Town in a Lake

Jet Leyco

IFFR 2017

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  • 84'
  • Philippines
  • 2016

In a Filipino fishing village, two girls aged 16 are put in a car. One of them is found murdered, the other has disappeared without a trace. While a search for the missing girl goes on, the media has a field day with the friendship between the two girls. The inhabitants continue to be amazed that one of them must have broken the law. They lived peacefully together, didn’t they? After which the only witness has to make a difficult decision.
Town in a Lake criticises corruption and politicians who only think about getting votes, although corruption is a sensitive issue under a president who preaches law and order. The surprising turn the story takes at the end can be explained as a portrayal of magical realism in Filipino culture. But it’s more likely that Leyco enjoys the idea of villagers who cannot bear so much animosity in their idyllic countryside and consequently let their imaginations loose.

Director
Jet Leyco
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Philippines
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
84'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Matantgtubig
Language
Filipino
Producers
Fernando Ortigas, EA Rocha, Vincent Nebrida
Production Company
TBA/Tuko Film Productions
Sales
TBA/Tuko Film Productions
Screenplay
Brian Gonzales
Cinematography
Tristan Salas
Editor
Brian Gonzales
Production Design
Marielle Hizon
Sound Design
Brian Gonzales
Cast
Amante Pulido, Lance Raymundo, Sheilbert Manuel, Dan Jarden De Guzman, Cherrie Malvar, Joel Saracho, Mailes Kanapi