Now on its third installment, QCinema International Film Festival (QCIFF) 2015 will host a 10-day movie affair that aims to satiate every northern filmophile’s cinematic fantasies. Top caliber local and international films, including two film discourses, will run at the Trinoma, Gateway Mall, and Robinson’s Galleria cinemas for the festival run from October 22 to 31.
The festival will kick off its first day at the Gateway Mall with the screening of The Last Pinoy Action King, a portrait film on the life and death of Rudy “Daboy” Fernandez, one of the Philippines’ most beloved screen icons. The movie was co-directed by internationally renowned filmmakers Andrew Leavold and Daniel Palisa.
This year’s Circle Competition lineup includes Water Lemon by Lemuel Lorca; Kapatiran by Pepe Diokno; Iisa by Chuch Gutierrez; Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo by Mihk Vergara; Gayuma by Cesar Hernando; Matangtubig by Jet Leyco; Apocalypse Child by Monster Jimenez and Mario Cornejo; and Sleepless by Prime Cruz.
The selected documentary film finalists are Of Cats, Dogs, Farm Animals, and Sashimi by Perry Dizon; The Crescent Rising” by Sheron Dayoc; Audio Perpetua by Universe Baldoza; Traslacion: Ang Paglakad sa Altar ng Alanganin by Will Fredo; and Bingat by Choy Pangilinan, Qubry Quesada, Joolia Demigillo, and Abet Umil.
The QCinema Awards Night will be held at the QC Interactive Museum on October 28.
Art and culture capital
According to Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, the local government has always dreamed of transforming the northern metropolis into the art and culture capital of the Philippines.
“For this particular QCinema, the city council allocated P22 million, and I think, having seen the roster of films we have set for you, this money will be well spent and used towards achieving our goals and dreams. That is, putting Quezon City on the map along all those great cities that we remember when we think about films like Berlin, Venice, and Toronto,” she said.
QCIFF works with a wide range of local and international partners to come up with a well curated movie selection. This year, the festival will present 11 more film categories in addition to the Circle Competition and DoQC International Documentary.
Screen International will present three award-winning films from all over the world: Tale of Tales from Italy; India’s Court, and Cemetery of Splendour from Thailand.
Rainbow QC will screen films with stories that show the different faces of sexuality and sensuality such as Eisenstein in Guanajuato by Peter Greenaway of Ne-therlands; Summer of Sangaile by Euro-pean director Alanté Kavaïté; and Tangerine by American director Sean Baker.
The Little Prince, a French fantasy film directed by Mark Osborne whose script is loosely based on the book of the same name, will be shown in Special Children’s Screenings. This is co-presented with MTRCB. Other titles included here are La Famille Belier by Eric Lartigau and Microbe and Gasoline by Michel Gondry.
The Iranian vampire film, “Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” by Ana Lily Amirpour, will serve as the highlight piece of QCIFF’s Special Halloween Screening.
Some 60 movies will be shown throughout the festival, which, as Vice Mayor Belmonte noted is a huge leap from the three movies QCinema initially showed during its first run in 2012.
For more information, visit www.qcinema.ph.