Century of Birthing

A meditation on the roles of the artist, the prophet and the acolyte. First off, we follow Homer, a filmmaker who struggles to finish his latest opus. His friends and colleagues encourage him to wrap up the film, but he finds a way to resist and counter every entreaty. Secondly, we focus on a rural Christian cult that is largely comprised of young women and dominated by its charismatic leader, Father Turbico. When one of the members strays, the ramifications of her departure are catastrophic for both her and the cult.

Beast (2015)

In the teeming, steaming streets of Manila, we meet Jaime (Chad McKinney), a young Filipino-American boxer managed by his father Rick (Garret Dillahunt), an American expat. Rick has great ambitions for his son, and convinces the reluctant Jaime to tamper with his gloves in order to win a match that matters a lot to some nefarious sideliners. When his defeated opponent dies from injuries sustained in the match, the guilt-stricken Jaime insists on turning himself in, despite pressure from his father to keep quiet. However, the criminals who had a stake in the game are combing the streets for Jaime, and the young boxer has already found his way to his opponent’s family — who now must join him on the run. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga Engkanto

A Filipino poet is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of the super typhoon. For the past seven years, Benjamin had been living in an old town called Kaluga in Russia. With his grant and residency, he taught and conducted workshops in a university. The poet published two books of sadness and longing in the process. In Russia, Benjamin was able to shoot video collages, fell in love with a Slavic beauty, buried a son, and almost went mad. He came back to bury his dead-father, mother, sister and a lover. He came back to face Mount Mayon, the raging beauty and muse of his youth. He came home to confront the country that he so loved and hated, the Philippines. He came back to die in the land of his birth. He wanders around the obliterated village meeting old friends and lovers.

Ilo Ilo

Set in the mid 1990s in Singapore, ILOILO chronicles the relationship between a family and their maid from Ilo Ilo, a province in the Philippines.

Norte, The End of History

A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious and strange starts happening to him.