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08 August 2014

Cinemalaya 2014: "K'na, the Dreamweaver" (Film Review)

“K’na, The Dreamwaever” runs like a fairy tale. And perhaps it should be analyzed as a fairy tale following a set of aesthetics unique only to folk stories and fairy tales. The slow pace and the folk tale-like dialogues also give the film an interesting demeanor. The film will fail if judged under classical form of narrative although at some point, “K’na” does follow a traditional story development. The still shots are the only things that break this narrative. Director Ida Anita Q. de Mundo gave the topography almost equal attention as the characters. Lake Sebu is beautifully photographed and the vivid colors of the attire and garments of the T’bolis looked so prominent. 

Color Theory best explains this film. As the film shifts into a different color shade, this shift signals a change in the emotions of the characters. The colors are part of the story narrative so merely paying attention to the dialogues and actions will be insufficient. On the other hand, “K’na” still has its shortcomings but I guess some viewers are simply enthralled by the beauty of the T’boli culture. (RATING: 3/5)

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