Ang Katiwala (The Caretaker)
Director: Aloy Adlawan
Cast: Dennis Trillo, Ronnie Lazaro, Angelina Canapi, Althea Vega, Miggs Cuaderno, Neri Naig, Ernie Zarate, Shyr Valdez, Richard Manabat, Louella de Cordova, Aileen Lota, Dado Jose
Ruben loses his job as a carpenter in a small town in Zambales where he lives with his wife and their 10-year old son. Desperate to make ends meet, he accepts a job as a caretaker of an abandoned property in Quezon City. Ruben soon finds out that the previous owner of the house is an important figure in the country’s history. He starts reading up to get to know more about the life of this person, his accomplishments and what he has done for the people. Ruben’s fascination about the person’s life and his inevitable hero-worship irks the only friend he has in the sprawling compound, the night-shift security guard who jokes that Ruben is slowly being possessed by the soul of his new hero.
Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There)
Director: Marietta Jamora
Cast: Dominic Roco, Dawn Zulueta, Felix Roco, Boboy Garrovillo, Alchris Galura, Mercedes Cabral, Kelvin Yu, Jenny Jamora, Marc Abaya, Annicka Dolonius, Sabrina Man
Gibson Bonifacio stopped speaking when he was a child. Now twenty years old, he returns home to Manila from his studies abroad, his first visit in three years. He finds his family trying to keep it together, his mother still hurting from a tragic loss in the past. Against the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend tries to reconnect with him, while he unexpectedly finds a chance at a first, real romantic relationship. Amidst the holidays, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationships with his family, his friends, and with himself.
Director: Vincent Sandoval
Cast: Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Mylene Dizon, Jodi Sta. Maria, Raquel Villavicencio
In 1971, Lourdes, joins the sisters of the Adoration monastery and gets introduced to the cloistered life. Shortly after, Remy, an extern nun gets an unexpected visit from her mother telling her that her activist brother has been snatched away. Remy asks Mother Superior Ruth for an indefinite leave of absence to help her family search for her brother but she turns down her request. Behind Ruth’s back, Remy starts attending meetings of families whose progressive relatives have gone missing, something that Lourdes discovers when she accompanies Remy on an errand in town. One afternoon, the two nuns attends a meeting and on their way back, they fall victim to violence. Devastated, Ruth, Remy and Lourdes individually grapple with the emotional aftermath.
Director: Mes De Guzman
Cast: Ama Quiambao, Jose Escobedo, Roeder Camañag, Fredie De La Cruz, Arnold Reyes, Carlo Aquino, Edelyn Escobedo, Althea Vega, John Paul Escobedo, Ronal Caranza
Lusing is a mother to five grown up sons who have distinct characters and professions of their own. Her children would occasionally come by for a visit. Each son comes for a specific purpose with different stories to share. Never has there been a chance that all five siblings came together nor met each other. The only moment they will gather as a family would be when one son is stabbed to death by a drunken loony while on a pilgrimage.
Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino
Director: Lemuel C. Lorca
Cast: JM de Guzman, LJ Reyes, Joross Gamboa
Intoy has had the hots for Doray since they were kids in Kalye Marino, Cavite City. Both marginalized as the long-lasting effect of American abandonment of the said base, Intoy has become Kalye Marino’s best “tahong” caretaker-with-no-angst-about-poverty, while Doray a cheap prostitute-with-no-guilt, tending to her siblings’ needs. Intoy strives to have his own cages of “tahong” so he can have Doray, not for just a night of quickie sex, but forever. But what will he do to when she offers to drop by his hovel-on-stilts to quench his passion, but before it happens Nature has chosen to play a joke on his tahong cage? Will it be goodbye to his tahong business or to his damsel-in-distress and ultimately to Kalye Marino? From Eros S. Atalia’s 2001 Palanca Grand Prize-winning Short Story, Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino is a love tale minus the obligatory romantic sentiments.
Director: Julius Sotomayor Cena
Cast: Sue Prado, Janela Buhain, Olga Natividad, Brandon Muna, Charlene Baes Leffler, Louella Camaganacan, Aaron Agsalud, Vicky Flor Dizon
Guam, U.S.A. Thanksgiving Day. Alex, a local newspaper photographer, gets into a “green card marriage” with her good friend James, a Guam-born Filipino. Miriam, a former member of the Philippine press and now an established Guam journalist, longs to repair a damaged relationship with her American husband. Ella, a hotel housekeeper for almost 20 years, finds means of sending her 88-year old mother to the Philippines with the uncertainty of coming back. As the island of Guam celebrates this classic American holiday when people count their blessings and give thanks, the lives of the three Filipina immigrants intersect and find themselves at a tug-o-war of sacrifice and significance where they must find their home or must they find it somewhere else.
Director: Paul Sta. Ana
In a country where a cadaver may serve as license for holding a sakla operation (illegal gambling) in wakes, people may exploit the dead in order to generate income from the profits of gambling, and possibly pay for its burial. In Oros, a funeral parlor owner sells an unidentified body to Makoy, a kasero in a saklaan, who, along with his reluctant brother, Abet, set the stage for a three-week long fake wake holding the illegal saklaan. The sakla personnel deals with everyone involved, including Linda, an impoverished homeowner, as they agree upon a fictional story which will “legitimize” the wake.
Director: Loy Arcenas
Cast: Shamaine Buencamino, Rez Cortez, Anthony Falcon, Paul Jake Paule, Endong, Antonette Garcia, Roli Inocencio, Garry Lim, Jelson Bay, Angelita Raymundo, Skyzx Labastilla, Ces Aldaba, Lou Veloso, Lilia Cuntapay
Circus hijinks surround the barangay of Sta. Maria in the midst of an international murder sensation. Swanie, Sta. Maria’s barangay chair and a distant relative of the killer, tries to gain political points by staging a wake for the criminal-turned-celebrity. Meanwhile in faraway Manila, Joanna, Swanie’s runaway son, navigates his way through labyrinthine bureaucracy, to give a neighbor a proper burial. With these two unrelated deaths, estranged mother and son each bury the dead long shelved in their hearts. Amidst these unspoken family burials, the neighborhoods’ penchant for funeral fiestas, gossip and secrets, bizarre social events and the sheer mix of scandal and inebriation complete the picture of dying the Pinoy way.
Director: Emmanuel Quindo Palo
Cast: Coco Martin, Alessandra de Rossi, Anita Linda, Angel Aquino, Irma Adlawan, Nanding Josef, Lui Manansala, Joe Gruta, Bea Garcia, Dax Alejandro, Rie Batingana
When Paulino Mungcal and his co-worker in a lahar-filled quarry unexpectedly dig up the remains of his 2-year daughter Marikit, they discover that she showed no signs of decay. Could this be a miracle, and could she — despite death – cure the sick? Inspired by whatever healing power the deceased child may have, Pol asks the church to declare her a saint. But how, when her resurgence stirs up emotions buried by time, and shores up questions about pure love, guilt, sin and salvation?
Director: Gino M. Santos
Cast: Albie Casiño, Dawn Balagot, Patrick Sugui
Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, “The Animals” chronicles a day in the life of Jake, Trina, and Alex, who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with. All Jake wants to do is have a good time, Alex just wants to fit in, and Trina simply wants more. A very vivid picture is painted of life in high school after the final bell rings, as well as a different side of the Philippines, and what is happening to its privileged children.