Being young ain’t easy, but teens stay #slaying in this sassy film line-up this April!
The Cinematheque Centre Manila celebrates the “Daze of Youth” with youth cinema crossing all eras and genres, speaking of the wayward endlessness of growing up and the rebellion against stern adulthood. Audiences will be treated to special question-and-answer sessions with directors and special guests following select film screenings.
Screenings for the “Daze of Youth” films will be free or with a P50 admission as specified.
Select films will be accompanied by director question-and-answer sessions following the screening. Visit www.fdcp.ph and Cinematheque Centre Manila social media pages for screening schedules and updates.
Being young these days hits close to home with this batch of contemporary films. Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa returns to the Cinematheque with Nestor Abrogena’s narrative of a relationship at a crossroads because of the pair’s star-crossed circumstances.Ang Nawawala by Marie Jamora takes us into the mind of a teen self-silencing due to the death of his twin in his childhood, and who spends the holidays with his family after years of living abroad. Sleepless captures the restlessness of the young with Prime Cruz’s story of two insomniac call center agents finding comfort and security in each other.
Pepe Diokno’s Kapatiran tells us about the hazing of neophytes in a law school fraternity and its repercussions on the world, andAbove the Clouds by the same director, shares a tale about an orphaned teenager who comes to live with his grandfather in the mountains, with both dealing with the loss of beloved family and finding ways to connect despite their grief.
The awkward pains of growing up are chronicled in the films Big Boy, Pascalina, and Anac Ti Pating. Big Boy by Shireen Seno is a dreamlike portrait of childhood, about a boy from Mindoro forced by his parents to grow taller with a special concoction they created.Pascalina by Pam Miras is the dark coming-of-age of a teenage outcast who receives the curse of becoming a monstrous aswangfrom her dying aunt. Anac Ti Pating by Martin Masadao is about a fifth-grade math wiz and writer who pens a short story about sharks in the Cordillera forest.
Childhood and teenage friendship stand front and center of many of the films screening this month. Our own iconic “brat pack” flicks, Bagets and Bagets 2 by Maryo J. delos Reyes take us back into the 80s, with the decade’s big name stars encapsulating the fun of teenage hijinks and heartaches of sexual awakening. Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’s Gangland bring us into the 90’s with its gang of misfits struggling through their dysfunctional families and taking to the streets, while Magic Temple by the same pair of directors is a journey through a magical world where three boys battle against evil forces. The contemporary Iskalawags is also a nostalgic trip into the period by Keith Deligero, following a bunch of action movie-obsessed boys through adventures in their small town. We’ll be brought back to earth and to the slums of Tondo with Bakal Boys and Happyland—the former a docu-drama by Ralston Jover on boys who dive for scrap metal in Manila Bay, and the latter a true-to-life story by Jim Libiran on ruffians who are given the chance to dream and trained as a team of young football players.
It’s one against the world with select “Daze of Youth” films, first with the great director and National Artist Lino Brocka’s Miguelito: Batang Rebelde, about a young man taking justice into his hands when his mother shows up from prison, having been hidden from him and framed by his father. Celebrated filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya also has a film, Sa Pusod Ng Dagat, showing this April, about a provincial lad who takes the mantle of his mother’s job as the small town’s only midwife. The multi-awarded Boses by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil is the tale of a young prodigy, muted by parental abuse, whose talent for the violin is inadvertently discovered.
Romance won’t be left out of these youthful fantasies, what with the works Badjao: The Sea Gypsies, Agaton and Mindy, and Ilusyonscreening at the Cinematheque. Directed by another great National Artist, Lamberto Avellana, Badjao: The Sea Gypsies is a jaunt into old young love, the story of a Badjao and a Tausug who fall in love despite their warring tribes. Ilusyon by Ellen Ramos and Paolo Villaluna is a tale set in the 50s, about a promdi who settles in Manila to look for his father, but instead pretends to be him to paint a charming nude model. Agaton and Mindy, by Peque Gallaga, follows a pair of dancers who are wholly different in their circumstances but must come together to find the desire needed for a performance.