Tag Archives: Shang Cineplex

Contemporary film on infidelity

by Nickie Wang

Giovanni and Lucia live in Rome and work in the world of creativity, he as a struggling actor, and she as a film editor. But the married couple breaks up while a documentary is being made about them. Giovanni walks out on Lucia and their baby right before the cameras.

Documentarian Eros and buddy Giorgio relentlessly continue filming the couple (a la Pinoy Big Brother assault) despite the unexpected real life domestic crisis. Continue reading

IN FOCUS: Limbunan,Vox Populi, and Si Techie, si Teknoboy at si Juana B

By Gutierrez Mangansakan II
The New Breed Category: Finalist, Full Length Feature


Limbunan glimpses into the life of a bride-to-be as she is kept from public view prior to the wedding in her private quarters – limbunan.

The film captures the ritual motions of the women in a family preparing for the wedding of seventeen-year-old Ayesah who is betrothed to a man she barely knows. As preparations for her union is underway, Ayesah is reunited with her childhood tutor Maguid who returns to the village as a militiaman after five years, reawakening Ayesah’s past memory of childhood infatuation. Throughout Ayesah’s confinement her precocious and rebellious eight-year-old sister Saripa becomes her eyes to the world beyond her room. Her mother Amina keeps her composure despite the fact her husband sleeps with his second wife half of the time, finding solace in the belief that it is both her religious and familial duty to be an obedient wife. Ayesah’s aunt Farida is tasked to ensure that she is prepared for the wedding. However, Farida’s dark past challenges Ayesah’s resolve finding herself choosing between love and loyalty to tradition and family. Continue reading

Italian films at Shang cineplex

By Nickie Wang

Stefano Accorsi and  Valentina Cervi in Provincia Meccanica

Stefano Accorsi and Valentina Cervi in Provincia Meccanica

Comparing the plots and the sensibilities of the characters, Italian films are almost similar to Filipino made movies. That’s why there are times that viewers no longer need the subtitles to understand the developments in the story. Continue reading