The new work is Direk Elwood’s 51st feature since he began in the industry in the 1970s, and his first since he was honored by Cinema One Originals with a tribute in 2013.
“Esoterika: Maynila” is written by Direk Elwood and book author/columnist Jessica Zafra. The story is about a restaurant worker named Mario who transforms himself into a literary artist. In the cast are, among others, Ronnie Liang, Boots Anson Roa, Vince Tañada, Carlos Celdran, Snooky Serna, Lance Raymundo, Jon Hall, and Cecile Guidote Alvarez. The director says that his new film draws from his youth and personal experiences.
Meanwhile, the Indian film “The Lunchbox” will be shown at 5PM, a little ahead of “Esoterika: Manila,” also on November 9 at Trinoma Cinema 7 as a prelude to the C1 Originals opening night. “The Lunchbox” is a tale of friendship between a middle-age office worker and a young wife that was forged because of a misdelivered lunchbox. The topic is inspired by the real dabawallas (lunchbox delivery men) of Mumbai, India.
“The Lunchbox” has received 22 awards from international film festivals, including the Grand Golden Rail (Critics’ Week Viewers Choice) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.
The 2014 Cinema One Originals on its 10th year anniversary will be presenting 10 full-length competition films, short films, the Best of Asian Cinema, and restored classics. The festival runs from November 9-18 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Fairview Terraces and Greenhills Dolby Atmos. For the schedule of screenings of all the films, refer to the Cinema One Originals and Cinema One Channel Facebook pages, log on to www.sureseats.com (for Ayala cinemas) or call tel. 722-4496/ 722-4532/7224501 (for Greenhills Dolby Atmos).
Cinema One, the number one cable channel in the country is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.