Ex Press

Jet Leyco

Made on a modest budget, but with an immodest cinematographic eye. Fiction and fact are mixed as in a dream. A dream about trains and the sinister affairs that surround them. The young filmmaker only needed one take for each scene. A sharp eye. A steady hand.

Ever since the first use of the film camera by the French Lumière Brothers, the train has been a favourite subject - as a metaphor for progress, but also as a depiction of standing still, as at the beginning of Jet Leyco’s Ex Press. The young Filipino director started filming without a screenplay and juxtaposed documentary footage of the train as it travels in fits and starts through the jungle with fragments of thoughts and dreams.
Because the passing trains are regularly pelted with rubbish and stones by inhabitants of the shanties along the railway line, the railway company started up its own police force. One of the officers, the violent ‘Colonel’ Paliparan, abruptly resigned several years ago for mysterious reasons. His two sons try to find out why.
With a mixture of traditional and guerilla filmmaking, Leyco manages to create an idiosyncratic, sometimes even musical, atmosphere from the details and rhythms of apparently everyday scenes around the Filipino train as it thunders on.

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Jet Leyco
Production country & year
Philippines - 2011
90 min
International premiere
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Screen play
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Dan Jarden De Guzman, Herald Gregory Chavez, Don Fulgado, Nestor Depositar
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Production design
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Sound design
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