Facine 28 film fest to ‘bring the sexy back’ to Filipino cinema
SAN FRANCISCO – Lawrence Fajardo’s “Nerisa,” the tale of a mysterious woman who surfaces in an island will open the 28thannual FACINE Filipino international cine festival and competition.
Closing it will be Joel Lamangan’s “Lockdown,” about a returning OFW who is displaced by the pandemic and forced to work as an online male sex worker.
Organized by the Filipino Arts & Cinema International or FACINE will run online on a streaming platform on Nov. 5-7, featuring eight full-length films. The Short Films competition will simultaneously screen 11 short films screens in the group’s YouTube channel
The annual festival, the longest-running event of its kind in the US, has been the premier showcase for new works for the past 28 years. FACINE, a not-for-profit media arts organization is based in San Francisco.
Six more films will complete the festival line-up, including two works by Irene Emma Villamor, both romance dramas with an edge, “Ikaw at Ako at Ang Ending (You and I and the Ending)” and “On Vodka, Beers and Regrets”; Jay Altarejos’s intimate take on domestic abuse, “Love And Pain In Between Refrains”; Dodo Dayao’s neo-noir set in the near-future, “Midnight in a Perfect World”; Joel Lamangan’s hearfelt story of family forgiveness, “Isa Pang Bahaghari (Another Rainbow)”; and Adrian Alarilla’s documentary on friends living and working in foreign lands.
Villamor and Altarejos are past FACINE winners: Villamor’s “Meet Me in St. Gallen” and Altarejos’s “Jino to Mari” were declared Best Films and themselves Best Directors in FACINE 25 and FACINE 26, respectively.
For more information and full program schedule, see website: www.facine.org. For further information, email: [email protected] or text: 415-410-9566 and for tickets purchase, see website: www.facine.org. Festival passes will be available.