QCInema Int'l Film Festival

Recurated exhibit formally opens QCIFF
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Brocka, Bernal, &and  The City, an exhibition on the life and works of National Artists for Cinema, Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal, formally opened the seventh edition of the annual QCinema International Film Festival (QCIFF) in simple rites at the Gateway Gallery in Araneta City.

The recurated exhibit was graced by QC mayor and QCIFF founder Joy Belmonte, festival director Ed Leaño, FDCP chairman Liza Diño-Seguerra, and curator Arch. Gerry Torres. The said exhibit was presented early this year at the De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde's School of Design and Arts to celebrate their Pearl Anniversary, as well as the centennial of Philippine cinema.

The works of these two esteemed directors are juxtaposed in using the city, not only as venue but also as character, in their oeuvres.

"Brocka and Bernal's masterpieces essay the urban experiences of their time, while espousing their activism," noted Center for Campus Art curator, Arch. Torres.

Brocka and Bernal's masterpieces encapsulated the golden age of cinema that paved the way as we celebrate 100 years of Philippine cinema.

"This year's edition of QCinema coincides with the 80th charter anniversary of Quezon City. And this is marked by an increasing number of women in the competition, all showing excellence in their craftsmanship. QCIFF defies the changing landscape of cinema. We also see a surge in the new generation of followers," enthused Mayor Joy Belmonte.

This is also the first time a Filipino movie is screened on opening night. Sigrid Andrea Bernardo's thriller "Untrue," that was shot in T'bilisi, Georgia, made that distinction. A bruised and beaten wife named Mara (Cristine Reyes) seeks the help of the Georgian police against her husband Joachim (Xian Lim). In this Rashomon-inspired narrative, truths, lies, and the dark past will be uncovered.

"We are also relaunching the Asian New Wave as main competition category for the Pylon Awards. QCinema focuses on great strides that filmmakers have made in the industry as a whole. There are 73 films to be screened in ten days," apprised festival director Ed Leaño.

QCinema runs from Oct. 13 through 19 at Gateway Cineplex 10, Robinsons Galleria, and Trinoma. And from Oct. 19 to 22 at the UPFI Cine Adarna, Cinema 76, and Cinema Centenario. For screening schedules, simply visit the festival Web site, www.qcinema.ph.


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