Cinemalaya 2011 Day 1 of 2: i-Libings at Ang Babae sa Septic Tank

Cinemalaya 2011

Trekked to CCP for Cinemalaya 2011 to watch our First Batch of Films. Me and my friend have decided to watch i-Libings and Ang Babae sa Septic Tank  for the first Cinemalaya weekend and the film Ligo na U, Lapit na Me and Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa on the second one. When we arrived, ang daming tao sa CCP! It was packed like I’ve never seen before.

Daming tao sa CCP

It’s interesting to notice that the crowd was mostly made up of young people, even though most of it might have been students required by their professors to watch Cinemalaya films. But I do like to think that the younger generation is more interested in art stuff, and its not really a bad thing to require students to watch Cinemalaya movies, para mabahiran ng kultura ang mga katawan nila, as my friend aptly puts it.

Some and quick musings on today’s watched films:

  1. Thank God i-Libings was worth the wait. The Glaiza de Castro starrer was witty and accessible enough, even though it tackled an issue as heavy as death. Galing ni Earl Ignacio, and Glaiza too, especially on her speaking piece during the last part. It had a lot of those blurry to clear shots though, na parang na-uuso na ata ngayon. I had my doubts if it’ll work with a movie like this, parang nagiging pa-art..pero okay lang..I guess it worked in the long run. Quotable Quotes: “Hindi lahat ng Namamatay, Santo.
  2. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank was no doubt funny in a lot of ways, Chris Martinez wrote it, and Eugene Domingo starred in it (her acting was eerieely real, by the way) so I wouldn’t be surprised. However, I think it ended abruptly, it had me saying Yun lang? afterwards…though it might’ve been intentional, representing how abrupt real life events can snap someone out of an artsy stupor. The movie makes you want to ask yourself, what’s the point of making movies about poverty when all you can do is make yourself famous by doing so and not really being part of the solution.
  3. What’s with Cigarettes and Indie Movies…all the characters seem to do it. Glinogorify na ba ang pag-yoyosi ngayon?
  4. A Nice Surprise was learning that Eugene Domingo and Chris Martinez was at the audience area watching the film. Siyempre, maraming nag-papicture.
Eugene Domingo and Chris Martinez being mobbed by the crowd

Going thru the whole experience, these are things I think that should be remembered when going to a festival like this one:

  • Buy tickets REALLY EARLY, As in a month early if possible. We went to buy tickets last June, so we didn’t have problems about scheduling, and we get to watch the movies we actually wanted to watch. But for those who were trying to buy tickets at the festival itself, it’ll really be a hassle. The lines are long and there’s a big possibility of a movie getting sold out, especially the CCP weekend screenings. Gone are the days wherein you could just come in and buy a ticket on the spot, that was Cinemalaya way back 2005…its now 2011 and is now more popular.
  • Buy your tickets at ticketnet outlets, aside from the one in CCP. Did I mention the line was very long?
  • Go to the venue at least an hour before. All movies are on a free seating basis, and you would want to get the best seats in the house right..?
  • Students get as much as 50% discount on tickets, so if the ticketnet lady does not mention it to you, make sure that you claim your student discount.
A bummer for Cinemalaya 2011 though is that they announced the complete line up only a week before (or then again I might’ve been not religiously checking schedules)…so there would be a rush to buy tickets for those non-competition films that you would want to watch, such as Rakenrol, Zombadings: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington, and Senior Year. By the time I bought Rakenrol at ticketnet, there were only 2 tickets left. Closing Film 1: Rakenrol = 23 Jul 2011 0900 PM Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Closing Film 2: Zombadings = 23 Jul 2011 Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo 1145 PM, Senior Year 17 Jul 2011 0900 PM, Tanghalang Manuel Conde

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