CIRCA - One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema

Release date: September 13, 2019, an official entry to the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019, Sandaan Showcase

One hundred years of memories

Written and Directed by: Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr.


Anita Linda together with Philippine cinema's finest thespians (in alphabetical order): Gina Alajar, Perla Bautista, Rustica Carpio, Ricky Davao, Alessandra de Rossi, Enchong Dee, Laurice Guillen, Jaclyn Jose, Liza Lorena, Elizabeth Oropesa, Alan Paule, Rosanna Roces and with the special participation of the late Eddie Garcia

Also starring: Oliver Aquino, Adrian Pascual, Kim Last, Joel Palencia, Joel Saracho, Divine Tetay and Ge Villarin

Production Companies: Noble Wolf 
                                      ABAJ Film Productions
                                      Swift Distribution

-with the support of the HongKong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), released thru Solar Pictures, Inc.

Genre: Family Drama  

MTRCB Rating: PG (Parental Guidance)

Running Time: 1HR 45MINS (including hardlock of 5-minute shortfilm “Toto, Tawag Ka Ng Ate Mo!”)


Press release

New poster of CIRCA revealed! A fitting tribute to Filipino cinema as it celebrates its centennial this year, CIRCA relives the glory days of cinema through its characters – with the great Anita Linda (who at 94 is the oldest working actor in the industry) headlining the film about Doña Atang, a once celebrated film producer in the early days of cinema who wants to be reconnected with her peers as she celebrates her 100th birthday. Her wish opens up a Pandora’s box as her filmmaker/grandson searches for them - we remember the glorious years of cinema from of its workers- a nostalgia piece filled with memories of what the good old days of Filipino cinema is like. 

Aside from Ms. Linda, CIRCA boasts of a fine ensemble that puts together some of the finest actors of Philippine cinema – Cannes Best Actress winner Jaclyn Jose; multi-awarded actors Laurice Guillen, Elizabeth Oropesa, Gina Alajar, Ricky Davao and one of the best actors of his generation Enchong Dee playing the pivotal role of the grandson. Also in special roles are acting stalwarts Perla Bautista, Rustica Carpio, Liza Lorena, Rosanna Roces, Alessandra de Rossi, Menggie Cobarrubias and Alan Paule with Joel Saracho, Ge Villamil, Tetay Ocampo, Erlinda Villalobos, Rener Concepcion and upcoming actors Oliver Aquino, Kim Last, Adrian Pascual and Joel Palencia.  The late Eddie Garcia is also part of the cast and plays a celebrated actor in the studio era.

CIRCA not only touches on the issues of nostalgia but it also is a drama about a family that wrestles between the past and the future as Doña Atang’s siblings are beset with the conflicts of what to do with their family’s legacy. 

Written and directed by Adolfo Borinaga Alix, Jr., CIRCA opens this September 13-19 in select cinemas nationwide as an official entry in the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino’s Sandaan Showcase.  The film is produced by Noble Wolf ABAJ Film Productions and RSVP with the support from the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and distributed by Solar Pictures. 

Last March, the film won the White Light Post-Production Award in the 17th Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) which allowed the film to do post-production in one of Thailand’s premiere post production facilities – White Light Studio.



Doña Atang, a once celebrated film producer from the earlier years of Filipino cinema, celebrates her one hundredth birthday. For her wish, she wants a reunion with all the actors and staff that she has worked with in the past. She is also looking for an unfinished film from one of her directors. Her grandson, a budding filmmaker, Michael decides to take the task of finding them. As he does, we remember the glorious years of cinema from of its workers-fragments of a colorful past filled 
with faded memories.  Will it remain as part of the past? 



"CIRCA is more than a producer’s biography. It is the alchemy of arts, the bewildering dreams of an old lady whose only true remembrance is about how film captured everything, including the unseen." -Tito Genova Valiente

“It was a different experience working with her because there are lapses but there are times she is so sharp na parang sabi ko, ‘Wow!

“Held at the Cinematheque Center in Manila, the event was part of the commemoration of Sandaan: One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema.” 


“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” ― Federico Fellini

This year is the centennial of Philippine cinema. From the first light coming the projector of the first film about the life of our national hero Dr. Rizal, cinema has evolved into a lot of shapes.

Circa is a film in which I want to confront the demons surrounding the old and the new form of cinema. Of what is pure and classic, of what is new and stylistic. I am interested to know the ghosts of the past and how a simple wish of a dying woman can open up a Pandora’s box full of memories, emotions, pains and unresolved issues about what we love and hate about cinema. The past always remains to be a thing to be looked upon but I think it is important as a filmmaker to be able to understand the currents of what used to be to be able to meet with the waves of the present. The interplay of actors and various characters during the reunion will create a microcosm of what use to matter about the craft of filmmaking. Their voices will speak against the walls of death echoed in the old structure of the mansion which used to be the hub of the old producer’s studio system. Michael represents the new filmmaker. He may look at old films as references for what he wants to do but it is important to live and breathe cinema more than evoke a past.

In the end, Doña Atang maybe cinema personified- her dying wish maybe what films are all about.


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