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Restored Filipino Heritage Films Screening in Cinematheque Centre Manila This February

Cinematheque Centre Manila opens Philippine National Arts month with screening of restored Filipino classic films.

This February is the month of Philippine National Arts. To celebrate, the Cinematheque Centre Manila has programmed a roster of exciting independent Filipino films.

Films will be screened under the initiative of The National Film Archive of the Philippines, in partnership with various institutions and film labs that have restored a selection of Filipino classic films.

Gerardo de Leon’s 48 Oras (1950) is a noir thriller revolving around a man wrongly accused of the murder of his wife and mother. The title of the film refers to the protagonist’s race against time to catch the real perpetrators.

The film elements were loaned to the NFAP by the Cinematheque Francaise in 2014, to be scanned and digitized in the hope of possible restoration. Unfortunately, after diagnostic tests were conducted the elements were deemed too deteriorated for a clean restoration. The elements were then scanned and digitized by Central Digital Lab in Manila in early 2015, in order to secure a digital copy of the film. The elements were returned to the Cinematheque Francaise after scanning.



Lino Brocka’s Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1976) is another restoration by FDCP. The cult classic follows a young man in search of his provincial sweetheart. Brocka explores the themes of poverty and crime in the dark alleys of Manila during Martial Law.

Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag was restored in 4K resolution in 2013.  The project was made possible by the World Cinema Foundation, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with distinguished director-cinematographer Mike de Leon.  The restored version of the film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  It won the Best Archive Restoration/ Preservation Title award at the 11th annual FOCAL (Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries).

Lamberto Avellana’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1965) is a film based on the highly acclaimed play written by Nick Joaquin. Set in the months before World War II, the film highlights the relationship between a reclusive painter and his grown children as they experience the onset of war.

The restoration project was helmed by the National Film Archives of the Philippines and Mike de Leon and was conducted at the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratories in Bologna, Italy. The restored version premiered at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last April 2015 and was screened at the World Premieres Film Festival and Cinemalaya Film Festival 2015. 2015 marked the birth centennial of National Artist for film Lamberto V. Avellana and the 50th year for the film, Portrait.


The films will run from February 2nd to 23rd, 2016 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.  Screening is free for 48 Oras and P100 for Portrait of the Artist as Filipino and Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag. Cinematheque Centre Membership Card Holders are entitled to a 50% discount.


Film Development Council of the Philippines