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Films From Philippines

“A warm homage to cinema itself… Watch it and understand why Filipino cinema is now hot.” - Rotterdam Film Festival ... In the neo-realistic tradition of De Sica's The Bicycle Thief, Adela follows a former radio personality living in the slums of Manila, as she confronts her prevailing ... Read more
To satisfy a public hungry for diversion and longing for new heroes, the government has created a Ministry of Entertainment. Auditions are underway. This sardonic allegory imagines the protagonist's of Lino Brocka's Manila: In theClaws of Neon as participants in a 'Win a Job' gameshow of the future! Read more
Intermarriage in the face of conflicting customs and tribal prejudices is viewed through this unusual story of the Badjao and Moro tribes. The Badjao is a pagan tribe of sea gypsies of the Philippines which seldom goes on land and will soon become extinct. ... Hassan, son of the Badjao chief ... Read more
"Bayan Ko" was a popular protest song of the 1930's used against US domination of the Philippines, but now converted to an anthem of the anti-Marcos movement. Although Brocka's international reputation rests on socially engaged docu-dramas such as lnsiang and Manila: In the Claws of Neon, he is ... Read more
Producer Josabeth Alonso will be attending the festival and will be introducing the first screening of The Bet Collector ... For those without a choice, the name of the game is survival… It's all or nothing. Amelita is known in the slums of Manila as ‘Amy', an uncanny saleswoman with a ... Read more
In this, her first film, noted Philippine actress, Grace Amilbangsa, displays a sensitive approach to a potentially sensational subject and an impressive command of expressive film language. In a seductive atmosphere of claus­trophobic intimacy and slow-burning menace, she unfolds a tale of ... Read more
“Solito's directorial debut as a dramatic filmmaker seems itself like a flower amid the grit of most contemporary cinema.” - Sundance Film Festival ... The purity of first love is pitted against poverty and corruption in Auraeus Solito's unexpectedly moving look at life in the slums of Manila ... Read more
Smart, tense, raw and uncompromising, [Cavite] is everything we crave of a truly independent thriller. In the town of Cavite, in the Philippines, people will do just about anything to survive. Adam, an American citizen visiting his home country for his father's funeral, soon realises this when he ... Read more
Sonny Corpus, 16, orphaned and loose on the streets of Manila, makes a near fatal mistake when he offers to be a lookout for a group of pals planning a home invasion. An elderly woman is killed and a policeman wounded when the thieves botch their getaway. Only Sonny is nabbed and, due to the fact ... Read more
This 1981 Filipino heightsploitation classic is a satire of the James Bond series that - while featuring a hero short in stature - doesn't fail to measure up in the cheesy action department. ... --- ... D Eddie Nicart P Dick Randall, Peter M Caballes S Cora Caballes Dist Umbrella Entertainment TD ... Read more
"Infectiously winning ... honest and open-hearted, the kind [of film] that leaves behind the glow of romance." - Variety ... Once upon a time if a young Filipino man wanted to woo a girl there was only one thing for it: harana. Backed by friends and the town's finest guitarist he would stand ... Read more
'Ianfu', which literally means 'comfort women', is a Japanese euphemism for prosti­tutes servicing military personnel. In this case it refers to Filipinos, who were forcibly con­scripted to service the sexual needs of the Japanese military forces during the wartime occupation of the ... Read more
“Raya Martin's weather-beaten melodrama is one hallucinatory emotional hothouse.” - Time Out New York ... With fake backdrops, overacting, deliberately rough effects and a black and white 1:33 aspect ratio, Independencia harks back to golden era of 1930s cinema to tell an earnest tale about a ... Read more
“Though arthritic and weary, these two gray panthers offer a sharp, unsentimental portrait of cunning and determination.” - Village Voice ... In the permanently flooded district of Malabon in Manilla a grandmother (or lola in Tagalog) grieves for her grandson, murdered by a thief. The thief's ... Read more
By using a series of photographs of urban landscapes of Manila, two animated figures of a desperate mother and young child wander through desolate streets, as she attempts to abandon her child. The film is symbolically framed by the city's decadence, yet gives us hope for the child as it boards a ... Read more
"The most impressive of [Brocka's] films... an unforgettable portrait which invites interpretation as an allegory for the whole of the underdeveloped world." – The Guardian ... Lino Brocka is regarded as the greatest director the Philippines has ever produced, a man whose incisive ... Read more
Corazon de la Cruz is a Filipino nurse. The film's title metaphorically describes her as a 'moth', who is preparing to travel to the alluring 'flame' of the United States. Many of her friends, and her family, share this enthusiasm, while Bonifacio, her boyfriend, plans to join the US Navy. ... The ... Read more
In this intensely personal documentary, film­maker Nick Deocampo traces the tumultuous public history of the Philippines through its dev­astating effect on the private history of his own life and that of his family. Deocampo returns home to begin a search for his alcoholic father, who ... Read more
“A take-no-prisoners verite plunge into a Manila slum.” - Variety ... A fast-paced swoop into the streets of Manila, Slingshot follows the lives of a group of tiradors - or ‘slingshots' - local slang for petty thieves who operate the streets, stealing, fighting and avoiding the police. It's ... Read more
Designed as a mood study, the film is a poetic presentation of Corregldor as a battle monument. utilizing music and sound, without narration. ... First Prize, Manilla Festival; Second Prize, Bilabo Festival. ... Read more
This paint-on-glass animation from the Philippines tells the story of a village destroyed by volcano and the people's struggle to hold on to happiness. With a lush overlay of colour and natural form, and despite the seemingly tragic narrative, this is a joyful use of this painstaking medium. There ... Read more
This controversial film concerns a cry for help from people struggling to maintain their existence by surrendering dignity and imagining hope. Roily, the son of a dying prostitute, earns his living performing in a Toro, a live sex show in the sleazy hovels of Manila. Emotionally ... Read more
A young boy rubs shoulders with a cross-section of urban life in a crowded jeepney: priest, prostitute, pregnant woman, poultry. An unusual, funny film about growing up fast on the road to Manila. ... Read more
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