August 03, 2020


August 3, 2020

THREE short feature films will have their premiere at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

The films are: “Basurero” by director Eileen Cabiling, “Heneral Rizal” by director Chuck Gutierrez, and “Nang Em” by director Maria S. Ranillo.

In Basurero, a fisherman finds himself in a dangerous side gig. Wracked with guilt and fear, he searches for a way out.  Actor Jericho Rosales will portray the embattled fisherman.

A Visayan short film based on a true story, Nang Em witnesses how an 85-year-old woman from Cebu tries to survive along through the quarantine.  While she sometimes falls into depression and anxiety, she fights through these negativities.  The film will open eyes to a whole understanding of being “old” in the time of “new.”  Veteran actress Gloria Sevilla plays the lead role.

Cinemalaya and Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theatre company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, synergize this year to bring Heneral Rizal to more audiences online.  Featuring actor Fernando “Nanding” Josef (also the artistic director of TP), the film shows the dying confession of Paciano Rizal about the Philippine revolution to his younger brother Jose.

Catch the premiere of these films on the online edition of Cinemalaya, slated on August 7 to 16, to be screened via Vimeo.

Cinemalaya continues to set sails amid the pandemic through its online edition.  Established in 2005, the film festival is co-produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc.