Thursday, January 9, 2014

CinemaWorld in January 2014


CinemaWorld, the first Pan-Asia International movie channel, unlocks a whole new world of entertainment.  The channel that offers Exclusive, Asian Cable Premieres offers its viewers an opportunity to travel around the world – all from the comforts of their own home.  Go from one continent to another in the span of minutes.  From Thrillers, to Dramas, to Comedies, all movies on CinemaWorld are in High-definition and are available 24 hours a day with uninterrupted viewing.

This month, CinemaWorld brings you precious gems from Turkish Cinema.  Find yourself exploring the culture, language and beauty of Turkey with these award-winning Turkish movies on CinemaWorld.

Araf, helmed by critically acclaimed Turkish director, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, is a powerful and uncompromising film which brilliantly blends images, emotions and social issues.

Life is not easy for Zehra (played by Neslihan Atagül, Best Actress, Tokyo International Film Festival 2012), who works double shifts at a roadside cafeteria.  Her love life is close to non-existent, save for a co-worker Olgun (played by Baris Hacihan), who does not make a single move about his attraction.  But at a wedding, Zehra meets mysterious truck driver Mahur (played by Özcan Deniz) and she is instantly hooked.  After their short affair, Mahur disappears, leaving a pregnant Zehra all alone to face her conservative family.  Find out what happens next as Araf shows on CinemaWorld starting January 4.

Majority took home the Best Film, Best Actor (Bartu Kucukcahlayan) and Best Director (Seren Yuce) Awards at the prestigious Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 2010, Turkey’s most important national film festival.  Besides winning awards back home, Majority was also awarded Luigi De Laurentiis Award at the Venice Film Festival, 2010.

Turkish Drama Majority is a different take on the Romeo-and-Juliet story.  Merktan (played by Bartu Kucukcahlayan), a young man from Istanbul, falls for Gul (played by Esme Madra), a Kurdish girl from eastern Turkey.  Being the stern father and bully that he is, Kemal (played by Settar Tanriogen) terrorizes his son because Gul is from the wrong side.  Catch the multiple award-winning movie first on CinemaWorld this January 12, at 9:00 PM.

Find yourself traveling from one country to another with the premiering movies on the channel.

Make your way to the Czech Republic with Honeymoon, a collaboration between Best Director awardee at the 2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Jan Hrebejk, and screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky.  A dream wedding slowly becomes a nightmare when an uninvited guest brings an unusual gift that threatens to reveal secrets long hidden.  As the male stranger dressed in black crashes the celebration, demons from the past begin to surface mere hours after the couple tied the knot.  Now fraught with doubt, Tereza (played by Anna Geislerova, Best Actress awardee) and Radim (played by Stanislav Majer) learns the true meaning of “for better or for worse”.  Only released in August 2013, catch Honeymoon on CinemaWorld starting January 5.

In Norway, amidst snow and ice, a family of German expatriates hopes for a new beginning.  But soon after they arrive, Niels (played by Jurgen Vogel) and Maria (played by Birgit Minichmayr) sense that their new surroundings will not be able to save their withering relationship.  Niels throws himself into his work as an engineer – and into an affair.  Maria does overtime at the hospital, while their son Markus (played by Henry Stange) struggles with puberty and his new classmates.  But then one night a terrible accident occurs that changes everything.  The coldness in their hearts subsides and, miraculously, the tragedy becomes a turning point for all three family members: the secret shared by Maria and Niels forces them to confront their lives – and leads them on the path towards redemption and mercy.  Winner of Best Cinematography at the recent Bavarian Film Awards and Best Screenplay Award at the Hamburg Film Festival, Mercy (Gnade) premieres on CinemaWorld this January 11, at 9:00 PM.

The Hunter takes us to Iran.  Recently released from prison, Ali (played by internationally acclaimed director Rafi Pitts, who also directed the movie) makes the most of his return.  Despite working nights, he tries to spend the most time possible with his wife and young daughter.  Tragedy strikes when Ali finds out that his wife was accidentally killed in a police shoot-out with demonstrators.  After a long and frustrating experience at the police station, Ali’s own search for his missing six-year-old daughter ends in horror and pushes him over the edge.  He then decides to take things into his own hands.  What will Ali do as he seeks justice?  Find out on January 19, at 9:00 PM.

Head back to Europe for Danish movie Truth About Men.  A storywriter for a middle-of-the-road TV program in Denmark, Mads had a dream that he would be a talented screenwriter of the world’s best movies.  Instead, the categorical structure of TV narratives is boring him: a call to adventure under false pretenses, first turning point, high point, second turning point, falling action, and resolution, where the character realizes he has everything he needs from the beginning.  And Mads is sick of this, both in his work and his personal life.  Mads develops cold feet and abandons his girlfriend of ten years to search for the meaning of life.  Along the way, he encounters friendship, frustration and an odd family member or two.  Starring Thure Lindhardt as Mads, The Hollywood Reporter said this about the actor –  Cast is on point, with the talented Lindhardt once again showing that beyond his work as a baddie in blockbusters like Angels & Demons, he can hold a movie on his own….”

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CinemaWorld is available in Metro Manila on Cable Link on channel 301, and on Sky Cable HD on channel 184.  Contact your cable operator for more details.

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