Looking for something new to watch this coming weekend?
Film buffs from across the country will now be able to catch the latest picks from the QCinema International Film Festival right in the comforts of their homes.
Like most film festivals, the QCinema has gone virtual this year, with the curated theatrical experience now accessible to Pinoys around the country through any internet-connected device. The films will be streamed online through QCinema’s partners UPSTREAM and GMovies.
After a socially-distanced by-invitation only physical screening of opening films Parasite B & W, Identifying Features and Death of Nintendo at an outdoor venue in Quezon City, the main special edition of the QCinema slated from November 27 to December 6, will stream two sets of films online for five days each.
The virtual doors will open with ten award-winning and highly acclaimed films available for rent for only P 150.00 each.
Participating films include QCinema grantees Cleaners by Glenn Barit; Oda sa Wala by Dwein Baltazar; Balangiga Howling Wilderness by Khavn; and Babae at Baril by Rae Red.
Aside from these films, QCinema also hosts the Asian premiere of Genus Pan by Lav Diaz; the Southeast Asian premiere of Song Without a Name by Melina León and Divine Love by Gabriel Mascaro; and the Philippine premiere of Rom by Tran Thanh Huy; Suk Suk by Ray Yeung; and Corpus Christi by Mateusz Pacewicz.
Genus Pan is a look at how much human beings are like animals. According to the QCinema Festival committee, the film is the only Philippine entry at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. The film also garnered the best director award for Lav Diaz in the same festival.
Meanwhile, Song Without a Name is a 2019 Peruvian drama film directed by Melina León, the Peruvian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. This film’s story revolves around a mother who takes her newborn baby to a health clinic, but the baby and clinic both disappear. The film was also screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Rom is the first Vietnamese film to receive the New Current Awards at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. The film is about the residents of an apartment complex that is slated for demolition.
Divine Love is a Brazilian drama screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Divine Love tells the story of a religious woman who uses her position at work to help struggling couples save their marriage. While waiting for some praise, she is confronted with a personal crisis.
Suk Suk is a 2019 award-winning and critically acclaimed Hong Kong drama film about two secretly homosexual married men in their twilight years. This film premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival.
Corpus Christi is about a reformed criminal who is prevented from applying to the seminary after his release. He dresses as a priest and ministers a small town parish. It premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and is the Polish entry in the 92nd Academy Award.
How to get tickets
A limited number of tickets will be released per film and will be made available starting November 24.
QCinema Festival Bundles will also be made available for P 750.00 each. The bundles give viewers access to five films plus some giveaway QCinema-branded items.
To rent a film, simply go to the website upstream.ph to choose a film. Viewers will be guided to GMovies to pay for the ticket. To avail of QCinema bundles, viewers can head to qcinema.ph.