Cinemalaya Day 5. Screened 2 films: 1 full feature in competiton (Concerto) and 1 film in exhibition (Tambolista).
With Concerto screened, I have completed watching the 20 finalists of Cinemalaya 2008. I'll post my last reviews tomorrow (last batch of shorts).
CONCERTO (by Paul Alexander Morales) is about how, in the last part of World War II, a special piano concert is held in the forests of Davao. In these boondocks, a displaced Filipino family becomes acquainted with a group of Japanese officers, similarly camped nearby. Based on true stories from the director's family, Concerto celebrates a family whose reverence for life, expressed through their love of music and friendship, can survive even war, and shows how beauty and compassion can grow in even the harshest of situations.
Concerto is the era, epic film of Cinemalaya 2008. Ticking at almost 2 hours running time, I believe that this is the longest film in competition. The film is technically proficient. Cinematography was at its finest. Editing was brilliant. Concerto was able to bring the audience to the past which much success, which is seldom for Filipino era films. Production design was flawless.
The story itself is very unique, you'll never know where it would lead you. Though sometimes that works well...sometimes (or most of the times) it drags the film. I also felt that the film was not able to create an emotional connection, making the interesting plot line a bit irrelevant and boring to me.
Photos from Sine Taktakan (Day 1), where you can ask the competing directors anything you want.