Mondomanila

Khavn

IFFR 2012

  • 75'
  • Philippines
  • 2012
Life in the slums of large Third World cities has been filmed in many different ways, but never before was a musical made about it. Khavn De La Cruz has been involved since 2003 with a unique celebration of the lives of losers in the ghettos of Manila, the Filipino capital. Characters like the teenager Tony D and his depraved friends. There’s Lovely Loanshark, the gambling addict, a slum milker who's always screaming. Sgt. Pepper is a policeman and (to his great dismay) the father of only daughters and a gay son. There’s Steve Banners, the old white pederast, and Ogo X, the misformed rapper. Mondomanila got support from HBF a long time ago and was finally made with mainly private money. The film shows a colourful, occasionally almost glamorous but also violent, rancid and perverse society in the gutter, in flashy, fast-cut scenes, with absurd dialogues and bizarre events. Khavn shakes up film styles to his heart's content: exuberant video clips, grubby film noir, hyper-realistic documentary and even slapstick - linked by an original story and rousing music.

Director
Khavn
Premiere
World première
Countries of production
Philippines, Germany
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
75'
Medium
HDcam
Language
Filipino
Producers
Khavn, Stephan Holl, Antoinette Köster
Production Companies
Kamias Road, Ltd, Rapid Eye Movies HE GmbH
Sales
Rapid Eye Movies HE GmbH
Screenplay
Norman Wilwayco, Khavn de la Cruz
Cinematography
Albert Banzon
Editor
Lawrence S. Ang
Production Design
Dante Perez, Roland Rubenecia
Sound Design
Corinne De San Jose
Music
Malek Lopez, Khavn de la Cruz
Cast
Tim Mabalot, Marife Necesito
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund