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CINEMALAYA 2021 SHORTS

CINEMALAYA SHORTS 2021


Ang theme daw ngayong taon ay “Navigating Currents”. Pero alam naman nating mema mema lang yun. Nag-compile lang sila ng mga short films kahit ano pa ang laman nito. Sana ay “Pinoy Halo-halo“ na lang ang naging theme, para akmang-akma talaga.


May Travel Vlog. May Documentary.

May Cooking Show ala KMJS.


May Hiraya Manawari. May MMK.

May Daig Kayo Ng Lola Ko.


Karamihan ay hindi mo alam kung saang category mo sila ilulugar para sa festival na ito. Buti na lang may iilan na matino at nakapag-bigay buhay sa Cinemalaya 2021 maski papano.



1️⃣ MASKI PAPANO (4/5)

by Che Tagyamon & Glenn Barit


A disposed facemask is facing an existential crisis.


Yes. That’s the plot.


Ang lawak ng imahinasyon ng pelikulang ito. Ngunit nagawa nilang pagkasyahin lahat sa facemask.


Hindi na sila nagdagdag ng face shield, ng vaccine at ng swab test, para maihatid ang kanilang mensahe. Pero maganda rin naman kung pinaglaruan din nila ito.


Nakakadala ang musikong nilalapat sa bawat eksena. Nailalarawan nito ang emosyon ng facemask.


Ramdam mong si Facemask talaga ang bida rito. At siya ang pangunahing sangkap para maitawid ang trahedyang dala ng COVID-19. Gaya ng pamagat, lumalaban tayo maski papano. I mask go on.


Nakakatawa ang boses na maririnig mo. Na siyang magbibigay gaan sa bigat ng sitwasyon natin.


Makabuluhan ang mga salitang ginamit. Na siyang magbibigay ng konting liwanag sa kadiliman ng mundo ngayon.


There is sincerity in every humor and clarity in every metaphor.


This film effectively brought its humor and metaphor together to provide an optimistic perspective towards our pandemic situation.



2️⃣ CROSSING (3/5)

by Marc Misa

The narrative is brief yet comprehensive. It’s not lengthy, but it says a lot about the state of our nation. The message is clear and strong. But its impact is weak due to the ensemble and production.


3️⃣ THE DUST IN YOUR PLACE (3/5)

by David Olson

The script is its main asset, supported by a decent cinematography. The progression of their discussion is gradual and rational, allowing you to understand how they reached their conflict and conclusion. The presence of emotions, which is essential for this film to work, is unfortunately lacking; therefore, losing the chance to empathize with the characters and their whole situation.



4️⃣ ANG PAGDADALAGA NI LOLA MAYUMI (2/5)

by Shiri de Leon

Ruby Ruiz makes every role her own, and she makes no exemption for Lola Mayumi. You can easily feel the character’s inhibitions with her portrayal. How this film molded Lola Mayumi to be a demure woman is perfect. But in terms of presenting her as a scarred woman, it’s deficient. Her burdens are not penetrated deep enough for us to be a part of it. Nonetheless, it doesn’t hinder us from appreciating this film and its thought-provoking ending.


5️⃣ BEAUTY QUEEN (2/5)

by Myra Aquino

Given its historical significance, this film already had its leverage to be inspiring and uplifting. But the scenes lack the fire and passion that you’re yearning for. They heavily relied on their epilogue to fully share the beauty and significance of this film.


6️⃣ KIDS ON FIRE (1/5)

by Kyle Nieva

They have all the satisfying elements to make a good film — convincing actors, witty lines, funny characters, interesting plot, quality production. But they have become too playful and carefree, setting all the good elements on fire. In the end, what remains are ashes of missed opportunities.


7️⃣ AN SADIT NA PLANETA / THE LITTLE PLANET (1/5)

by Arjanmar Rebeta

The creativity of filming a video in 360° is acknowledged. The attempt to be an inspiration is appreciated. Putting those aside, this film needs an interactive dialogue that can provide more dynamics and tension for the character, as it felt like a flat adventure more than a well-rounded journey.


8️⃣ OUT OF BODY (1/5)

by Enrico Po

The execution was too literal and theatrical, putting drama and antics wherever they can. The message is there, but it was overshadowed by their unnecessary and overwhelming suspense.


This movie is trying to be cool and all that. In doing so, they neglect all the problems that they’ve presented. They have the potential to make a stand, but they prefer to laugh about their issues instead.


🔟 NAMNAMA EN LOLANG / GRANDMOTHER’S HOPE (1/5)

by Jonnie Lyn Dasalla

Hope is a powerful thing. And any film promoting hope deserves to be seen somehow. But this film is too underwhelming, as it only plays a video presentation with emotional narrations in it.


🔢 ANG MGA NAWALANG PAG-ASA AT PANLASA (1/5)

by Kevin Jay Ayson & Mark Moneda

Having a broad topic, this documentary tries to mix all the interviews and events together, serving a product that’s half-baked.


🔢 KAWATAN SA SALOG / A TOY IN THE RIVER 🚫

by Alphie Velasco

Everyone is curious about afterlife. But this film brought more mystery and confusion to the topic, as they keep on piling unwarranted myths and ideas on top of one another.


🔢 LOOKING FOR RAFFLESIAS AND OTHER FLEETING THINGS (-1/5)

by James Fajardo

The film had a promising concept combining social injustice, folklore and sexuality all at the same time. But just like its title, all these elements are fleeting — with no unifying vision to solidify their message. Their voice is muffled by their lack of direction, resulting to a chaotic mess rather than a beautiful disaster.


Date Released: August 6-16, 2021 for Cinemalaya 2021 via ktx.ph

Movie Review Ranking by: Goldwin Reviews

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