Cinema ’76 is a hub for indie film watchers and makers. It screens indie films, holds workshops, and even a place where the actors and film makers get to interact with their audience in a conducive environment.
(A late post, this has been in my drafts for far too long, sorry!)
This is what the theater looks like once you step inside. It’s quite small, but cozy. You can bring your own snacks and I highly advise this since there aren’t any stores around the area. Be sure to bring your trash out with you though!
Tickets are generally priced at 150PHP. Be sure to check the schedule of screenings as well through Cinema ’76‘s FB page. I recommend you choose earlier screenings since the evening shows are almost always full and can be quite tight inside.
Now to talk about the films I’ve watched and give little review.
Jane and Aries are teenage parents. They make a living out of stealing on the streets… until fate hits back at them.
Pamilya Ordinaryo is the kind of film where you won’t hear anyone talk, everyone so glued to the screen and engulfed into the story. Poverty porn at its best, we follow the lives of two homeless teenagers who are also young parents to an. We are given a peek at what it’s like to live off the street. This movie is one of a kind, although with an unsatisfying ending. It bagged quite a few awards on Cinemalaya including Best Full-Length Feature Film and Best Editing. The young actors provided stellar performances, Hasmine Kilip (Jane) even taking home the Best Actress award.
Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa
A young filmmaker and an aspiring writer struggle to make something out of their relationship.
This one disappointed me the most. After seeing the trailer with the signature anthem of Quest’s Walang Hanggan, everyone was hyped. The trailer promised a film that would tug at your heartstrings and make you cry but it didn’t. The only thing that I liked about this movie was the cinematography–such beautiful shots of the city. The chemistry between the two was off, which bothered me the whole time. The way they interacted was awkward. There were too many dead silence scenes that lasted way too long (the taxi ride scene was torture!). The ending, which was the plot twist, felt too forced and didn’t fit the story nor the characters. There were a lot of holes as well. I’d rather watch the trailer over and over (which I did) rather than go through that film again.
The film is set in surfing town of Baler where Ford who is wasting his youth away. Named after Francis Ford Coppola. As another surfing season is ending, he is forced to confront his past, including the myths and myths about his life.
This one has got to be my favorite from all the indie films I’ve seen. It’s a beautiful story with well developed characters and beautiful cinematography. Sid Lucero is spectacular, as always. He should be titled as King of Indie Films by now, seeing amazing performances after another. A cluster of messed up characters caught up in complicated relationships–exactly my cup of tea.