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Cinema ’76 reopens new branch in Tomas Morato with QCinema International Film Festival

By Kara Santos Published Nov 18, 2022 2:05 pm

Cinema ’76 Film Society is reopening their new branch in Tomas Morato with a lineup of movies from the 10th QCinema International Film Festival.

The micro-cinema will have its soft launch opening from November 23-25, screening some titles under the Asian Next Wave Competition, QC Shorts, Asian Shorts, and Rainbow Section. 

Among the Asian Next Wave films to be screened in Cinema ’76 include Autobiography by first-time Indonesian director Makbul Mubarak. The film uses a fictitious election campaign as the backdrop for his moody thriller with metaphorical context.

From its Locarno world premiere, short filmmaker, Sorayos Prapapan, makes his feature debut with Arnold is a Model Student, which dwells on its titular math student character amidst the background of student protests and authoritarianism in Thai schools.

The Cannes award-winning film Plan 75 by Chie Hayakawa is also screening ahead of its Philippine theatrical release this coming December. The Japanese dystopian drama focuses on how the government lures the elderly to sign up for a mysterious life-and-death scheme. One of the lead cast members, Filipina actress Stefanie Arianne, will be at the screening for a Q&A with the audience. 

Other films in the micro-cinema's lineup are the French LGBT drama Stranger By The Lake and the QCinema 2018 film Billie and Emma.

Tickets for the QCinema films are priced at P240 at Cinema '76. This is a special discounted price for the QCinema International Film Festival movies that would be screened between November 23-25 only. Cinema ‘76 will resume their regular operations on November 30.  

TBA Studios opened the first Cinema '76 in San Juan back in 2016 to make local and international independent and classic films accessible to more Filipinos. However, the original branch shut down operations during the pandemic. They later welcomed back cinephiles at their Anonas branch and opened an al fresco movie-themed café in 2021.

For a complete list of films and screening schedule, follow Cinema ’76 Film Society on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.