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Cinemalaya 2018 (Synopsis) Shorts, Main Competition

Cinemalaya 14
Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018
August 3 - 12, 2018

MAIN COMPETITION
SHORTS





BABYLON
By KEITH DELIGERO



Synopsis:
Two young girls travel through time to assassinate a small town dictator to revise history along with local members of the resistance. Jay, who aspires to become a Jai alai player, and Irma, who just became a pilot. All the while a widower is plotting her own revenge against the same man. They all get into a weird mix-up adventure with a talking chicken, a videoke machine from the future, a set of violent triplets and prank calls from the 90s. Welcome to Barangay Babylonia!

JODILERKS DELA CRUZ, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
By CARLO FRANCISCO MANATAD



Synopsis:
Jodilerks, has been quietly and diligently working as a gas station attendant for a very long time. Tonight is her final shift and she has decided to sign off in, quite frankly, outrageous fashion.

KIKO
By JOJO DRIZ

Synopsis:
Kiko is a narrative drama about finding what matters the most in one's life on a roller coaster journey. It is a story of moving forward, one step at a time, in the face of the harsh realities of life. 



The story revolves around Kiko, a blind gay man in his sixties who makes a living as a laundress in a poor coastal community in Batangas City. He raises his eight year old adopted son, Ton-Ton, and supports his lover, Rex by doing his neighbors' laundry. Despite being visually impaired, his hands and senses do wonders in delivering fresh clean clothes to his neighbors. Kiko's whole life revolves around Ton-ton and Rex, and that of the drying well which has been vital to his livelihood. He knows his circumstances and had long adapted to them, taking the most of what he can. It's the same when it comes to Rex, who never stopped philandering and engaging in dubious activities despite Kiko's unwavering support. As long as he can take care of both of Ton-ton and Rex, Kiko is happy. 

Things go awry when Rex figures in a drug mess, is hunted by a local syndicate and runs away with all the money Kiko had - leaving Kiko with nary a dime, and void of dignity and pride. In the end, Kiko is left with nothing and no one else but Ton-ton. Depsite the ruckus, Kiko starts the day normally - washing clothes by the drying well. Realizing that there is more than just water in the well, a quick pause is all that Kiko needs to muster enough strength and face a new chapter in his life.

LOGRO
By KANI VILLAFLOR



Synopsis:
Bruno, a little person, earns a living by working in a dingy restaurant. Unsatisfied with his work, salary and treatment, he joins an underground fight club to earn his way to the prize money and in the hopes of reaching his aspirations.

NANGUNGUPAHAN
(Who Rents There Now?)
By GLENN BARIT



Synopsis:
Nangungupahan follows the different lives of people who occupy a room of an apartment through different points in time. The room may mean differently to each occupant; and by overlapping these timelines, we gain insight about our shared space and history, as well as the bigger structures outside that affect us.

SA SAÍYANG ISLÁ
(IN HIS ISLAND)
by CHRISTIAN CANDELARIA



Synopsis:
A small fishing community struggles amidst an oil spill. Meanwhile, part of that community is a prepubescent and cheerful young boy struggling with his identity who finds comfort in his dreams of becoming a mermaid.

SI ASTRI MAKA SI TAMBULAH
(Astri and Tambulah)
By XEPH SUAREZ
A Badjao transwoman is forced to abandon her lover to marry a woman betrothed to her from birth.


Synopsis:
Si Astri maka si Tambulah is primarily about love manifested in a transwoman and a cisgender man in the context of Badjao traditions. But more than a story about love and traditions, the film wishes to provide a new perspective on the struggles of the LGBT community.

SIYUDAD SA BULAWAN
(City of Gold)
By JARELL SERENCIO

Yoyong (10), together with his siblings Darwin (14) and Abet (12) work as a child miners in Mt. Diwalwal



Compostela Valley. They live with their ailing grandmother after they lost their father in a tunnel riot. Amidst the threat of another riot, the three brothers bravely decide to continue working in the mines for them to go to school and save enough money for the government housing project. They look forward to moving out from the mining settlement and start a new life. But an unfortunate event stands between them and their dreams. Will they be able to leave Diwalwal or will their dreams crumble down like giant boulders their small hands chip everyday?

YAKAP
(Embrace)
by MIKA FABELLA
A woman’s last few moments of life before crossing over to then afterlife are told through dance.


Synopsis:
A woman lays on a bed, barely breathing. In between life and death, her soul is surrounded by settings from her past. A familiar face comes to escort her to the afterlife.

YOU, ME AND MR. WIGGLES
by JAV VELASCO



Synopsis:
"You, Me and Mr. Wiggles" is the story of Carlo and Anj, a couple who seem to have it all, except for one thing - Carlo's erection. Which apparently is no small thing as it turns one ordinary night into a night filled with emotional landmines that threatens to blow their relationship apart and force themselves to ask the question - can love really conquer erectile dysfunction?



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