Opening Feature

Masla A Papanok

by Gutierrez Mangansakan II

Historical Drama | 85mn | Davao/Cotabato/Gensan | 2018

A princess seeks refuge in a Convent to escape an arranged marriage. A young prince tries to make sense of his station. A giant bird mysteriously appears after centuries of absence. MASLA A PAPANOK (AVE) mixes history, myth, memory and magic to reimagine the Spanish colonial period in Mindanao like never before.

Mangansakan’s film premiered at the 2018 QCinema International Film Festival as part of the Circle Competition. It bagged the Best Screenplay and Best Aural Orchestration at the Young Critics’ Circle (YCC) this year.

Opening Short


by Carla Pulido Ocampo

As Limmayug carries firewood back to his home village, something falls from the sky: a 1950s television, with a hysterical showbiz star trapped inside it. She is Laura Blancaflor. The frightened man saves the television — nay, saves Laura — from the flames of the impact. Worlds apart in their language and methods, the two try their best to engage each other. But for the sensibilities of Limmayug, a citizen of an off-the-grid mountain town, Laura’s TV talk seems too contrived — and alas, during commercial breaks, uncontrollably tactless, too.

Pulido’s film is currently making waves at this year’s ongoing QCinema International Film Festival as part of the Short Film Competition. Catch these unique visions of Ngilngig on Oct. 25-29, 2019 at the Cinematheque Davao. Opening films will be on Oct. 25, 6pm.

Asian Feature 1

Mystic Shrine Maiden

by Yasuaki Genda (Producer) / Takeshi Sone (Director)

Mystery/Fantasy | 71mn | Japan | 2019

Toko works as a shrine maiden. Her days are full of joy as she would be called out by the village people to play or sometimes simply savor time with nothing spectacular to do. One day, Toko finds out that the village festival which she has been waiting with great anticipation will be cancelled due to an old superstition. Toko who wants to make the festival happen starts preparations against the advice of the villagers. Events unfold in an unexpected direction when she meets a strange little girl by the lake…

Closing Feature

A Short History of a Few Bad Things

by Keith Deligero

Tropical Noir | 90mn | Cebu/Manila | 2018

In the southern Philippine city of Cebu a troubled detective struggles to solve a series of grisly killings, while a deep conspiracy works to keep the truth just out of his reach.

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