry Lara, Miggs Cuaderno, Kate Alejandrino, and Socrates Jose.
The 2nd Sinag Maynila Film Festival will run from April 21 to 26.
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