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Film: The CCP Arthouse Cinema is Holding Free Film Screenings on Thursdays and Saturdays in October with Some Cinemalaya Finalists and Local Stories

Have your movie dates at the CCP Arthouse Cinema with its free film screenings every Thursdays and Saturdays of October. All screenings will be at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theater).

Catch “Barber’s Tale” by Jun Robles Lana on October 3, Thursday, at 5pm. This screening is under the Cinemulat program which showcases films that breathe life and context on important social, political and cultural events that discursively shaped the nation and molded the filmmakers, their art and spectators.


Set in the rural town in the Philippines at the tail-end of Marcos dictatorship, the film tells about a widow who inherits the town’s only barbershop from her departed husband. As the hair business isn’t doing well, a sympathetic prostitute pressures her clients to patronize the barbershop. Starring Eugene Domingo, the film is the second of the Lana trilogy focusing on the small town life in the Philippines; the first is Bwakaw.

Also under the Cinemulat program, “Pagbarug Tu’ Pagtuon” (Right to Learn) by Arbi Barbarona will be screened on October 5, Saturday at 3pm. It will be followed by “Pisay” by Aureaus Solito. Both films celebrate the National Teachers’ Day.

Set at the last years of Martial Law, the film depicts how the young students at the Philippine Science High School, fondly called Pisay, pursue their studies while enduring the pangs of adolescence and witnessing the realities of life.

If you missed some of the Cinemalaya films, this is your chance to catch them. The CCP Arthouse Cinema ushers in 15@100 Cinemalaya Wave program, which acknowledges the contributions of Cinemalaya to the 100 years of Philippine Cinema.

On October 10, Thursday, at 2pm, see the Cinemalaya 2019 winning short feature films – “Wag Mo Akong Kausapin” by Josef Gacutan, “Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay Nya” by Gilb Baldoza, “Sa Among Agwat” by Don Senoc, “Heist School” by Julius Renomeron Jr., and “Disconnection Notice” by Glenn Lowell Averia.

Don’t miss the much-talked about Cinemalaya full-length film “John Denver Trending” by Arden Rod Condez. The Cinemalaya 2019 Best Film is about a teenage boy whose life suddenly turns upside down when a video of him brutally attacking a classmate goes viral.

Celebrating the LGBT History Month, the movie day on October 17, Thursday, starts with the screening of Cinemalaya 2005 Special Jury Prize winner, “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” by Auraeus Solito at 2pm; followed by Cinemalaya 2013 Best Screenplay winner “Quick Change” by Eduardo Roy, Jr.

“Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” is a coming-of-age film about a gay teen who is torn between his love for a young cop and his loyalty to his family; while “Quick Change” explores transgender community in Manila.

For the Pelicoolab: Gawad Alternatibo Specials on October 26, Saturday, director Rox Lee takes the spotlight. The Pelicoolab program draws inspiration from early, hard-to-find works of Gawad alternatibo filmmakers and winners who made their mark in the Philippine cinema.

At 2pm, watch the films by the featured filmmaker – “Ekis,” “Tronong Ginto,” “Manila Scream,” “Juan Gapang,” “Words and Outtakes,” “Moron’s Hobbies,” and “Spit.”

The movie date continues with the screening of the 31st Gawad Alternatibo animation winners – “Noli” by Rodnie Bolivar, “Pot” by Carl Papa, “Bagabag” by Haidee Salanguste, “Work in Progress” by Philex Angelo Merano, and “7:17” by Jennifer Aspiras.

All screenings are open to the public. For more information, call the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division at 832-1125, local 1705 and 1712. Or you can visit the CCP Facebook accounts and website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph).

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