By Ibarra C. Mateo
The Ayala Cinemas and the Vista Cinemas on Aug. 15, 2019 heeded the audience’s clamor to extend the run of the two of the most awarded films in the just concluded 2019 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.
“It is with pride that we announce that the screening of this year’s Best Film, John Denver Trending, has been extended in Glorietta, Trinoma, and all Vista Cinemas,” said the Facebook page of John Denver Trending.
Earlier in the day, the Villar-owned Vista Cinemas made a bold move to extend until Aug. 27 the run of Arden Rod Condez’s John Edward Trending and Thop Nazareno’s Edward.
It is not immediately clear whether Thop Nazareno’s Edward will also extend its run in Ayala Cinemas.
Vista Cinemas located in Starmall Edsa-Shaw, Vista Taguig, Starmall San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, Vista General Trias, and Vista Tanza will continue showing the two films.
John Edward Trending received on Aug. 11, 2019 the following awards: Best Film of the 2019 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Best Actor for Jansen Magpusao who made his debut in the film in the lead role, Best Original Music Score (Len Calvo), Best Editing (Benjo Ferrer III), and Best Cinematography (Rommel Sales), and the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema prize, or a total of six awards.
The Cinemalaya jury cited John Denver Trending for “its nearly epic sweep of its masterful use of the resources of cinema to depict a boy’s entrapment and doom.”
The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema commended it for “an unflinching look at mob mentality in the digital age, convincingly taking us through the psychological anguish of a victim of cyber bullying.”
The film was the first directorial project by Condez.
John Denver Trending was also cited by the Cinemalaya jury “for its highly relevant subject matter, its highly convincing characters and effective ensemble acting by a cast of non-professional actors” and “for its coruscating critique of the social media as an engine of lies, hate, and destruction.”
Nazareno’s Edward, meanwhile, received the Special Jury Prize. It also bagged the awards for Best Actress (Ella Cruz) and Best Production Design (Alvin Francisco).