12 Films you shouldn’t miss at the QCinema International Film Festival 2021 –

The QCinema International Film Festival is the world’s largest film festival, with screenings in more than 100 countries around the globe. It’s an opportunity to get introduced into new films that you wouldn’t otherwise have gotten a chance at seeing! The following list of 12 films are just some of what you should see if you want to be part of this prestigious club.

The “qcinema 2021” is a film festival that takes place every year in the Philippines. The films shown at the “qcinema 2021” are often from countries around the world, and they can be seen for free.

12 Films you shouldn’t miss at the QCinema International Film Festival 2021 –


These are the twelve films you shouldn’t miss at the QCinema International Film Festival (Philippines), which runs from November 26th to December 5th, 2021 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, on-site and online (through KTX.PH).

– A Selection of Films –

12-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-QCinema-International-FilmBagane Fiola’s Baboy Halas – Philippines | 2016 – 105 minutes NETPAC Reloaded is a section of NETPAC.

Bagane Fiola’s “Baboy Halas” is about an indigenous family, one of the last woodland peoples of the past, and how they deal with odd changes in their surroundings, such as the oppressive lifestyle and habits of the more friendly plains tribes.

The Urian Awards just included “Baboy Halas” in the Gawad Dekada for sa Mga Natatanging Pelikula.

Dates: KTX.PH will be streaming the film.



1632899465_260_22-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-26th-Busan-InternationalRyûsuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car – Japan | 2021 – 179 minutes Section: Screen International

Adapted from a short tale in “Men Without Women” by Haruki Murakami. A playwright’s wife was a director’s wife, but she died two years ago. The director discovers his chauffeur to be a stoic lady when he is asked to direct a play at a festival in Hiroshima. The two go on a lot of rides together, and as their relationship develops, secrets and confessions are progressively revealed. (Queensland Cinema 2021)

Dates of screening: Sunday, November 28th, 2021 | Atmos 5 | 7:00 pm Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 | 4:00 pm | Cinema 1 Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 | 3:00 pm | Cinema 1



1637960205_424_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-32nd-Singapore-InternationalPhilippines | 2021 – 276 minutes | Historya Ni Ha by Lav Diaz Special Screening Section

About the movie: 1957. On the Mayflower cruise ship, Filipino vaudeville legend Hernando Alamada, a former communist cadre, completes the last part of his playing tour. He is aware that the Philippines is through another difficult transition; Ramon Magsaysay, the country’s much-loved and popular president, has died in a plane accident. He arrives at his impoverished neighborhood, his country’s condition and future weighing heavily on his mind, while also dealing with significant emotional agony. He continues on his aimless trek. He finds himself on the gate of the theater of the absurd, a plunge into burlesque, lunacy, sharp truths, and, finally, an ascension to his own salvation, akin to the Filipino ‘bodabil.’ (Queensland Cinema 2021)

Dates: Saturday, December 4th, 2021 | 1:00 pm | Gateway Cinema 2



1638017851_422_12-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-QCinema-International-FilmSection: New Horizons | Lamb by Valdimar Jóhannsson – Iceland, Sweden, Poland | 2021 – 106 minutes

Mara and Ingvar, a childless couple, find a mystery infant on their Icelandic farm. They are first ecstatic at the thought of having a family, but it eventually destroys them.

At the Cannes Picture Festival in 2021, this film earned the Un Certain Regard Prize for Originality. This is Iceland’s submission for the 94th Academy Awards’ Best International Feature Film (QCinema 2021)

Dates: Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 | 2:00 pm | Gateway Cinema 2 Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 | 2:30 p.m. | Gateway Cinema 2 Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. | Gateway Cinema 2



1633313083_73_20-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-34th-Tokyo-InternationalApichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria – Colombia, Thailand, France, Germany, Mexico, Qatar, the United Kingdom, China, and Switzerland | 2021 – 136 minutes – Screen International

The film, starring Tilda Swinton, is about a lady from Scotland who notices weird noises while traveling in Colombia and starts to wonder about their origins.

At the 74th edition of the Cannes Picture Festival, the film received the Jury Prize. (Queensland Cinema 2021)

Dates: Saturday, November 27th, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. | Gateway Atmos 5 Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 | 4:30 p.m. | Gateway Cinema 2



1637960212_801_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-32nd-Singapore-InternationalArthur Harari’s Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle – France, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Cambodia | 2021 – 165 minutes – Special Screenings section

The story follows a Japanese soldier who has spent 30 years in the Philippine forest, oblivious to the fact that he has been there for much too long and that World War II has ended.

Ms. Angeli Bayani stars in the Southeast Asian premiere of the film. (Queensland Cinema 2021)

Dates and locations of screenings: December 3rd, 2021 | Friday | Gateway Cinema 1 | 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 5th, 2021 | 7:00 pm | Gateway Cinema 2



1638017855_573_12-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-QCinema-International-FilmLaura Wendel’s Playground – Belgium | 2021 – 72 minutes New Horizons section

About the movie: Nora rushes to rescue Abel when she sees him being harassed by other children and informs their father. Abel, on the other hand, pushes her to keep mute. Nora will eventually strive to find her place, split between the worlds of children and adults, as she is caught in a conflict of loyalties.

The film was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (QCinema 2021)

Dates: Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 | 8:00 pm | Gateway Cinema 1 Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 | 5:00 pm | Gateway Cinema 2 Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 | 2:30 pm | Gateway Cinema 2



1638017858_299_12-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-QCinema-International-FilmSheng Qiu’s Suburban Birds – China, Taiwan | 2018 – 118 minutes NETPAC Reloaded

About the movie: A team of engineers, including Hao, has been despatched to examine the source of some ground sinking in a suburban neighborhood. Hao comes into a primary school where he discovers a journal detailing the narrative of a kid and the separation of what seems to be an intimate group after days of traveling about the desolate area seeking for answers while lugging his heavy luggage. Hao realizes that this journal may include predictions about his own life as the research progresses.

At the Faro Island Film Festival 2020, the film received the Golden Carp Film Award – Chinese. (Queensland Cinema 2021)

Dates: KTX.PH will be streaming the film.



1638017860_995_12-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-QCinema-International-FilmRamon Zurcher and Silvan Zurcher’s The Girl and the Spider – Switzerland | 2021 – 99 minutes RainbowQC is a section.

About the movie: Lisa is relocating. Mara is the one who is left behind. As boxes are moved and cabinets are erected, abysses begin to open up, setting in motion an emotional roller coaster. A tragicomic disaster movie. Change and transience are the themes of this lyrical song.

Encounters received Best Director at the Berlinale 2021. (QCinema 2021)

Dates: KTX.PH will be streaming the film.



1633391564_365_20-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-34th-Tokyo-InternationalAll others must pay cash for my vengeance. by Edwin | 2021 – 114 minutes | Singapore, Germany, Indonesia International Screening Section

About the movie: A hibernating “bird” becomes a significant concern in a machismo-dominated culture. Even though the whole world tries valiantly to awaken it, the sleeping bird is a symbol for a quiet and serene existence in a world of harshness.

At the 2021 Locarno International Film Festival, the film was awarded the Golden Leopard. (Queensland Cinema 2021)

Dates of screening: December 1, 2021 | Wednesday | Gateway Cinema 2 | 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 3rd, 2021 | Gateway Cinema 1 | 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 5th, 2021 | 4:30 p.m. | Gateway Cinema 1



1632964417_607_22-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-26th-Busan-InternationalRyûsuke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy – Japan | 2021 – 121 minutes Section: Screen International

The film is narrated in three sections to represent three female characters and track the paths between their decisions and regrets. It is about an unexpected love triangle, a botched seduction trap, and a meeting that arises from a misunderstanding.

At the Berlinale 2021, the film was awarded the Silver Bear (QCinema 2021)

Dates: Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 | 7:00 pm | Gateway Cinema 1 Friday, December 3rd, 2021 | 1:00 pm | Gateway Cinema 1 Sunday, December 5th, 2021 | 1:30 p.m. | Gateway Cinema 1



1632964421_356_22-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-26th-Busan-InternationalSection: Asian Voices Yuni by Kamila Andini – Indonesia, France, Singapore, Australia | 2021 – 95 minutes

About the movie: Despite her community’s expectations, a brilliant Indonesian girl in her last year of secondary school is determined to continue her study and refuse to marry.

At the Toronto International Film Festival 2020, the film was awarded the Platform Prize. It is the Indonesian submission for the 94th Academy Awards’ Best International Feature Film. It’s also the director’s first time back at QCinema since The Seen and Unseen. (Queensland Cinema 2021)

Dates: KTX.PH will be streaming the film.



Please visit https://qcinema.ph for more details.



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