• Ishmael Bernal – Relasyon (1982)

    Ishmael Bernal1981-1990DramaPhilippines
    Relasyon (1982)
    Relasyon (1982)

    In a time when the concept of divorce does not exist, much less imagined possible, we find Marilou (Vilma Santos), a planetarium guide who decides to pursue an affair with Emil (Christopher De Leon), a college teacher separated from his wife. They seem perfect for each other and soon decide to move in together.

    Their once happy affair turns sour as Marilou slowly discovers the real Emil – a chauvinistic, domineering, and emotionally abusive man who dictates everything to her: from how she should act and manage her life to the most inconsequential details of running their house. They soon find themselves in an on-again, off-again relationship, with Marilou going as far as laying a let’s-meet-only-three-times-a- week rule to protect herself.Read More »

  • Lino Brocka – Macho Dancer (1988)

    Lino Brocka1981-1990CrimeDramaPhilippinesQueer Cinema(s)
    Macho Dancer (1988)
    Macho Dancer (1988)

    Macho Dancer is a 1988 Philippine film, directed Lino Brocka, which explores the harsh realities of a young, poor, rural gay man, who after being dumped by his American boyfriend, is forced to make a living for himself in Manila’s seamy red-light district. Based on a true story, the film frank depiction of homosexuality, prostitution, drag queens and crooked cops, porno movie-making and sexual slavery, and drugs and violence caused the Filipino government censors to order extensive edits of the film, forcing an uncensored edition to be smuggled out of the Philippines and shown to a limited number of international film festivals. This print is now part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York [Images in the Dark: An Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film and Video. 1994. Raymond Murray]Read More »

  • Lino Brocka – Bona (1980)

    Lino Brocka1971-1980DramaPhilippines
    Bona (1980)
    Bona (1980)

    Bona, released in 1980, is perhaps his best–regarded work. The title character is a young, starstruck schoolgirl (played by Nora Aunor) who falls in love with an ageing actor (Phillip Salvador) and becomes his servant. She waits on him loyally in his decrepit shack, receiving nothing for her labors but the privilege of being his slave. When the actor decides he has had enough of her and attempts to toss her aside, Bona retaliates in a wholly unexpected, utterly justified fit of violent rage. As with many of his other independently made films, Bona reveals Brocka’s uncanny ability to join the personal and the political, to locate the overarching social statement in an intimate, deeply individualized gesture. Read More »

  • Marilou Diaz-Abaya – Ikaw ang pag-ibig (2011)

    2011-2020DramaMarilou Diaz-AbayaPhilippines

    Vangie Cruz (Ina Feleo) is a rebellious woman whose family life and career as a video editor are disrupted when her only brother, a newly ordained priest, Fr. Johnny (Marvin Agustin), is diagnosed of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. As a sibling, Vangie is called upon to be a donor for Fr. Johnny’s bone marrow transplant. At first, Vangie is very reluctant. She has a clinical phobia for medical procedures, the reasons for which are rooted in an attempted, but botched, abortion which she suffered through many years earlier and has since been troubled about. Her life is saved by Dr. Joey Lucas (Jomari Yllana) with whom she has a love child, and whom she eventually marries. Vangie’s dysfunctional family gravitates around Fr. Johnny, and in their struggle to cope with his illness, find themselves drawn to Ina, begging for her intercession. Their prayers are answered, not so much by way of a miraculous cure for Fr. Johnny, but by the grace of conversion, of love, of forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope.Read More »

  • Marilou Diaz-Abaya – Karnal AKA Of the Flesh (1983)

    1981-1990DramaMarilou Diaz-AbayaPhilippines

    A groom (Philip Salvador) takes his city bride (Cecille Castillo) to his hometown to settle in his father’s house. Struck by her uncanny resemblance to his dead wife, the patriarch (Vic Silayan) is driven to lust after his daughter-in-law. When things come to a head, a violent family quarrel ensues and leads to tragedy. A middle-aged spinster (Charito Solis) recounts the tale to reveal her identity and trace the downfall of the landowning clan trapped in the past.Read More »

  • Kidlat Tahimik – Ang Lakaran ni Kabunyan AKA Kabunyan’s Journey to Liwanag (2020)

    2011-2020DocumentaryKidlat TahimikPhilippines

    Upon his departure from his home in Baguio, the road trip of the director’s youngest son, Kabunyan, begins. He stops at certain places along the way, engaging in conversation with various companions – often artists – in between drives.Read More »

  • Jet Leyco – For My Alien Friend (2019)

    2011-2020DocumentaryJet LeycoPhilippines

    Stories of Filipino men and women, and other living things passing through similar objects, familiar spaces, non-linear time and dreams alike–all connected from the lens and experience of a stranger, an Alien whose language is disconnected and demands an interaction from the viewer to reconnect these stories to find their own meaning.Read More »

  • Isabel Sandoval – Aparisyon AKA Apparition (2012)

    2011-2020DramaIsabel SandovalPhilippines

    Filipino director Vincent Sandoval follows his transgender drama Senorita with a story about nuns living in a remote convent during the Marcos yearsRead More »

  • Lino Brocka – Kontrobersyal (1981)

    1981-1990DramaLino BrockaPhilippines

    KONTROBERSYAL is one of the classic masterpieces of acclaimed stage and film director, Lino Brocka, in the historical period of the 80’s. A story set in the glitter and glamour of showbiz world. Behind the bright lights, fabulous costumes and larger-than-life sets, real lives are broken and shattered for the hunger for fame and the thirst for money. Karina Daluz (played by Gina Alajar) was blinded by the ill promise of success offered by her producer Mers Madsen (played by Charo Santos). Her walk toward the path to stardom entailed her sanity and corrupted her soul. Her innocence was replaced by wickedness and her once good-natured self, has become the demon that she feared. No love that is forever, no hope to discover for all the people living in KONTROBERSYAL.Read More »

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