Our Guide To CinemaOne Originals Film Festival 2017

This is the 13th CinemaOne Originals Film Festival. You can catch The CinemaOne Originals Film Festival 2017 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, UP Cine Adarna, Cinema 76, and Cinematheque Centre Manila from November 13th until the 21st with an extended run that happens from November 22 to the 28th at the Power Plant Mall in partnership with Black Maria Cinema.

Here are this year’s screening schedules



From CinemaOne’s press release:

“Walang Takot also exemplifies not only the way the festival is embracing the changing face and attitudes of cinema, from the paradigm shifts when it comes to new ways of watching films to the influx of a diverse new audience, with a deeper sense of cinematic history and new cinematic modes, but also the way it endeavors to ride the changes by closing the gaps, striving for a cinematic experience that allows for the coexistence of old and new platforms and the convergence of old and new audiences, where past and future cinema occupy the same evolutionary continuum, looking back by moving forward.”

You guys feeling pumped? Let’s see what movies are showing!


Seven narrative films will grace this year’s festival. Narrative films are fictional stories that tell an event or a fictionalised story. Most films in this category have very believable characters and stories to help the audience immerse themselves in the story.


Directed by Giancarlo Abrahan, the story revolves around an 80-year old woman who decides that she will be an old maid. But complications happen when the woman tries to leave her husband for sixty years, their children then forbids their parents to separate.

Nervous Translation


This film is from Shireen Seno which is about a shy girl who discovers a pen that can translate the thoughts and feelings of people when they get nervous.

Historiographika Errata

From the veteran Richard Somes, the plot seems very ambitious. This is about a disillusioned and suicidal Rizal, a cross-dressing Bonifacio gripped with paranoia, an ex-Katipunero who joins the US army to save his own neck, and a widow whose sex-for-food errands lead her to become the first ever Makapili.

Changing Partners

Dan Villegas’ love story is shown through the perspective of different genders as it paints how a real relationship works.


A horror film from Kip Oebanda about a man suffering from a terminal disease who discovers a deep dark family secret.

Si Chedeng at Si Apple


Directed by Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red. In the wake of her husband’s death, Chedeng, 66, decides to come out of the closet. Her best friend Apple, 63, beheads her live-in partner in a fit of rage. Bound by friendship, the two elderly women, together with the severed head placed inside a Louis Vuitton bag, set off an adventure to find Chedeng’s ex-girlfriend.

Throwback Today

This is from Dempster Samarista which is about an exploration of the mysterious mountain while using secret histories and sacred knowledge as a way of learning more about our culture.

Haunted: A Last Visit to the Red House

From Claire Denis, Isabelle, a divorcee with a child, searches for love. A true love at last.

Amant double / L’Amant double

Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.

On Body and Soul

Two introverted people find out by pure chance that they share the same dream every night. They are puzzled, incredulous, a bit frightened. As they hesitantly accept this strange coincidence, they try to recreate in broad daylight what happens in their dream.


A Norwegian student, Thelma, moves to Oslo where she falls in love. She soon discovers that she has inexplicable powers.

The Third Murder


It is the new film from internationally-acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu. A story of a man struggling to find the truth while questioning his own faith in the law

Before We Vanish

A couple lived in a loveless marriage. One day Shinji left missing for a week and he got gentle and calm suddenly after coming home.

A Fantastic Woman

The story of Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is.


Rajkummar Rao plays Newton, who is trying to conduct a free and fair election against all odds.


Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Good Time 

From directors Josh and Benny Safdie and starring Robert Pattinson. After a heist goes awry, a bank robber spends a night trying to free his mentally ill brother from being sent to Riker’s Island prison.

Sweet Country

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia.
Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.
Here are a list of the restored classics this year
  • Celso Ad Castillo’s Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw
  • Danny Zialcita’s Langis At Tubig
  • Danny Zialcita’s Karma
  • Marilou Diaz Abaya’s Karnal
  • Lino Brocka’s Cain at Abel
  • Marilou Diaz Abaya’s Moral
  • Jeffrey Sonora’s Asedillo


As well as Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind


There’s also a special screening of two films!
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing

A darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move.
Battle Of The Sexes

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs
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