Triptych films, which are films meant to be projected on three screens, are a rarity anywhere around the world. But the Philippines has produced a number of them. This collection, as assembled by curator Teddy Co, compiles decades of work from artists and filmmakers such as Manny Montelibano, Jaime Pacena, Lyle Sacris, Peque Gallaga, Martha Atienza, and more. These films are varied in form: some are installation works of moving image, meant for display at a gallery. Some take on the burden of narrative, using the extra frames to interrogate the stories held within. Some works play out as a conversation between screens. These works will be projected on three perpendicular walls of the cinema space, each screen given its own sound source.
In expanding the scope of cinema beyond its traditional singular frame, these triptych films are an exploration of the boundaries of the art form. As part of The Unconfined Cinema for Art Fair Philippines, this unprecedented collection of films highlights a hidden, uncoordinated movement within the art and filmmaking spheres that interrogates the limits of a means of display.