Four of the films that the critics and independent film enthusiasts enjoyed watching at the government-run QCinema International Film Festival in 2015 is finally streaming on cinetropa.com, the Filipino movie-streaming site curating only the best Filipino movies for its global audience, starting this on Dec. 9.
The new films making it debut on Cinetropa are “Water Lemon” by Lemuel Lorca; “Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo” by Mihk Vergara; “Gayuma” by Cesar Hernando and “Matangtubig” by Jet Leyco.
For those in the United States who are not familiar with these directors’ works or the type of the movies they make, below is a rundown and even some mood descriptions of each movie.
And yes, they come with English subtitles.
IF YOU LIKE QUIET AND LAID-BACK. “Water Lemon,” co-written with Lilit Reyes, is set in a coastal Quezon town where the mundane lives of a grieving widow, her socially-handicapped son and a helpless grandfather interconnect to create bumps in their flatline lives. Lorca’s previous film, “Mauban,” competed in last year’s Circle Competition at the same festival.
IF YOU LIKE COMEDY AND COLORFUL CHARACTERS. In his debut feature, Mihk Vergara’s “Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo,” is about a young neighbourhood underdog or a “patalo” who assembles an unlikely team of losers to join her in the ultimate street game for kids: patintero which is like American football, except that there’s no tackling, because it’s a touch-and-you’re out game. Vergara has worked as director of the TV series “Rakista,” as well as music videos.
IF YOU LIKE MYSTERY AND AMBIGUITY. Production designer and graphic artist Cesar Hernando also makes his first full-length feature with “Gayuma,” a dark tale of fatal obsession and erotic passion. It centers on a young student artist mesmerized by a beautiful and mysterious figure drawing model in his art school. Not for kids.
IF YOU LIKE ATMOSPHERIC CRIME DRAMAS. Jet Leyco’s “Matangtubig” tells the story of how a violent crime disrupts a quaint rural town in Batangas. A girl’s dead body is discovered and puts the whole town on trial while the former’s companion remains missing. The ensuing media spectacle slowly exposes the town’s secrets. As they celebrate its yearly festival by the lake, an unknowing sleeping evil unravels and haunts the townsfolk.
The movies are priced at $5.99 each while other movies start at $3.99 to $6.99 in the United States and worldwide and P288 in the Philippines.
Unlike illegal streaming sites out there, Cinetropa is backed by independent producers like TBA (Tuko, Buchi Boy and Artikulo Uno) and was especially created to give Filipino films more exposure on a global scale, either for Filipinos or those discovering or exploring Filipino films.