I missed Geo’s presentation on The Resistance of Philippine Cinema when he swung through town last month (I didn’t know one had to RSVP!), but here, I guess, is the next best thing: a free screening each of Auraeus Solito’s The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros), from 2006, Ishmael Bernal’s Himala (Miracle) from 1982, and Raymond Red’s Sakay (1993). Not sure if you have to contact the Kalayaan School for Equity folks and RSVP, but it only seats 45 people, so be there early, and bring a sweater because it’s Daly City in the summer! Details here, or click the picture above.
Auraeus Solito’s Tuli is a disappointment coming after the heels of his brilliant debut Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros. But it’s a very good sophomore slump nonetheless: a town circumciser (played by Bembol Roco, who I haven’t seen on the big screen in ages), his daughter, and her best friend, and the relationship between the three. (The copy I saw at the SF Film Fest, probably not really meant to be projected on a huge screen, was in not-so-great DV.) The screenplay is a little schematic in the way it sets up indigenous traditions versus Catholic practices (and the enforcement of morality wielded by the latter) — quite in contrast to the slowly-unfolding, delicious ambiguities of Solito’s first film.