1. CHANGING PARTNERS (Dan Villegas) – ★★★★★
2. PAKI (Giancarlo Abrahan) – ★★★★☆
3. HAUNTED: A LAST VISIT TO THE RED HOUSE (Phyllis Grande) – ★★★★☆
4. SI CHEDENG AT SI APPLE (Fatrick Tabada, Rae Red) – ★★★☆☆
5. NERVOUS TRANSLATION (Shireen Seno) – ★★☆☆☆
6. THROWBACK TODAY (Joseph Teoxon) – ★★☆☆☆
7. NAY (Kip Oebanda) – ★★☆☆☆
8. HISTORIOGRAPHIKA ERRATA (Richard Somes) – ★☆☆☆☆
9. BUNDOK BANAHAW, SACRED AND PROFANE (Dempster Samarista) – ★☆☆☆☆
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1. JOJIT LORENZO (Changing Partners)
2. CARLO AQUINO (Throwback Today)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
1. DEXTER DORIA (Paki)
2. ELIZABETH OROPESA (Si Chedeng at si Apple)
3. AGOT ISIDRO (Changing Partners)
4. GLORIA DIAZ (Si Chedeng at si Apple)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
1. NOEL TRINIDAD (Paki)
2. SANDINO MARTIN (Changing Partners)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
1. SHAMAINE BUENCAMINO (Paki)
2. ANNA LUNA (Changing Partners)
3. EULA VALDEZ (Paki)
4. SYLVIA SANCHEZ (Nay)
The screening that I attended yesterday in G4 was like a game of survival of the fittest. By the thirty minute mark, a mass walkout started to happen and I wasn’t even surprised. This was pure torture to watch and I only stayed because sayang ang aircon.
There were so many fascinating themes here (prevalence of mysticism in our country, the effects of commercialism to the place, etc.), but there was a complete lack of focus on the subject matter. We were treated to random scenes that any tourist with a videocam could have taken. And chanting. Lots of chanting.
People onscreen would reference sacred images on the wall and we wouldn’t get a glimpse of what they were seeing. Were we expected to experience these things for ourselves? With the many steep staircases and tight spaces that were shown, that would be a hard pass for me.
I remembered watching Man on the Moon where a sick Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey) visited the Philippines to seek treatment from a (sham) psychic healer. Those few scenes said so much about faith vs science than the entire two hours of this tedious drone shots-filled documentary.