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Pelikulaya: Mga kuwentong Mapagpalaya

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (JUNE 16, 2023) — With the theme “Mga Kuwentong Mapagpalaya,” the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) celebrates Pride Month with Pelikulaya, a special showcase of LGBTQIA+-themed films that delve into the realities and stories of the members of the community which will run from June 23 to 30.

Kicking off the showcase is the special screening of the digitally restored and remastered version of Wong Kar Wai’s “Happy Together” which will be held on June 23 in Shangri-La Plaza.

The Pelikulaya 2023 titles will screen in Cinematheque Centres in Manila, Davao, Iloilo, Nabunturan, and Negros and in select cinemas in Metro Manila including Cinema ‘76 and UP Film Institute’s Cine Adarna/Videotheque.

Some of the titles will also be available for streaming on JuanFlix via starting  June 30 for as low as PHP 99.00 a month.

Viewers in Manila may purchase their tickets through Ticket prices range from PHP100.00 to PHP200.00, depending on the title.

Here is the complete list of Pelikulaya 2023 titles:

Onsite screenings at the Cinematheque Centres Nationwide:

  • Happy Together (Wong Kar Wai)
  • Girl (Lukas Dhont)
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma)
  • Women Do Cry (Vesela Kazako and Mina Mileva) 
  • Billie and Emma (Samantha Lee)
  • Mamu, and a Mother Too (Rod Singh)
  • Metamorphosis (J.E. Tiglao)
  • The Boy Foretold by the Stars (Dolly Dulu)
  • Manila By Night (Ishmael Bernal) *free screening

Showcase of Award-Winning Short Films at the Cinematheque Centres Nationwide (Free Screening)

  • Alingasngas ng mga Kuliglig (Vahn Leinard Pascual)
  • Love in the Ungodly Hour (Bradley Jason Pantajo)
  • Dikit (Gabriela Serrano)
  • Gulis (Kyle Jumayne Francisco)
  • Noontime Drama (Kim Timan and Sam Villa-Real)
  • Nang Maglublog ako sa Isang Mangkok ng Liwanag (Kukay Zinampan)

Online Streaming via JuanFlix:

  • Sila-Sila (Giancarlo Abrahan)
  • Metamorphosis (J.E. Tiglao)
  • Mamu, and a Mother Too (Rod Singh)
  • Rome and Juliet (Connie Macatuno) 
  • How to Die Young in Manila (Petersen Vargas)
  • Nang Maglublob ako sa Isang Mangkok ng Liwanag (Kukay Zinampan)
  • This is Not A Coming Out Story (Mark Felix Ebreo) 
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma) *pay-per-view
  • Women Do Cry (Vesela Kazako and Mina Mileva)  *pay-per-view

Through this special programming, the FDCP aims to put the spotlight on underrepresented members of the LGBTQIA+ community to promote a better understanding of inclusivity, diversity, and equality. 

“This event [Pelikulaya] aims to raise awareness on LGBTQIA+ issues. We believe that by using the power of film, we can do our part in showcasing films that celebrate LGBTQIA+ stories. Hoping to create understanding of the lives, perspectives & advocacies shown in each film,” FDCP Chairman and CEO Tirso Cruz III said in a statement.

“With that, the FDCP sends our love and gratitude to you all for being with us, and we hope you'll have a memorable experience in all of our Cinematheque Centres across the Philippines,” Cruz ended.

Pelikulaya 2023 is presented by the FDCP, JuanFlix, and Cinematheque Centres and is supported by Shangri-La Red Carpet, Cinema ‘76, UP Film Institute, the US Embassy in the Philippines, the Royal Thai Embassy Manila, the Embassy of Ireland in the Philippines, the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines, and the Embassy of Canada to the Philippines.

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