Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe opens in theaters November 11

Writer-director Alvin Yapan's Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe), 2009 Cinemalaya Special Jury Prize awardee, is opening on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place and a few other select theaters, including in Cebu. The opening coincides with its premiere screening at the Cairo Film Festival where it is competing in the International Digital Category.

The film has also been shortlisted for the Chicago Film Festival, Osian's Cinefan (Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema) in New Delhi, and the Bahamas Film Festival where it will compete in December. It stars Irma Adlawan, Nonie Buencamino and TJ Trinidad.

A sampling of the critical raves:

On what turns out to be the most disappointing year of Cinemalaya, when it has again proved its refined taste in movies, Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe becomes too prominent to be ignored. It stands out, and it stands best. -- Richard Bolisay, Lilok Pelikula

If Yapan's visual frankness is admirable, his decision to cast Adlawan, in a role that allows the criminally underused actress to explore the several facets of womanhood (as victim, object of desire, breadwinner, and prize) without compromising the integrity of the character, is simply inspired. -- Oggs Cruz, Lessons From the School of Inattention

There’s pleasure in unexplainable magic in a small town. Grade: A. -- The Bakla Review

A bold attempt at yoking together the fantastic and the real, in the process commenting on domestic violence and globalization. -- Jonathan Chua, The Philippine Star

The well-researched story is rich in cultural authenticity and social relevance. -- Fidel Antonio Medel, Philippine Entertainment Portal

Solidly scripted and directed, Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe is an effective and restrained film that offers a portrait of a woman always looking for a way out. -- Alvin, The Relief Room

Alvin Yapan is a fabulist who knows to tell his story with the right pitch and detachment--to achieve the proper effect and affect and never strain for the sensational, the melodrama of fear and horror. -- The Persistence of Vision

My take: The movie is bold, assured, enigmatic--able to say much with an intriguingly quiet, off-centered style. It's original enough to challenge convention and assumption on point of storytelling and character psychology, but empathetic enough to reel you in and haunt you long after the final blackout. In short--go watch.

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