Feature Film | PHL 2010 | 60' | Subtitled English

  • Tuesday, 28. September 2010 20:00 hrs

Filipino cinema is booming. In recent years, the great European festivals have invited films by directors like Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz, Khavn de la Cruz, or Raya Martin on a regular basis. One newcomer is Pepe Diokno, who is just 23 years of age, and whose ENGKWENTRO won acclaim last year in Venice where it picked up two awards. The film tells the story of two brothers in the slums of the city of Davao in the southern region on Philippines. The elder brother, Richard, is the leader of a gang, which is why death squads are after him, whereas his younger brother Raymond wants to become a member of a rival gang – he is told to carry out a murder in order to gain initiation. While that is a classic story, it is told in an unusual fashion: The action in the 60-minute film plays out almost in real-time, in merely a few very long takes. A restless camera races through the narrow, labyrinthine alleys of the slums, very rarely showing bits of the outside world. The audience is pulled straight into the everyday life of the protagonists. A gripping piece of Third World cinema.

Pepe Diokno
Pepe Diokno, Bianca Balbuena, Nicholas Varella, Felix Roco, Jerry Gracio
Emman Pascual, Pepe Diokno
Miko Araneta, Ralph Crisostomo, Orlean Tan
Production Design
Leeroy New
Mark Laccay
Principal Cast
Celso Ad Castillo, Felix Roco, Jim Libiran, Daniel Medrana, Zyrus Desamparado, Eda Nolan, Moises Magisa, Bayang Barrios
Pepe Diokno
Cinemalaya Foundation, Film Development Council of the Phillipines, Shoreline Entertainment

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