Asia is having its rightful moment in the international film scene, and so it’s fitting that the upcoming QCinema International Film Festival, the official film festival of Quezon City, will open its sixth year with Shoplifters by Hirozaku Kore-eda. The 2018 Japanese drama premiered and then won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in the summer, and is Japan’s entry for the 91st Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.
Running from October 21 to 30, QCinema has a wide line-up of films to cater to the varied tastes of the local movie-going crowd. The Asian Next Wave is an exciting selection, though, as it brings to select local cinemas a number of award-winning works by promising Asian filmmakers.
But these are just a portion of what QCinema will offer, as the film festival will screen more than 40 films during its 10-day run, divided into distinct sections.
The Circle Competition, a section for independent feature films from both new and seasoned homegrown storytellers, will feature five movies: Samantha Lee’s Billie & Emma, Timmy Harn’s DOG DAYS, Dan Villegas’ Hintayan ng Langit, Gutierrez Mangansakan’s Masla A Papanok, and Dwein Baltazar’s Oda sa Wala. The selected films are also given production grants of Php1.5 million each.
For the non-competition section DocQC, which also provided seed grants of Php300,000 to selected filmmakers, documentary films All Grown Up from Wena Sanchez and Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala from Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo will be screened.
LGBT representation will have a platform with the RainbowQC section, presented by QCinema in sponsorship with the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Among the featured films will be Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon’s Tinta Bruta, John Tengrove’s The Wound, Marcelo Martinessi’s The Heiresses, Christophe Honoré’s Sorry Angel, Yann Gonzales’ Knife + Heart, and Yen Tan’s 1985.
Several critically acclaimed films worldwide will be showcased in the Screen International section of the festival: Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, which won the 2018 FIPRESCI Award at Cannes; Agnés Varda and JR’s Faces Places; Gaspar Noé’s Climax, which won the director the C.I.C.A.E. Award at the Cannes 2018 Directors’ Fortnight; Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, which merited the director the 2018 Best Director Award at Cannes; and Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s Manta Ray, which won the 2018 Best Film at Venice Horizons.
It’ll be a throwback celebration for the Digitally Remastered section, with the screening of some iconic films from the ’70s and ’80s: Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, Herbert Ross’ Footloose, and John Badham’s Saturday Night Fever, and more.
QCinema will also pay tribute to the richness of French cinema by highlighting memorable titles in the French Classics section, such as Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Diabolique, Roger Vadim’s And God Created Woman, and Pierre Rissient’s Five and the Skin.
For the Special Screenings section, five films from China, Austria, France, Denmark, and Japan will take the spotlight: Elephant Lying Still by Hu Bo, Ala Changso by Sonthar Gyal, Kater (Tomcat) by Klaus Händl, La Priére by Cédric Kahn, and Come On, Irene by Keisuka Yoshida.
QCinema will also have a free screening for children’s films from Denmark: Ask Hasselbach’s Antboy, Renée Simonsen’s Karla’s World, and Esben Toft Jacobsen’s The Great Bear.
To close the 10-day film festival and in celebration of Halloween, QCinema will screen on its final evening the film Piercing, a story of a man who checks himself into a hotel room to accomplish his long-time dream of executing the perfect murder. It stars Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska.
QCinema will have dedicated cinema houses at the Gateway Mall (Cineplex 10), Robinsons Galleria (Robinsons Movieworld), SM City North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, and the Ayala Malls Cinema in TriNoma and U.P. Town Center, making it possible for even non-Quezon City residents to enjoy all these films—just one of the reasons why QCinema was recognized in 2017 as one of the best film festivals in the country.
To know the full schedule of the QCinema International Film Festival and where to buy tickets, visit the QCinema website.