Philippines, 90mins, dir. Pepe Diokno
A beautifully lensed, languorous study of grief and familial bonding, taking as its inspiration the very human struggle to keep memories of loved ones alive.
Grieving 15-year-old Andy is forced to live with his estranged grandfather in the picturesque mountains in the north of the Philippines. Andy becomes withdrawn and isolated there and nobody can get through to him, until one day, his grandfather has an idea. He shows Andy photographs of his parents hiking up a beautiful mountain, and insists on taking him there. Tensions rise on their overnight hike, but through the journey, they start to come to terms with their grief.
In 2009, Pepe’s debut film Clash (Engkwentro) premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut Film, as well as the Orizzonti Prize for new trends in cinema. In 2010, Pepe received an Ani ng Dangal Award from Malacanang, a list of the world’s 100 “most exceptional emerging filmmakers.
This screening includes food and drink.