The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010's (The top 10)

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10.Ma’ Rosa

Brillante Mendoza, 2016

Ma’ Rosa (Jaclyn Jose) has four children. She owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa’s children are ready to do anything to buy their parents’ freedom from the corruptpolice.

9.Oda sa Wala

Dwein Baltazar, 2018

Oda follows the story of the old maid Sonya (Marietta Subong), whose family’s business is embalming the dead. One day she finds herself curious and discovers a corpse that changes herlife.


Chito S. Roño, 2013

Badil takes place in a tiny barangay in Samar on the eve of an election. The elderly Ponso (Dick Israel) is a veteran campaigner for incumbent Mayor del Mundo. He gets to work on that day, walking around town, handing…

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The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010's (30-21)

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30. Nervous Translation

Shireen Seno, 2017

Late 1988, Post-dictatorship Philippines. Eight year-old Yael (Jana Agoncillo), shy to a fault, lives in her own private world. Left to her own devices while her mother assembles shoes at the local shoe factory, Yael cooks miniature meals for herself, sometimes forgetting about leftovers for dinner in the fridge. In the evenings, she cuts her mother’s white hair for 25 centavos a strand while they watch soap operas on television. Yael only knows her father through his voice through voice letters in the form of cassette tapes which he sends back every now and then from Saudi Arabia. Their boombox has a problem of ‘eating tape’, but this does not stop Yael from secretly listening to Father’s voice letters. One night, she accidentally records over a voice tape meant for herMother.

29.Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang

Jewel Maranan, 2018

Sa Palad ng…

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The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010's

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The 2010s in Philippine cinema saw the continuous resurgence of independent filmmaking that emerged in the 2000s brought about by digital technology and facilitated by institutions that provide seed capital to mostly young filmmakers to showcase their works in local film festivals. The independent filmmakers in turn raised the quality of mainstream industry outputs as many of them got tapped by studios to write and direct their own films.

For this poll, we have invited 100 filmmakers, reviewers, academics, and film programmers to name their favorite local films of the past decade.  Here are the top 50.

50.     Florentina Hubaldo, CTE

Lav Diaz, 2012

In a rural area, a father forces his daughter into prostitution. Somewhere else, two men embark on a quest for a buried treasure.

49.     Lukas Niño

John Torres, 2013

Lukas Niño is a story of an awkward teenager coming to grips with…

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JP Carpio’s Top 10 Pinoy Films of the 2010’s

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FlorentinaHubaldo, CTE (2012), dir.LavDiaz–Clockingin at around six hours –amedium lengthfilm by his standards – Filipino film masterLavDiazpushes his use of long form cinematowardsanearpainful perfection that is almost unbearableto witness. Known morethese daysforhishigher-budgeted,sprawling, multi-character epicswith big namemainstreamstars, Diaz’smore humblesingle characterstudies – more so –meritourmuch-neededattention.Like his 2006filmHeremias(Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess), starringthe greatRonnieLazaro, Diaz uses a single character’s narrative to embody much ofFilipinopeople’shistoricalsuffering and trauma. Witha masterful performance by HazelOrencio,Diaz turns a soap opera plot on paper into one of the most convincing and authentic depictionsofabuse andtrauma in all of cinema.Other films merely tell the audience a story about abuse and trauma. Diaz’s use ofduration,long takes, visual and aural repetition,attempt to approximate the very experience of abuse and traumainto the audience.

KasaysayanngIsangIna (2014) dir.RueloLozendo–The only short film on the list, but that does not mean it’s a mere novelty. A great short film is just…

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Filipino Film Person of the Decade

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As we noted in the introduction to our decade poll, the 2010s in Philippine cinema saw the expansion on the huge gains made the previous decade, with the continued rise of independent filmmaking. While there is obviously no single person that can capture the story of the 2010s in local cinema, we thought it would be fun to ask close industry observers as to who they think is one figure that was instrumental in shaping the past decade in film.

The goal is not to tabulate, though for those who are curious, Lav Diaz was mentioned the most, followed by Antoinette Jadaone, Bing Lao, and Teddy Co. Our objective was to hear how the invited respondents defended their choices.

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Joseph Abello, filmmaker

“Jun Lana. The decade saw the division between ‘indie’ films and mainstream films. I wanted to mention two directors, one ‘indie’ director and one mainstream…

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Les chants terribles et envoûtants de «La Saison du diable», film monstre

PROJECTION PUBLIQUE par Jean-Michel Frodon

Grande œuvre troublante et sombre, le nouveau film de Lav Diaz évoque la terreur politique passée et présente dans son pays, les Philippines, et confirme l’importance majeure de cet auteur dans le cinéma contemporain.

Le 18e film de Lav Diaz est un monstre. Un monstre bouleversant de beauté et de violence. Un monstre né des amours improbables de la comédie musicale et du témoignage de la terreur politique, enfanté par un grand poète du fantastique. La Saison du diable fut la révélation du dernier Festival de Berlin.

Poète, conteur, cinéaste, Diaz a construit en vingt ans une œuvre considérable, de manière complètement indépendante, dans un environnement économique, politique et culturel terriblement hostile, œuvre à laquelle il ajoute ici une pièce majeure.

Dans la jungle des Philippines, un village est mis en coupe réglée par les militaires avec le soutien de politiciens véreux. Tout ce qui incarne indépendance…

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From the Philippine Daily Inquirer: ‘Halimaw’ in Three Continents

Written by Bayani San Diego, Jr, Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 22, 2018


Lav Diaz’s “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw” will be shown in three continents: Asia, Australia and Europe.

First stop for the martial law musical is the Jerusalem Film Festival in Israel, from July 26 to Aug. 5.

The fest’s website describes the “esteemed director’s” latest work as “an extraordinary musical… a Filipino rock opera featuring sung [lines of] dialogue.”

The Jerusalem fest relates that the film “draws on real-life characters… [and] unveils a particularly dark era in Filipino history under the Marcos dictatorship.”

“Halimaw,” which premiered at the Berlinale in February, is also headed to the New Horizons International Film Festival, scheduled from July 26 to Aug. 5 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Critic Adam Kruk points out in the New Horizons website that “the latest film by one of the most eccentric filmmakers in contemporary cinema… [continues] to reflect on his country’s difficult history.”

The reviewer takes note of “the bizarre musical spectacle’s… fairy-tale atmosphere.”

“Halimaw” is also part of the Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia, from Aug. 2 to 19.

The Melbourne fest website asserts that Diaz’s “melancholy, unconventional musical confronts the violence of the [Philippines’] past—and, through it, the echoes that persist to this day.”

Shireen Seno’s “Nervous Translation” will also be shown at the Melbourne fest.

Lastly, “Halimaw” will be released in French theaters, starting July 25, via distributor ARP Selection.

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