2022 is starting to look like a year for comebacks. While some of them are downright tragic, like the return to power of the family of an abusive kleptocrat, there are a few that are a welcome distraction during these dark times.
Cinemalaya returns to the CCP and select Ayala and SM cinemas on August 5-14 with 11 full-length films and 12 short features in competition.
This year’s entries are the following:
12 Weeks by Anna Isabelle Matutina
A single, 40-year-old woman is forced to deal with thoughts of motherhood.
CAST: Max Eigenmann, Bing Pimentel, Vance Larena, Claudia Enriquez
Angkas by Rain Yamson
Two estranged friends rebuild their embittered past while traveling together in a habal-habal to retrieve a dead pal.
CAST: Joem Bascon, Benjamin Alves, Meryll Soriano, Jolo Estrada (special participation)
Bakit ‘Di Mo Sabihin? by Real S. Florido
A deaf couple learns that it is not their inability to speak or hear that tears them apart.
CAST: JC De Vera, Janine Gutierrez, Divine Aucina, Shing Gener, RJ Agustin, Sunshine Teodoro, Althea Ruedas, Luke Simon Cornel, Dess Verzosa, Disney Aguila, Jamil Carvajal
Batsoy by Ronald Espinosa Batallones
Two young siblings go on a fantastical adventure to satiate their much-coveted and delectable craving for batsoy.
CAST: Ethan Sean Sotto, Markko Cambas, Karen Laurrie Mendoza, Nathan J. Sotto, Jonalie Asdolo
Blue Room by Ma-an L. Asuncion-Dagńalan
Progressive rock band members make a difficult choice between freedom or standing up for what they believe.
CAST: juan karlos, Harvey Bautista, Nourijune, Keoni Jin and Elijah Canlas. With Soliman Cruz, Bombi Plata, Jericho Arceo, Bon Lentejas, Richard Cepeda
Bula Sa Langit by Sheenly Gener
A young soldier comes home after a siege and faces a different war.
CAST: Gio Gahol, Kate Alejandrino, AIR
Ginhawa by Christian Paolo Lat
An aspiring boxer takes his fighting chances and discovers the grim reality of the sport.
CAST: Andrew Ramsay, Duane Lucas Pascua, Ruby Ruiz, Rolando Inocencio, Dido de la Paz, Ruth Lopez-Dee, Elan Villafuerte, Shun Andrei Bacalla, Roel Abao, Kiko Matos, Jun Nayra, Jan Rebong, Chanel Latorre
Kaluskos by Roman S. Perez Jr.
In the middle of a custody battle, a single mother finds something underneath her daughter’s bed that will question her love for her child.
CAST: Coleen Garcia, Queenzy Calma, Karl Medina, Cara Gonzales, Elora Espano
Kargo by TM Malones
A woman relieves the heavy burden from her past when she finally exacts revenge on the man who murdered her entire family.
CAST: Max Eigenmann, Jess Mendoza, Myles Robles, Ronnie Lazaro (special participation)
Retirada by Milo Alto Paz and Cynthia Cruz-Paz
A retired government employee’s new hobby leads to existential desperation and financial complications.
CAST: Peewee O’Hara, Jerry O’Hara, Donna Cariaga, Dexter Doria, Nanding Josef, Lui Manansala, Johana Basanta
The Baseball Player by Carlo Obispo
A Moro child soldier aspires to become a baseball player amidst an all-out war.
CAST: Tommy Alejandrino, JM San Jose, Tess Antonio, Don Melvin Boongaling, Sue Prado, Pongs Leonardo, Joel Saracho, Bon Lentejas, Ely Cellan, Arnold Reyes (special participation)
Ampangabagat nin Talakba ha Likol by Maria Estela Paiso
Black Rainbow by Zig Dulay
City of Flowers by Xeph Suarez
Dikit by Gabriela Serrano
Distance by Dexter Paul de Jesus
Duwa-Duwa by Nena Jana Achacoso
Kwits by Raz dela Torre
Mata Kang Busay by Nińo B. Maldecir and Cypher John T. Gayorgor
Mga Handum nga Nasulat sa Baras by Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay and Richard Jeroui Salvadico
See You, George! by Mark Moneda
Si Oddie by Maria Kydylee Torato
Roundtrip to Happiness by Claudia Fernardo