Here’s Why You Should Not Miss the 10th QCinema International Film Festival

Here’s Why You Should Not Miss the 10th QCinema International Film Festival


One of the things robbed from us of the pandemic was watching films inside the theater. There may be a lot of movies available online that we can enjoy in the luxury of our screens, but nothing really beats the feeling of the big screen, in a dark room, enjoying the picture in its full glory. 

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If you are looking for the perfect opportunity to reclaim your cinematic experience, then the QCinema International Film Festival is what you need. Forwarding “In10sity” as this year’s theme, the lineup of films for the week-long festival will open your eyes to different worlds, characters, and narratives built on screen. 

The screening selection

Ruben Östland’s Triangle of Sadness, starring our very own Dolly De Leon, marks this year’s intense film exhibition. Meanwhile, Mihai Mincan’s To The North will culminate the celebration with a bang. Filipino actor Soliman Cruz is part of the said movie. 

Are you in for a fantasy faze? Let Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, Huesera, and Nocebo take you for a wild ride.

Restored classics such as Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love and Mike De Leon’s Itim and Kisapmata are also part of the festival’s list of films. 

Asian Next Wave, the exhibition’s main event, is back this year with seven titles, including 12 Weeks, Ajooma, Arnold is a Student, Autobiography, Plan 75, Return to Seoul, and Elehiya, which is the last movie of actress Cherie Gil before her untimely passing. 

For the Screen International Category, the selection features the different works of international directors and their own cinematic flavor. The following movies are Close by Lukas Dhont, Crimes of the Future by David Cronenberg, Corsage by Marie Kreutzer, EO Jerzy Skolimowski, Holy Spider Ali Abbasi, I Have Electric Dreams Valentina Maurel, and Walk Up by Hang Sang-soo. 

Next, the New Horizons Category is devoted to new directors and their fresh take on all things cinema. Here are your choices: Next Sohee, Piaffe, Saint Omer, The Ordinaries, and Utama.

Advance screenings of movies such as Argentina, 1985; Nanny, Bones and All; and She Said are also available for cineastes.

You can even expect the special screening for the following works: Katips, Love Life, Kung Wala Nang Mga Alon, and The Sales Girl

In line with advocating for justice, diversity, and inclusivity in the world inside and outside of film, the RainbowQC presents eight films to capture the LGBT community’s reality. The selection includes Angry Son, You Can Live Forever, Joyland, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Stranger by the Lake, The Damned Don’t Cry, The Divide, and Billie and Emma.

Aside from the QCShorts, the staple Asian short features will challenge the notions of cinematography from its aesthetic elements to its message on social commentary. The films include: Dancing Colors, Four Nights, Lili Alone, Papaya, The Headhunter’s Daughter, and The Water Murmurs.

The screening sites

Relish your love for the big screen in the following theaters where you can watch this year’s films: Gateway Cineplex, Trinoma, Power Plant Mall, SM North Edsa, and Cinema ‘76. A 20% discount is also available for students, senior citizens, PWD, and Quezon City residents upon purchase of the ticket. 

The QCinema Film Festival will run from November 17 to 26, 2022. 

Featured Photo from Triangle of Sadness trailer (via YouTube)

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