Cinema buffs, the ultimate binge-fest for you this week is coming closer than you think! Just in two days we would witness one of the biggest film festivals in the country. QCinema 2017 is back with the big celluloid guns. Now on it’s fifth year, they have a wide range of categories for us tropical cinephiles this week. The range goes as far as international acclaimed to masterpieces created in our very own shores as well. —by Rogin Warhol
The list and must-sees could be overwhelming. But don’t fret — the STATUS SKWAD is going to come through for all of you! Here’s our ultimate bucket list so you can QCinema and chill.
LOVING VINCENT IS THEIR FESTIVAL OPENER
Where do we begin? This biopic of the late and great Vincent Van Gogh is finally arriving in our local cinemas to enjoy. If you’re not into biopics that much, you’ll probably ask: “Why the f— should we care?” How about seeing a film where each frame is hand painted? That should probably pique some curiosity. This much-awaited film will launch the festival this October 23rd at Monday in UP Town Center and 24th in Gateway Cinema 6.
RAINBOW QCINEMA IS GIVING US #LIIIIFE
In their 5th year, QCinema decided to go a little extra for us. QC’s government has always been inclusive when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community. It’s not a shocker that QCinema will give us the line up. Regardless, we are excited to see all forms of narratives welcomed in this festival. They’ll feature a broad spectrum of narratives in this line up. ALSO, they planned for a Mardi Gras themed BLOCK PARTY at the Manhattan Strip in Araneta Center. Oh honey, we are living!
PUT THAT PRIDE IN THE RING: Signature Move is a film that has been choke slamming our radar for weeks! It’s an indie rom-com/coming of age flick that tells the story of Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim lesbian in Chicago that falls in love with a Mexican lucha wrestler. Hollywood Reporter gave it raving reviews and it’s certified fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. Now that we gave you the receipts, you should check the film out!
BEFORE MIDNIGHT IS QCINEMA’S ADULT SWIM
Hide your kids, but not your wives. QCinema is here to give us the “shooks” (their words, not ours) with their Before Midnight line up. This is another first for the year. They’re giving us controversial titles in our local silver screens. And if y’all want to see some shit in the last full show no less, this is the line up for you!
IS A DISH BEST SERVED: We’re gearing up for some uncensored French auteur goodness with the film Revenge by Coralie Fargeat. Let’s pull out this receipt now. This film is one of the critical hits of Toronto’s Midnight Madness section this year! And boy, the film gets darker than the midnight sky. The film starts with a woman named Jen and her millionaire boyfriend’s vacation to a remote desert villa. But when her lover’s hunting pals come up, let’s say that this isn’t exactly a buddy movie.
MGA PELIKULANG KASING GANDA NG HAIR NAMIN
(MOVIES THAT ARE AS BEAUTIFUL AS OUR HAIR)
Heto na ang teaser ng comedy-drama na THE CHANTERS, directed by James Robin Mayo."The Chanters is a comedy-drama film about Sarah Mae, a 12 year old school girl, the grand-daughter of the last chanter of the Panay Bukidnon tribe. She obsesses with pop culture and readies herself for the visit of a sensational TV star to her school. As she perfects her dance, her grandfather, Lolo Ramon suffers the onset of dementia. As her Lolo starts losing his precious memories, Sarah Mae is tasked to help him complete the last of the remaining 12 epics, their tribe’s vanishing tradition."Abangan sa QCinema International Film Festival 2017 (Oct 19-28).
Posted by SineHub on Monday, October 9, 2017
One of the highlights of every QCinema Festival is the. This line up features our nation’s unique narratives. We are getting diversity, different perspectives, and a good ‘ol time from the new auteurs of the Philippines!
MULTI-CULTURAL HILARITY: Honestly, we encourage you to watch every competition entries this year. They’re all so diverse and witty! But what captured our hearts is The Chanters by James Robin Mayo. It tells the story of the last chanter of Panay Bukidnon tribe’s granddaughter who’s obsessed with the country’s local pop culture.
She prepares a dance number when a TV star was going to visit their school. But a change of plans occurred when her Lolo Ramon starts to suffer from dementia. Her mission now is to help him complete the last of the remaining 12 epics.
THE BEST OF INTERNATIONAL ART HOUSE
This festival’s Screen International is giving us four art house narratives that’ll either make us think too much or feel too much. We aren’t complaining! These international festival winners are being brought to us and hopefully that’ll stop any of you pirate streamers out there (we know who you are). Bring out the inner intellectual French beatnik in you and catch these films while you can! Don’t forget to B.Y.O.B (Bring your own chic beret)!
SLAYING US IN FOUR ACTS: Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is an Indonesian drama film that tells a story of a young widow’s journey to seek revenge on her attackers who had raped and pillaged her. But one of her attacker’s ghost is out to haunt her. This feminist western is surely to give Tarantino a run for his money!