Boxes of Paradox: 5 Short Films by Richard Soriano Legaspi

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Boxes of Paradox: 5 Short Films by Richard Soriano Legaspi

Award-winning filmmaker Richard Soriano Legaspi will present his five short films in “Boxes of Paradox” at the Freedom Bar in Anonas, Quezon City on February 4, Monday, 7 p.m. onwards.

Legaspi, also a Palanca awardee and a 2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival finalist for “Primera Bella,” will showcase “Ambulancia” (Ambulance), “Pagtakas sa Kawalan” (Escape to Nothingness), “Kinulayang Kiti” (Hand-Painted Feathers), “Manenaya” (Waiting), and “Pamatid-Gutom” (Hunger Pangs) as part of Ninja Productions’ Movie Night Mondays.

Starring Alan Paule and Nor Domingo, “Ambulancia” (2007) is a painful twist on an ambulance driver’s belief that a dying patient can be saved by running over stray animals on the streets.

“Pagtakas sa Kawalan” (2008) is a subtle interplay of images, symbols and other visual elements amid the backdrop of a poem about living and waiting and the search for different personae.

“Kinulayang Kiti” (2009) is a moving tale of surviving the harsh realities of urban life as it shows the struggle of a young boy whose father was murdered in a labor rally. His last resort is to believe in a superstition that by placing live chicks on his father’s casket, their pecks will serve as stabs to the killer’s conscience. The film, produced from a National Commission for Culture and the Arts grant, stars Katherine Luna, Alan Paule, Bembol Roco, and Owen Banaag.

“Manenaya” (2011) is a story of a determined woman and her journey through life under the backdrop of the various landscapes of Pampanga. She brings with her a wooden casket for her husband, a victim of political killings. The film is a journey in search for truth and personal triumph through the challenges of life. It is co-produced by The Film Academy of Pampanga.

Starring Mercedes Cabral, “Pamatid-Gutom” (2012) is a stark rendition of electoral politics in post-EDSA Philippines. A mother, desperate to feed her child, takes part in the feeding program of the mayor of a city. Upon seeing the favorable response of the wife of the mayor to her child, she undertakes a disturbing gamble. It is co-produced by Focus on the Global South–Philippines.

These short films have been screened and have competed in different film festivals in Austria, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, North Korea, Poland, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States from 2007 to 2012.

Legaspi is a graduate of Fine Arts, major in advertising at the University of the East Caloocan, where he currently teaches. He is a fellow of the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, where he studied filmmaking under renowned directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.  He also attended Ricky Lee’s Scriptwriting Workshop for Film and Television in 2002.

Legaspi’s first full-length film “Paano Ko Sasabihin?” starring Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award and Best in Editing at the 2009 Cinema One Originals and was a finalist at the Babel Film Festival in Italy.

Entrance fee is pegged at 150 pesos with free beer.

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