Raya Martin at IFFR
A Short Film about the Indio Nacional
Black & white as it was once intended to be. Young talented Filipino director tells a story in an inevitable way about the bloody emergence of his country, in three beautiful personal stories. A monument for the indio, the ordinary man from the time when ordinary men had no right to speak out.
Idiosyncratic and rather uneasy film by a great talent. A film like a dream. A work of art that is occasionally difficult to get hold of, with a tangible heart.
A video wants to be a film, as the world’s second biggest oil spill just happened in the heart of the filmmaker.
Long Live Philippine Cinema!
Yes, a cinema to be proud of, yet the cheer is full of irony. The history of Filipino film isn’t treated with so much respect.
Rambling from the Sea
Filmmaker moved to the Philippine island of Guimaras for a major oil disaster. He found a major storyteller. Without teeth and without stopping.
It's not certain whether a film is really being shot, but you can see behind the scenes the way young Filipino film makers work. And also why they are so widely discussed. Because of their zest for work. And yes, also because of those other zests. See also Now Showing.
You are 24. You make a film lasting more than five hours. In this film you mess with old videotapes and use two actresses for one girl. And then they still want to screen your film at Cannes in the Quinzaine. Does that make you special or not? Certainly as special as this special film about a special girl. See also Next Attraction.
Clever and ingenious film that imitates the style of early Filipino cinema: shot in the studio with painted sets as background, in black-and-white and beautifully melodramatic. Ideally suited to tell the story of the American occupation of the Philippines in the early twentieth century.
Boxing in the Philippine Islands
Actually a type of shadowboxing. The film looks old, but the maker shot it using a simple pinhole camera. Screened before Buenas noches, España.
Buenas noches, España
A road movie, but certainly not an ordinary one. A boy and a girl travel through Spain, but they also seem to travel through a lost world. An experimental world in which black-and-white can occasionally assume bright colours. A world with scraping sound, that is nevertheless romantic. A journey through cinematic art.
How to Disappear Completely
Martin, the major talent of Filipino cinema, this time takes a different turn. His palate remains colourful, but alongside experimental and horror influences, there’s now also room for a realistic story... starting with a girl in a village on an island who wants to disappear.