You can catch ‘Liway’, ‘Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap’, and ‘Sol Searching’ at this film festival

You can catch ‘Liway’, ‘Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap’, and ‘Sol Searching’ at this film festival

Expect a mixture of comedy, history, and drama this year.

There are two films that come to my mind when I get asked what my favorite local films are: I’m Drunk, I Love You and Birdshot. I liked I’m Drunk, I Love You because it was such an honest story about the reality of unrequited love. (Also because of Paulo Avelino, duh.) Birdshot, on the other hand, was a film that got me thinking. Was it about the coming-of-age of this young girl? About the endangered Philippine eagle? Corruption? It was a lot to think about, and it was told with such picturesque-yet-jarring cinematography.

While a lot of quality Filipino films are now getting some much-needed distinction and hype, it’s no secret that it remains a struggle for these films to reach the mainstream audience. Just think about the Metro Manila Film Festival and how much it values supposed bankability over art. Yikes.

Lucky for us, there are still some people who make it a point to give quality local films a platform, so that everyone can see that the industry is much more than just superfluous costumes and shitty comedy. Organized by the DLSU Green Media Group, the DLSU Trifecta Film Festival will showcase three of the most talked about films of 2018, together with short films from up-and-coming student filmmakers. For every Friday starting Feb. 1, you can catch Liway, Sol Searching, and Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap for only P180.

If you’re thinking twice as to which film you must see (frankly, I suggest you just watch all of them), here’s a short brief about the films that will be shown:

Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap (Feb. 1)

Pepe Herrera has long proven that his acting chops are award-worthy, and Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap is a testament to that. The film is about Eman (played by Herrera), who rounds up his friends to form a hold-up gang, because he wants to follow the legacy of his father. The movie is a rollercoaster ride of laughter. And before you judge it — no, it does not promote crime.

Sol Searching (Feb. 8)

Imagine this: two people lugging around a casket with a dead person in it, going from house to house to ask for money so they can finally bury the dead. This is what Sol Searching is seemingly all about — two people just trying to bury their dead friend. But it’s more than just that. It is also an eye-opener about the plight that farmers face everyday, all packed into one darkly comedic film.

Liway (Feb. 15)

Liway tells the true story of the life of Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, or Commander Liway, as she lived her life as an anti-Marcos protester in prison. The story is told in the point of view of her son Dakip, who she tries to raise as normally as she can while being held captive. Written and directed by the son of Commander Liway himself, this film has garnered critical acclaim for how relevant it is in today’s political landscape.

The DLSU Trifecta Film Festival will be held at the Natividad Fajardo Auditorium and Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium at the De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila. For more information, visit DLSU Green Media’s Facebook page.

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