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Cinematheque hosts Q&A with filmmaker Alvin Yapan

An Kubo sa Kawayanan, directed by Alvin Yapan, will be screened at the Cinematheque Centre Manila for the first weekend of ASEAN Film Awareness Month. This is Yapan’s first work that strays from his usual exploration of the mystical and supernatural, with An Kubo sa Kawayanan instead elevating the simple and mundane to mythical status.  Michelle (Mercedes Cabral) is a young Bicolano woman deeply attached to her hut nestled in a scenic and peaceful bamboo grove. Although her boyfriend and neighbors pressure her to move on to bigger and better things, Michelle is adamant about staying in her humble home. The film meditates on the attention Michelle gives the simplest things - a beetle, a stone and a simple meal of canned sardines. Yapan uses filmmaking to glance at every day occurrences and encourages audiences to take deeper interest in the moment.

Yapan is a Professor in the School of Humanities in Ateneo de Manila University, as well as a multi-awarded filmmaker and writer.  His films Debosyon (Devotion), Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (Dance of Two Left Feet) and Anino ng Kahapon (Shadows of the Past) have garnered awards in the  35th Gawad Urian Awards, Chicago Independent Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Cinemalaya Film Festival and Bogota Film Festival. His literary works have earned him the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards on 3 separate years. An Kubo sa Kawayanan is no less lauded. It garnered four awards in the Filipino New Cinema category of the second World Premieres Film Festival. Best Picture, Best Actress for Mecedes Cabral , Best Editing for Benjamin Tolentino and Best Cinematography for Ronald Rebutica.

Although Yapan tackles issues pressing to the country he is intentional in his treatment of the subject matter. “I don’t want to do work screaming ‘we are so oppressed.’ I want there to be dignity in the way we tackle the Third World Condition but I still want it to be accessible. I want the audience to enjoy Filipino films again.”


Alvin B. Yapan will be present at the screening of An Kubo sa Kawayanan  on March 5, 2016 (Saturday) at 4:00pm. The Q&A session with the director will be held afterwards. Films screened during the ASEAN Film Awareness month are free-of-charge.

Film Development Council of the Philippines