For its second and final section in its festival program, this year’s QCinema International Film Festival presents a fresh line-up of noteworthy films.
This includes the world premiere of Midnight in a Perfect World by Filipino writer and director Dodo Dayao. The movie is about four friends trying to survive the mysterious blackouts that happen in random parts of the city after midnight. These will be streamed from December 2 to 6.
The rest of the program includes the Asian premiere of Marygoround by Daria Woszek and End of the Century by Lucio Castro, the Southeast Asian premiere of True Mothers by Naomi Kawase, and the Philippine premiere of Roh by Emir Ezwan and Mulholland Drive by David Lynch.
Marygoround is a black comedy drama about a lonely, small-town grocery store worker and an agnostic collector of virgin Mary statues who lives an uneventful life. Struggling with menopause, she consults her doctor, who prescribes her a course of hormone replacement therapy.
End of the Century, meanwhile, tells the story of two men who meet in Barcelona. After spending a day together, they realize they have already met 20 years ago.
True Mothers is Japan’s entry at the 93rd Academy Awards and is a 2020 Cannes Film Festival selection. True Mothers is about the adoptive parents of a five-year-old who are confronted with the possibility that the troubled birth mother wants her baby back.
Roh by Emir Ezwan is a 2019 Malaysian Malay-language indie arthouse horror film. It is Malaysia’s entry to the 93rd Academy Awards. The period film is about a family of forest dwellers who gets an unwelcome visit from a strange little girl with a frightening prediction.
Finally, the remastered version of David Lynch’s 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Drive follows a woman who develops amnesia following an accident in LA’s Mulholland Drive. Together with an aspiring actress, she embarks on a search for clues throughout the city where dreams and reality intertwine.
These films are for streaming over at upstream.ph.
Aside from these, QCinema highlights include Cleaners by Glenn Barit; Oda sa Wala by Dwein Baltazar; Balangiga: Howling Wilderness by Khavn; and Babae at Baril by Rae Red, which started streaming November 27. Festival details are available at QCinema.ph.