Cinema One Originals 2014 Kicks Off with the Theme ‘Intense’

Cinema One Originals, the annual cinema event of the Philippines’ number one cable channel Cinema One, celebrates its tenth year with the theme “Intense.” Alongside the full-length digital movies made by today’s most creative Filipino directors, the film festival also features innovative short films, restored Pinoy classics, and new works by globally renowned masters.


The entire run is from November 9 to 18 in four venues: Fairview Terraces, Glorietta, Trinoma, and Greenhills Dolby Atmos theaters.

“Cinema One Originals is definitely bigger, bolder and better. That’s why we are describing this year’s festival as ‘intense,’” says Cinema One Channel Head Ronald Arguelles.

The centerpiece highlights are the ten new films chosen from countless script submissions. These are: “Di Sila Tatanda” by Malay Javier, “Seoul Mates” by Nash Ang, “Red” by Jay Abello, “Violator” by Eduardo Dayao, “Soap Opera” by Remton Slega Zuasola, “Lorna” by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, “Bitukang Manok” by Alec Figuracion, “Abel/Cain (Esprit de Corps)” by Kanakan Balintagos, “That Thing Called Tadhana” by Antoinette Jadaone, and “The Babysitters” by Paolo O’Hara. Today’s biggest stars have willingly shared their time and talent to star in these Cinema One Originals films; among them are Jericho Rosales, Angelica Panganiban, JM de Guzman, Angel Aquino, Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino.

C1 Originals’ Best of Asian Asian Cinema is proud to showcase the dramatic masterpiece of Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan entitled “Winter Sleep,” winner of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or. Also in this section are famous films from China— Diao Zinan’s Yinan’s mystery film “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” winner of 2014 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear Award; and Zhang Yimou’s historical drama love story “Coming Home” that premiered in this year’s Cannes.

The Philippines’ most notable independent filmmakers such as Joel Ruiz, Adolf Alix, Jr., Pam Miras, Keith Sicat and Eliza Esquivel will unveil their new short films in the C1 Originals short film program.

Mike de Leon’s “Hindi Nahahati ang Langit,” a melodrama based on Nerissa Cabral’s komiks starring Christopher de Leon and Lorna Tolentino, heads the list of C1 Originals’ lineup of restored classics.

With over 20 films to be screened, this 10th edition is the biggest since C1 Originals started in 2005. Arguelles says, “We aim to constantly rejuvenate the Filipino movie industry by supporting works of independent filmmakers and by offering the audience world-class films. We, the organizers, took special care in creating the program and we are excited to present them to our viewers.”

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