March 2 ------ Filipino films “Kaputol,” “Kalel, 15,” and “Jesusa” are among the 13 entries in the Asian Competition category of the 12th Bengaluru International Film Festival in India. “Kaputol” is a movie within a movie starring Cherie Gil and Alfred Vargas, who play two different roles. Cherie is Kiki and Rina, while Alfred is Robert and Caloy. Its premise revolves around social relevance, tackling issues like repression and Desaparecidos, among others.
Aside from the 12th Bengaluru International Film Festival, “Kaputol” is slated to have a European premiere by March. “Kalel, 15” revolves around the life of a Catholic boy. Except for his mother and sister, no one else knows that his father is a priest. Kalel is recklessly searching for love and recognition from strangers he meets online and one day he is diagnosed with HIV. When his mother runs off with her secret lover, he is left alone with his sister and her junky boyfriend. When they are evicted from their home, Kalel has no other place to go then to see his father, who gives him money for the rent. But Kalel, being 15, is going to spend the money on other things.
The movie stars Elijah Canlas, Jaclyn Jose, and the late Eddie Garcia. “Jesusa” starring Sylvia Sanchez is about a barren woman comes to her wit’s end when her philandering husband moves in with his latest mistress. Left only with her stepdaughters, she succumbs to the sordid ways of the neighborhood drug addicts. The Bengaluru International Film Festival 2020 runs run until March 4.