Neomanila

  • 101'
  • Philippines
  • 2017

Duterte's war on drugs has turned Manila into a hunting ground where extrajudicial executions take place daily. Shady criminals do the dirty work for the cops and leave the victims in the road with the accusations written on cardboard.

With great realism and viewed through the eyes of those immediately involved, this dark, sobering thriller reveals how fear and violence determine the complex relationships in this urban labyrinth. Toto, a homeless teen, gets caught between a rock and a hard place when the police arrest his older brother. To get him out, he has to betray a drug dealer thereby risking revenge from a street gang. Contract killer Irma takes him under her wing, but also tries to make Toto, who has never killed anyone, her understudy. With loyalties tested and unexpected acts of violence burning the bridges behind him, the end result becomes less predictable.

Director
Mikhail Red
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Philippines
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
101'
Medium
DCP
Language
Tagalog
Producers
Sara Santiago, Nicole Runi
Production Company
Waning Crescent Arts
Sales
Waning Crescent Arts
Screenplay
Mikhail Red, Rae Red, Zig Dulay
Cinematography
Mycko David
Editor
Jeffrey Loreno, Mikhail Red
Production Design
Daniel Red
Sound Design
JR Doroteo, Ditoy Aguila
Music
Paul Sigua, Myka Magsaysay
Cast
Eula Valdes, Tim Castillo, Rocky Salumbides, Jess Mendoza, Angeli Bayani, Angeline Andoy, Ross Pesigan