Kamera obskura

  • 76'
  • Philippines
  • 2012
The film opens with three real-life Filipino film archivists, who call a press conference to announce that an old film has been discovered in a warehouse. Only the credits and the finale are missing, which makes the discovery extra mysterious. With its stylisation in the vein of German expressionism and Russian formalism, the black-and-white feature film is dated from the late 1920s, although no comparable films were made in the Philippines in this era.
For Raymond Red this project was an ambitious exercise both on a stylistic and conceptual level. The main character steps out of his cell as if it were Plato’s Cave, and the rest of the script is also heavy on metaphors about power and corruption. The background is full of references to local and colonial history.
The choice of electronic music instead of a more traditional piano partition, is the most deliberate anachronism in the film.

Director
Raymond Red
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Philippines
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
76'
Medium
DCP
Language
Tagalog
Producer
Raymond Red
Production Company
PelikulaRed
Sales
PelikulaRed
Screenplay
Raymond Red, Crispin Medina
Cinematography
Raymond Red
Editor
Raymond Red, Pablo Biglang-Awa
Production Design
Daniel Red, Cesar Hernando
Sound Design
Diwa de Leon
Music
Diwa de Leon
Cast
Crispin Medina, Joel Torre
Website
http://raymondred.com