Free movie weekend: Two Lino Brocka movies tomorrow at the UPFI Videotheque; re-screening of ‘Sayaw’ on Sunday.

From the looks of it, the DVDs of the films we are screening tomorrow are working good, although the audio of Tubog sa Ginto is in rather bad condition. I really hope we won’t encounter the same embarassing technical problem we has last Saturday.

I already wrote three long paragraphs about last Saturday’s DVD failure and how it could have been prevented if I found time to test the disc first, but all that seemed like needless recounting of events I’d rather not remember and seems to be pointless now.

Here are the important things.

Sine Bahaghari will again screen Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa this Sunday at 5pm at Chef’s Bistro in Tomas Morato.

And prior to that are two Lino Brocka movies which we’ll screen tomorrow at the UP FIlm Institute Videotheque: Tubog sa Ginto at 2pm, Ang Nanay Kong Tatay at 5pm.

Lino Brocka is probably the greatest filmmaker this country has produced. And yet, how many of us has seen a Lino Brocka movies? (Sadly, I will raise my hand to that one.) It’s rather tough to drum up people’s interests to the Brocka screenings because these are old films.

But people should try to make some effort to see movies like these precisely because they are old films. Movies encapsulate many of the existing cultural norms from their time. All the more so in these two movies because these were from a director who was keen to present and comment on societal values. Filipinos have a notoriously short collective memory; we could do well learning more about our past and its lessons.

Tubog sa Ginto was said to be one of Eddie Garcia’s favorite films. When I was previewing the DVD, I can’t help but fall a little in love with the almost fragile beauty of the young Jay Ilagan.

Ang Nanay Kong Tatay is considered to have some of the finest acting from Dolphy. A lot of us vaguely remember seeing this film in cable reruns. It’s time we see the movie again in full.

Just like before, these screenings are free admission and are open to everyone. Just show some love to Chef’s Bistro for offering to host the re-screening even before we asked them about it. People like them are hard to come by.

Sine Bahaghari opening features two internationally-acclaimed Filipino LGBT films.

Internationally-acclaimed films from two celebrated Filipino directors open Sine Bahaghari, a festival of Filipino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) themed films. Screening are Raya Martin’s “Next Attraction” and Alvin Yapan’s “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”.

The second part of Raya Martin’s intended Box Office Trilogy, “Next Attraction” follows a film crew shooting a short film which stars Coco Martin, Paolo Rivero and Jaclyn Jose. In the short film, Martin runs away from his mother and meets Rivero who gives him his first sexual encounter. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Cinemanila International Film Festival.

Alvin Yapan’s “Sayaw” is the story of a well-to-do student who enrolls in dance class to get the attention of his college professor, who sidelines as a dance instructor. He is secretly tutored by the instructor’s apprentice, who is also his classmate in the professor’s class. The film stars Paulo Avelino, Rocco Nacino and Jean Garcia as the dance instructor. The film won Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Original Music at the 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival and the Bronze Prize at the Bogota International Film Festival.

Sine Bahaghari opens on February 11, 2012 at Chef’s Bistro, Tomas Morato, Quezon City. It is included in the National Commission for Culture & the Arts’ (NCCA) Philippine Arts Festival this February 2012.

For more inquiries, please contact PJ Salendra at (0918) 942-8513 or email prsalenda@gmail.com. You could also visit the Sine Bahaghari website at http://sinebahaghari.pelikula.info.