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ASIDE from the much awaited movies under Competition Section in QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema), there’s what you called a Non-competition Section where they showcase the restored films from the past, well-known international films, and groundbreaking documentaries.
The Non-competition Section is divided into five categories: DocQC, Screening International, Digitally Remastered, French Classics, Danish Children Film, and Special Screenings.
But before the event starts, the Palme d’Or awardee Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda takes the spotlight as the opening film in the sixth edition of the QCinema. The closing film will be Nicolas Pesce‘s Piercing, based on a novel by Ryu Murakami which stars Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska.
Documentary films All Grown Up from Wena Sanchez and Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala from Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo will comprise the DocQC section of QCinema on documentaries. The section also provided seed grants of 300,000 pesos to the filmmakers.
The Screen International lineup includes Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, which won the 2018 FIPRESCI Award at Cannes; Agnés Varda and JR’s Faces Places; Gaspar Noé’s Climax, where Noé won the biggest prize at Cannes’ 2018 Directors’ Fortnight, the C.I.C.A.E. Award; Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, where Pawslikowski won 2018 Best Director at Cannes; and Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s Manta Ray, which won the 2018 Best Film at Venice Horizons.
Iconic films of the 70’s and 80’s which have been digitally restored will be shown in the Digitally Remastered section of the festival. Among the highlights are Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, Herbert Ross’ Footloose, and John Badham’s Saturday Night Fever.
QCinema pays tribute to the richness of French cinema by highlighting memorable titles in the French Classics section. Among the films in the section are Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Diabolique, Roger Vadim’s And God Created Woman, and Pierre Rissient’s Five and the Skin.
Five films from China, Austria, France, and Denmark, and Japan will take a spotlight at the Special Screenings section of QCinema. The five films featured are Elephant Lying Still by Hu Bo, Ala Changso by Sonthar Gyal, Tomcat by Klaus Händl, La Priére by Cédric Kahn, and Come On, Irene by Keisuka Yoshida.
The festival has a free screening that will feature children’s films from Denmark. They will include Ask Hasselbach’s Antboy, Renée Simonsen’s Karla’s World, and Esben Toft Jacobsen’s The Great Bear.
QCinema is the official film festival of Quezon City, touted as the “City of the Stars.” It was established in 2013 by the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) helmed by Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.
The film festival starts on October 21 and ends until October 30. You can watch all the movies from the list in Gateway Mall, Robinsons Galleria, SM City North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, Trinoma, and U.P. Town Center. Ticket price is at P 150 per screening.
For more information, visit the QCinema official website.