Cinema One Originals 2008 - Imburnal

Thursday, November 20, 2008

When the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival kicks off this November, one of the seen finalists will make the hardest hit and deepest dent in local moviedom, Imburnal!

Written and directed by Sherad Anthony Sanchez along with ensemble filmmakers namely John Baredo, Bagane Fiola, Joel Geolamen, Mark Limbaga and Jelieta Ruca, this drama takes us to the sun-drenched town of Matina Aplaya in Davao City where provincial life is given a worldly twist.

After making his mark in the digital film Huling Balyan ng Buhi, his first successful movie, first entry in the first Cinema One Originals in 2006, writer and director Sanchez further rises to prominence with Imburnal. That’s because aside from being one of the strongest contenders for the 2008 Cinema One Originals Awards this November, it has also won the Lino Brocka Grand Prize Award at the 10th CineManila International Film Festival just this October. Adding to its recognition is its controversial ‘X-rating’ it initially received from the MTRCB. At those points any movie-ficionado can only think what the movie has to offer! However its crescendoing hoopla, it’s the movie’s raw but realistic take on changing young life that should not be missed.

This is a tale of manhood about to erode two pubescents. While always hanging out in the crevasses of Punta Dumalog to escape the rigors and rushes of impoverished life, Rabat and Allen also find solitary, dent their friendship and shape their orientations in life, talking about what they witness and encounter daily in their neighborhood. There’s the lonely Gigi who foster-parent them. These are characters whose lives are eroding their different desires to quench their thirst for ‘manhood’.

Imburnal will awaken our senses in the 4rth Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival via its Campus Tour from November 19 to 27, culminating to its awards nights on November 28 at the Dolphy Theater of the ABS-CBN. The Theatrical Screening will be from December 3 to 10 at the IndieSine of the Robinsons Galleria. This digital movie is owned and produced by Cinema One and Creative Programs, Inc. (CPI) thru its Cinema One Originals annual movie project.

Brian Monterola - Rabat
Jelieta Mariveles-Ruca - Gigi
Allen Lumanog - Allen
Lawrence Garrido - Lawrence
Elvis Zerna - Elvis
Dianne Zipagan - Diane
Maricel Rosello - Maricel
Carmela de Guzman - Ilang

Sherad Anthony Sanchez - Director
Executive Producer - Ronald Arguelles
Sherad Anthony Sanchez - Screenplay
John Barredo - Sound & Technical Supervisor
Jose Bagqane Fiola &
John Torres - Directors of Photography
Joel Geolamen - Director of Photography & Art Director
Mark Limbaga - Director of Photography & Assistant Editor
Jelieta Mariveles-Ruca - Production Manager
Remlanie Ruca - Community Relations

Matina Aplaya, Davao City

Awards & Recognitions
Lino Brocka Grand Prize, Best Digital Film – 10th Annual CineManila International Film Festival, October 2008

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