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Filipino classic and independent films will be screened at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) later this year.
One of them will be competing for the Silver Screen Awards' Asian Feature Film Competition.
After debuting and winning awards at the World Premieres Film Festival Philippines, An Kubo sa Kawayan by award winning writer and filmmaker Alvin Yapan will have its international premiere at the SGIFF.
"The film offers glimpses of the multitude of stories around those who struggle to tell their own. It also offers a highly unusual approach towards ecology, as the sentient depiction of the bamboo house, with all its creaks and cracks, acts as a window that perceives the vitality of the exterior world," SGFF said.
An Kubo sa Kawayan took the Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Actress for Mercedes Cabral in the Filipino New Cinema section of the World Premieres Film Festival Philippines earlier this year.
Meanwhile, three short films will be part of the Southeast Asian Short Film competition of the Silver Screen Awards.
They are the following:
Wawa by Anj Macalanda
Award-winning filmmaker Anj Macalanda's second short film Wawa tells the story of a young boy who has to deal with loss and uncertainty after his father died.
It made its world premiere at Cannes this year in the Short Film Catalog section. It also won the Netpac (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Prize and the Special Jury Prize at the 11th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.
For Ofelia by Christopher de la Alas
For Ofelia by Christopher de la Alas is a short film set in a rural town in 1960s Philippines. It tells a story of a young boy who struggles with his mother's obsession of having a daughter that she dresses up all sons as girls.
The film was awarded the Special Jury Award for Innovation in Storytelling in the 2015 Florida Film Festival and the Directors Guild of America Student Film Award for Best Asian-American Filmmaker in 2014.
Junilyn Has by Carlo Francisco Manatad
The third Filipino short film competing at the Southeast Asian Short Film competition is Junilyn Has by Carlo Francisco Manatad. The short is about a nightclub dancer who had to temporarily take a rest from her job during the visit of Pope Francis.
The short film also competed at the 68th Festival del film Locarno.
Four other Filipino films are also featured at the SGIFF.
The Asian Vision section of the Festival will feature The Landscape Within by Andrea Capranico, which will be making its world premiere at the festival.
It follows the story of Eric who has been grappling the loss of a loved one through different forms of visual works, a healing trip, and eventually body painting.
Also part of the SGIFF's Asian Vision section is Jun Robles Lana's latest film Shadow Behind the Moon.
Set in a village where residents were forced out of their land because of tensions between the military and rebels, the film discusses the roles of the protected and the protector.
"The film is an immersive, critical examination of the relationship between the protector and the protected, making it not just about history but the duplicity of human identities and the complex web of lies it weaves," SGIFF noted.
Plus, Shadow Behind the Moon was entirely shot in just one take.
Brillante Mendoza's Taklub and the debut feature film by Dodo Dayao, Violator, will also be screened at the SGIFF.
Aside from screening Taklub, Mendoza is also in the festival's Asian Feature Film Competition.
SGIFF will also feature two restored classics of Filipino cinema. These are Lino Brocka's Insiang, which was the first Filipino film selected for the Cannes Film Festival, and Lamberto Avellana's Portrait of an Artist as Filipino.
The festival will run from November 26 to December 6. —Trisha Macas/KG, GMA News