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ASEAN Film Awareness Month at the Cinematheque

This March the Cinematheque Centre Manila celebrates the ASEAN Film Awareness Month. Audiences can expect to be treated to the best of contemporary South East Asian cinema, as the selection of screenings from all over the region brings together the values, traditions and cultures of the diverse ASEAN people and paints a picture of their collective ASEAN identity. 
What’s So Special About Rina film poster
Hand in Glove Film Poster

Nine of the countries in the region will each be represented by at least one film. Brunei’s entry is What’s So Special About Rina directed by Harlif Mohamad and Farid Azlan Ghani. Thailand will be represented by Yusuke Inaba’s Hand in Glove. Featured from Myanmar is U Htun Kyi’s rare work, Successor of Merits and Aung Ko Latt’s Kayan Beauties. Hailing from Laos is Chanthaly by director Mattie Do and I Love You  by filmmaker Thavisack Thammavongsa.

When Will You Get Married film poster

The Indonesian filmmakers contributed four films to the selection. First is Ody Harahap’s When Will You Get Married, followed by the coming-of-age film Filosofi Kopi by Angga Sasongko. The third entry We Are Moluccans was also filmed by Sasongko. Before Morning Returns by Lasja Fauzia Susatyo closes the Indonesian entries.

Vietnamese director Bui Trung Hai contributed three of his films to the March screenings. When Autumn Sunlight Comes which earned the Gold Remi Award for First Feature Film at the 41st Houston Film Festival. Hai’s short films are also included in the selection: Summer Rain and David and Luisa. David and Luisa won the Bronze Remi Award at the Houston Film Festival in 2015. Le Hoang’s Hot Sand is the last Vietnamese entry.

My Beloved Dearest film poster

Singapore has two entries included in the ASEAN Film Awareness Month. My Beloved Dearest which won the Best Asian Film (Jury Prize) at the SalaMindanaw International Film Festival in 2013 and Best Feature at the 12th Royal Bali International Film Festival. Another Singaporean entry is 7 Letters, an omnibus assembled by 7 different directors as an homage to the 50th anniversary of Singapore.

Malaysia contributed three films. Nova by Nik Amir Mustapha which was a contender in the Asian Future Category at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival. Another Malaysian film to look out for is The Journey of Chiu Keng Guan – considered the highest grossing film to date in Malaysian independent cinema. Syafiq Yusof’s horror film Villa Nabila rounds off the group.

Ang Kubo Sa Kawayanan film poster

Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa film poster

Meanwhile the Philippines screens three local films including Ang Kubo Sa Kawayanan by Alvin Yapan, Nestor Abrogena’s Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa and Da Dog Show by Ralston Jover.

The ASEAN Film Awareness month will include special Q&A sessions with selected ASEAN and Filipino filmmakers. On weekends, the Cinematheque will also host its first set of special outdoor screenings. Throughout March, ASEAN films will be promoted in the hopes of launching vital discourse and building a film community amongst South East Asians with the goal of ‘One Vision, One Identity, and One Community’.

Please visit http://www.fdcp.ph/contents/view?id=cinemathequemanila and Cinematheque social media pages for screening schedules and updates.

All screenings for the Film ASEAN Awareness month of March will be free admission.



Film Development Council of the Philippines