The Cinemalaya Film Festival is in town again, and the buzz generating around is that it could be the best one yet. The Cinemalaya is a festival that funds and screens Philippine independent cinema every year. The venues are the CCP and Greenbelt 3. Here is the complete schedule.
So far, I’ve watched Amok and Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa. Below is my review of the latter film. The review is not well-written, but it will do for now. 🙂
How does one write about a great film? Sometimes it’s easier to write about a bad film, because it’s just so easy to castigate it. But a good film? How does one do that justice? Anyway, I’ll try.
A great film is a movie where a theme is repeated again and again as the story progresses. Here we have a story about how difficult it is to get attached to someone. You pour and pour yourself into one person and to what avail? This is the question proposed by this movie.
Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (The Dance of Two Left Feet) is about dance, is about love, is about poetry, is about music, is about gay love? Is it? If the last part is all you are going to take away from that movie, I’m not so sure if you get it. This movie was beautifully vague yet at the same time quite deliberate. Who loved who? And did they love each other in first place? And what kind of love was it? That is what makes this film delicious because it leaves so much to interpretation without being indecisive.
Plus there’s the poetry. I’ve never heard Philippine poetry read so well. The music was gorgeous. Far Eastern University was gorgeous. I’m glad someone was finally able to exploit the beautiful Art Deco that this university is so famous for.
The acting was also superb. I’m not familiar with these acters, who did a great job, but Jean Garcia was able to nail her part perfectly as the hot teacher.
Gawd, I’m not doing this movie justice. Anyway, this was the best movie I’ve seen made here since Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros and Big Time. I am now inspired to see more Cinemalaya films. I hope they are just as good.