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Lunes ng Hapis
Nick Olanka, UPFI
Theme: War and peace
Virgie and Ismael are lovers in the midst of a military offensive in Sta, Filomena; Virgia is a teacher of a local elementary school and Ismael is a captain of the troop assigned to infiltrate the rebels. Every monday, they meet and make love passionately and violently. One day, Virgie’s student Tikoy asks her to help find his missing father, Mang Lino, a rumoured rebel symphatizer. Events unfold and point to Ismael as being responsible for Mang Lino’s disappearance, because of this Virgie is overwhelmed by guilt. The next monday, as they make love, Virgie chooses between her love for Ismael and her love for her community.
The full-length film for the night would be Nick’s 2006 Cinemalaya film, Ang Huling Araw ng Linggo (Cast: Johnny Delgado, Jennifer Sevilla, Boots Anson-Roa, Arnold Reyes, Angeli Bayani, Baron Geisler, Monica Llamas and the U.P. Repertory Company and friends)
Ang Huling Araw ng Linggo spans a week in a life of seven individuals with interconnected narratives. Domeng is involved in networking or multi-level marketing business and plans to encourage his estranged daughter Luna to join in this unscrupulous business. Luna is abandoned by her husband and son so she asks help from her mother Aling Tess. Aling Tess is a land lady who lives alone and fancies a young male boarder named Kulas. Kulas is a grocery store employee who aspires to become a store manager to impress Julie. Julie is a laundry shop attendant who is obsessed with a male costumer named Brian. Brian is a nurse in a local hospital who wants to work abroad so he persuades his girlfriend Sally to provide for his â€œfixerâ€ fees. An accounting graduate who failed to pass the board exam for two consecutive years, Sally enters Domengâ€™s networking business in the hopes of proving her worth. When she found out that networking is a scam Sally plans to take revenge on Domeng. The film illustrates the interconnectedness of our lives, a cycle of random events in which the decisions we make are as important as the choices we didnâ€™t take.
About the Director
Nick Joseph Olanka graduated from the U.P. Film Institute last April 2006. Active in the theater arts through the group The UP Repertory Company, he took cinematography classes in Mowelfund Film Institute under Ms. Lee Meily.â€Monday of Sorrow,â€ (Lunes ng Hapis) his graduation film, won several international and local awards. It won 2005 Kodak Filmschool Competiton Philippines and was the Philippine entry for 2005 Kodak Filmschool Competition Asia-Pacific. It also received top prizes in the 18th CCP Independent Film and Video Competition, was shown in Slingshort Film Festival in Jakarta and is currently competing in CON-CAN Movie Festival, an online film festival based in Japan.
Writer/Director: Nick Joseph Olanka
Assistant Director: Emman Pascual
Production Manager: Gavin Herrera
Director of Photography: Pao Pangan
Editor: Amrei Dizon
Musical Score: Nani Naguit
Production Design: Roma Regala and Armi Cacanindin
Sound Design: Raffy Magsaysay
Post House: VitalStrats Creative Solutions