Festival Guide: CinemaOne Originals Festival 2019
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The Unreel Guide to CinemaOne Originals Festival 2019

The festival happens from November 7 - 17, 2019

Event featured:
CinemaOne Originals Festival 2019
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Event venue(s):
TriNoma Mall, Glorietta, Ayala Manila Bay, Gateway, Powerplant Makati
Event date(s):
November 7 - 17, 2019
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Celebrating fifteen years of programming, CinemaOne Originals returns for another round of Filipino films to watch. The event happens over ten days, from November 7th to 17th, in various participating malls.

This year’s theme inquires if you’re prepared—”Kaya Mo?”—for the films that are to come. According to the press release: “The CinemaOne Originals mandate has been to give filmmakers, first-timers and otherwise, a platform to fully express their visions.” In line with, CinemaOne has granted each of this year’s eight full-length entries with PHP 3,000,000 grants.

We have gathered everything you need to know about this year’s program, including the competing features, shorts, documentaries, screening schedules, ticket information, and more. We’ll update this festival guide as details become available.

Festival Guide: CinemaOne Originals Festival 2019

CinemaOne Originals 2019: Competition films

This year’s entries cast to a wide net, genre-wise. There is a bildungsroman, a noir, a gothic horror, and a resurrection rom-com. Check out this year’s entries below.


Direction: Victor Villanueva
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Cast: Alexandra Derossi, JM De Guzman

A young woman who leads a lonely, mundane existence in the real world but who has the perfect life in her lucid dreams which she can somehow control, meets a mysterious stranger who challenges her to turn her dream life into something a bit more adventurous. Then her dreams become more real than her reality and the line between the two starts to blur.


Direction: J.E. Tiglao
Genre: Drama
Cast: Gold Aceron, Iana Bernardez, Ivan Padilla, Ricky Davao, and Yayo Aguila

Born with both male and female genitals, but raised like a boy by his conservative family, Adam goes through all the things prepubescent boys go through, including a fascination with strange animals he takes for pets and being smitten by a lovely girl. His bucolic world turns upside down when he gets his first menstrual period setting him off on a journey that tests the spiritual and physical limits of sexual identity and into a new world of ambiguity and desire.


Direction: Kevin Dayrit
Genre: Dark Comedy, Romance
Cast: Anna Luna, Sarah Carlos, Lauren Young and Jasmine Curtis-Smith

O centers on a funeral parlor intern and closet necrophiliac who starts pushing blood after she meets a vampire drug lord whose sister she falls in love with, complicating matters even more than they already are.

Sila Sila

Direction: Giancarlo Abrahan
Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Gio Gahol, Dwein Baltazar, Topher Fabregas

A 30-year old man who returns home to Manila is forced to confront his old life, his old friends, and his ex-boyfriend at their high school reunion where the drama of the past and the present collide.

Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo

Direction: Denise O’Hara
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Cast: JC Santos and Jane Oineza

A soft boy. A strong girl. Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo is a love story that comes close but not far enough. When Alex DTR-ed and found out that Carlo is not ready to commit to a relationship, Alex must ask herself if love can survive without commitment.

Tia Madre

Direction: Eve Baswel
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Cast: Cherie Gil and Jana Agoncillo

Tia Madre is a horror story told through the eyes of a child: a clingy, hyper-imaginative and slightly twisted 10-year old girl named Camille whose mother Emilia inexplicably changes into something else, something more sinister, something more violent, something more distant, something that isn’t her mother anymore and quite possibly isn’t human.


Direction: Dustin Celestino
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Enzo Pineda, Vin Abrenica, Aaron Villaflor, Joem Bascon

A freelance videographer, a rookie police officer, an undercover PDEA agent, and a crime-in-progress. Only tonight, a comet flies over Manila and the cosmic disturbances turn everything on its head for one night. Everything that could go wrong suddenly foes right.

Yours Truly, Shirley

Direction: Nigel Santos
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Regine Velasquez, Denise Padilla, and Rayt Carreon

A 50-year-old widow who hasn’t quite moved on from her husband’s death convinces herself that a pop star is the reincarnation of her dead husband. But is it really all in her head? And just how far will she go to prove it isn’t?

CinemaOne Originals 2019: World cinema

Like in previous installments, CinemaOne is not skimping on film imports this year.

Everything from Cannes-winning Portrait of a Lady on Fire from French filmmaker Celine Sciamma to the much-anticipated The Lighthouse from director Robert Eggers, cinephiles have a lot of foreign movies to catch.

Knives Out

Direction: Nigel Santos
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama | Country: United States
Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana De Armas, Christopher Plummer

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.

Matthias & Maxime

Direction: Xavier Dolan
Genre: Drama | Country: Canada
Cast: Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas, Xavier Dolan,

Two young men’s lifelong friendship is tested when they act in a movie whose script calls for them to kiss each other.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Direction: Céline Sciamma
Genre: Drama, History, Romance | Country: France
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami

In 18th Century France, a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse’s last moments of freedom before the impending wedding.

The Father

Direction: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Genre: Comedy, Drama | Country: Bulgaria, Greece
Cast: Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova

Vasil has just lost his long-time partner in life, his wife Ivanka. When a woman at her funeral proclaims that the dead woman called her cellphone, Vasil seeks out the help of a well-known psychic in order to try to contact his wife. His son Pavel tries to bring him to his senses, but Vasil stubbornly insists on doing things his own way.

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

Direction: Karim Aïnouz
Genre: Drama | Country: Brazil
Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Carol Duarte, Julia Stockler

The year is 1950. Classical piano prodigy Eurídice (Carol Duarte) dreams of studying at the Vienna Conservatory. Her sister, Guida (Julia Stockler), however, is the first of the siblings to make it to Europe, albeit fleetingly: after having eloped with a Greek sailor, Guida soon returns to Rio de Janeiro pregnant and alone, unbeknownst to Eurídice. Kept apart by a terrible lie, years pass as the two sisters forge their respective paths through their city’s teeming bustle, each believing the other to be half a world away.

The Lighthouse

Direction: Robert Eggers
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror | Country: United States
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman

The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

The Truth

Direction: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Genre: Drama | Country: France
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke

The story of a stormy reunion between a daughter and her actress mother, Catherine, against the backdrop of Catherine’s latest role in a sci-fi picture as a mother who never grows old.

The Two Popes

Direction: Fernando Meirelles
Genre: Drama | Country: United States
Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Juan Minujín

Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

CinemaOne Originals 2019: Restored classics

CinemaOne Originals is premiering a handful of classics in partnership with the ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project and FPJ Studios. Check out the lineup below.

  • Aguila by Eddie Romero
  • Bad Bananas sa Puting Tabing by Peque Gallaga
  • Bulaklak sa City Jail by Mario O’Hara
  • Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit by Carlitos Suigon-Reyna
  • Misteryo Sa Tuwa by Abbo De La Cruz
  • Saan Ka Man Naroroon by Carlitos Suigon-Reyna
  • Tisoy! by Ishmael Bernal

CinemaOne Originals 2019: Opening & closing films

Screening as both the opening film and part of the fest’s World Cinema category, Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is making its Philippine premiere. The film follows a couple of lighthouse keepers as they descend into madness after a strange black rock. It stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

Closing the festival this year is Mikhail Red’s Dead Kids, a neo-thriller set in high school starring Khalil Ramos, Vance Larena, and Gabby Padilla. The film has recently been picked up as a Netflix original, making it the Philippines’ first.

CinemaOne Originals 2019: Screening schedule

Check out the full screening schedule below.

CinemaOne Originals 2019: Tickets and festival passes

Ticket information has been unveiled as well. Regular tickets will vary depending on which cinema you watch in. Festival passes are available in three options: the Premium Pass, the Origs Pass, and the Festival Pass. You can only purchase said passes online, click here.

The following rules apply to all passes:

•  THIS IS NOT YOUR OFFICIAL CINEMA TICKET. Please present your purchased pass from KTX at the cinema booth of your preferred partner theater.
•  PASSES CAN ONLY BE USED ONE (1) DAY AFTER PURCHASE. You will receive an SMS notification once your tickets have been activated.
• SEATS ARE AT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. The management cannot guarantee your seat if the screening time is already sold out before you arrive at the cinema.

Premium Pass (PHP 810)

Premium passes are valid from November 8th through 17th at the following venues: TriNoma, Glorietta, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, and Powerplant Makati. It entitles you to watch five (5) films featured at the festival. You will also have to pre-select the said films to redeem your tickets at the ticket booth.

Origs Pass (PHP 1,040)

Origs passes are valid from November 8th through 17th at the following venues: TriNoma, Glorietta, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, and Powerplant Makati. It entitles you to watch all eight (8) full-length competition films. You can only watch one screening per film.

Festival Pass (PHP 3,150)

Festival passes entitles you to watch all thirty-seven (37) films featured at the festival except special screenings/non-ticketed events. You can only watch one screening per film.

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