August came in early and it was speedy and full of work. It was the month when I had to skip some 6pm breaks and forego playing cards on lunchtime to burn what’s left of my brows. But on the better side, it was also the month of revisiting Dreamplay, relishing every bit of the pre-concluding Game of Thrones, and seeing local films that were just. damn. good.
We went to Dreamplay for free.
It was our second time and it was far more worth it because Colign was big enough to try most of the attractions.
What I enjoyed best was the baking session at Chez Gingy. I liked how the dough felt against my palms. It was cold, mushy, small, and a teeny bit sad. We were instructed to shape the dough after Gingy, only to eat it without remorse, a few minutes later.
I would’ve liked to talk more about Game of Thrones but it’s like a brothel you visit in secret—you keep the details to yourself and just wait for friends to confess that they’ve been there too. Only after this common knowledge can you let your comments pour out.
Favorite Characters: Ser Davos Seaworth, Cersei & Jaime Lannister, Tormund Giantsbane, and Margaery Tyrell; The Queen. I know.
Lastly, the highlight of my August was definitely the local films.
I cannot reiterate how glad I am about the leap in quality of Filipino films. Back then, I only get to see the same caliber at the Cinemalaya Film Fest. But now, these films are shown in mainstream cinemas. ❤ Just as the second definition of MMFF says: Maraming Magandang Filipino Films ⭐; people were not just given a fair chance to see them.
1.) Kita Kita (2017) Director: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
The title of the film is an interesting wordplay. Kita Kita translates to “I see you” in Tagalog. But since the setting is in Japan, it can be read in Romaji “ki-ta,” which in Japanese means “found you.” So regardless of reading this in Filipino or Japanese, you get more or less the same definition.
Kita Kita lulls you with soothing visuals and lighthearted quips. Tonyo is fluently funny despite all the wrong words while Lea is understandably guarded. The story banks on the irony of how Lea, after losing her sight, is only able to notice Tonyo who has always been there.
The story might not make you cry but it can leave you empty. I will not be able to look at a can of Sapporo Beer without remembering Tonyo and his waggish features. Please go see this film and please watch after your heart.
Did you ever feel there’s something incomplete because there’s someone missing in your life?
You’re not exactly sad and you might not even know the identity or the purpose of that non-present person. But at the end of the day, when you’re alone with with your thoughts, you just know that there’s a hole that should’ve been filled.
2.) Birdshot (2017) Director: Mikhail Red
Birdshot revolves on the entwining lives of a farmer & his young daughter, with two policemen who were investigating a case of missing people. The plot propels after the farmer’s daughter, Maya, enters a protected reserve and shoots a Philippine Eagle – a law-protected animal. (buti pa yung Philippine eagle)
The film has a lot of raw metaphors. There’s the consistent red shawl of Maya, which may stand for a constant atmosphere of violence; then there’s the creepy stalker who may just be a representation of Maya’s fears, of her reluctance to resort to violence, which is why it slowly goes away as she stands ready to fire her rifle.
But what bird is really shot? Is it simply the eagle or the thought that Maya embodies – the destitute & helpless; the “smaller” Filipino people in the eyes of those in power? The state of being shot does not always mean death but it can also describe situations that pierce us; those that leave a scar.
Years back, I never took interest in the state of the country. I had no vocabulary to describe anything political even if college tried its best to give me eyes that dissect current events in particular and history in general.
Birdshot is the backstory of the underprivileged when they try to fight for their rights.
How often did we not acknowledge what is actually happening because we don’t want to give up on our view of what better change can happen?