Fully Booked Film Series

May 23, 2009

May 23, 2009: Manila in the Fangs of Darkness

Filed under: Films Screened — Alexis @ 5:20 am

Manila in the Fangs of Darkness
Directed by Khavn De la Cruz

Movie icon Bembol Roco walks the mean streets of Manila as “Kontra Madiaga,” a character invented by combining the actor’s two most celebrated performances: innocent country bumpkin Julio Madiaga from 1975’s Manila in the Claws of Light and death-squad leader Commander Kontra of 1989’s Fight for Us. Haunted by memories of loss assembled from snippets from these and other Lino Brocka films, Kontra’s soul is long dead from butchering resistance fighters, but the Madiaga part of him continues to search Orpheus-like for the girl for whom he came to the capital. Shot from the hip in a single day and shot through with video-quotes from film history, this is conceptual minimalism povera at its most politically edgy. (Olaf Möller, European Editor, Film Comment (New York), “23 films to look out for this 2009”)

Screening schedule: 8-10pm, May 23, 2009
Duration: 72 minutes (+ post screening discussion)
Location: U-View Cinema, Basement level, Fully Booked Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Language: Tagalog w/ English Subtitles

*director in attendance following screening


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