There were a lot of interesting movies in the QCinema International Film Festival, just like last year, but I didn’t have the time to go this time round. Quezon City is not easy for me to get to after work hours and the schedules of the films I wanted to see fell on dates where I had other work to finish.
The only film I got to see was Dog Days by Timmy Harn and it was a mind-fuck. I hated the film when I got out of the cinema, thinking that its stunning opening scene and ending scene was not enough to absolve the messy, chaotic middle part that I saw.
But the next day, after I woke up, I had a totally different view about it. I actually saw a lot of good in the film and realized some stuff about myself as a film viewer.
Read my full review here: The Drug-Fueled Mythical World of ‘Dog Days’ of the QCinema Circle Competition (ClickTheCity).
Art, including films, don’t always have to be pleasant and enjoyable. Art can also disrupt and disturb in its efforts to remind us what it means to be human. It can draw from the mystical and the absurd in order to glean truth out of human experiences.
And I’ve been a staunch advocate of that. And I forget it sometimes coming into films, always expecting a good time.
I still believe that the film is about twenty minutes too long — some scenes could have afforded generous cuts and shortened to retain maximum impact. Some narrative elements were unnecessarily drawn out but there is a lot of good work in Timmy Harn’s second feature-film.
This is not palatable for everyone but it is definitely a strong piece of work.