QCinema 2019 Will Screen Cannes and Berlin Awarded Films This October
For its seventh edition, QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema) will feature local and international cinematic treasures including awarded titles from the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, also called the Berlinale.
Cannes Jury Prize winner Barucau (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles, 2019), and Synonyms (Nadav Lapid, 2019) that received the prestigious Berlinale Golden Bear will be some of the topnotch films that the QCinema will present in its 10-day run from 13 to 22 October 2019.
The festival marks its 7th year through screening a total of 60 films under 10 various categories that echo the resurgence of the Filipino films in the Asian market as well as the growing presence of outstanding women in the industry.
“We launched QCinema because we want to give opportunities to young artists to express themselves through the art of cinema and strive to create well-crafted movies based on nationalism, positive Filipino values, gender sensitivity, freedom, and excellence,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte shared.
With the theme “A Rising Wave”, this year’s QCinema focuses on the strides of Asian filmmakers in the cinema world with several in the community bagging the most coveted Palm d’ Or award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for two consecutive years.
It also recognises the rising number of women filmmakers participating in competitions for documentaries and short films. “It espouses equality, diversity, and representation in our festival programming. Of the 12 grantees, more than half are women filmmakers,” expressed festival director Eduardo Lejano.
Leading the roster are two much-awaited Asian titles. The festival opener Untrue (2019) featuring Christine Reyes and Xian Lim, is directed by Sigrid Bernardo who is also the mastermind behind the indie hit Kita Kita. On the other hand, the festival will close with Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s Wet Season (2019), a Hooq-produced sequel of his critically acclaimed film, Iloilo.
QCinema’s main competition, Asian Next Wave, where filmmakers across Asia competes for the much sought-after title, will include three Filipino titles: Kaaway sa Sulod (Arnel Barbarona, 2019), Babae at Baril (Rae Red, 2019), and The Cleaners (Glenn Barit, 2019) which is Barit's directorial debut.
Five other films that will showcase Asian talents at the Asian Next Wave are: Nakorn-Sawan (Puangsoi Aksornsawang, Thailand), Ave Maryam (Robby Ertanto, Indonesia), Fly By Night (Zahir Omar, Malaysia), The Long Walk (Matti Do, Laos), and Suburban Birds (Sheng Qiu, China).
In Screen International, titles that have circled major international film festivals such as the Cannes Festival and Berlinale will have their Philippine premieres. Watch out for Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov); By The Grace of God (François Ozon); Nina Wu (Midi Z); Bacurau, (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles); Frankie (Ira Sachs), Synonyms (Nadav Lapid), The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu), God Exists Her Name is Petrunya (Teona Mitevska), On A Magical Night (Christophe Honore) and High Life (Claire Denis).
The Special Screenings section will showcase Lingua Franca (Isabel Sandoval); Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (J.-P. Valkeapää); Top End Wedding (Wayne Blair); No Data Plan (Miko Revereza); The Cave (Tom Waller); Krabi, 2562 (Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong); A Girl Missing, which is presented by Japan Foundation (Koji Fukada); and recent Locarno award winner, Vitalina Varela (Pedro Costa).
In line with the theme of promoting equality and representation and with its continuing partnership with Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), QCinema will screen six films representing the LGBTQ spectrum in the section, RainbowQC. These includes Venice Queer Lion winner Jose (Li Cheng); Song Lang (Leon Le); Port Authority (Danielle Lessovitz); Where We Belong (Kongdej Jaturanrasamee); And Then We Danced (Levan Akin); and the Berlinale Teddy awardee, Brief Story from the Green Planet (Santiago Loza).
The Centennial Classics section will feature digitally restored films by ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project and FDCP. Part of the list are Biyaya ng Lupa (Manuel Silos); Malvarosa (Gregorio Fernandez); Insiang and Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag (Lino Brocka); Noli Me Tangere (Gerardo de Leon); and Tisoy (Ishmael Bernal).
Finally, QCinema 2019 introduces its new section — New Horizons. It is a platform for debut films or second features from around the world. It explores a range of genres such as The Bare Necessity (Erwan De Luc); Buoyancy (Rodd Rathjen); Homeward (Nariman Aliev); The Red Phallus (Tashi Gyeltshen); Chola (Sanal Kumar Sasidharan; and System Crasher (Nora Fingscheidt).
QCinema is the official film festival of Quezon City, touted as the “City of the Stars.” This year, it will run from 13 to 22 October 2019 at Gateway Mall, Ayala Trinoma, Robinsons Galleria, UPFI Cine Adarna, Cinema 76 Anonas, and Cinema Centenario.