Neomanila a street Orphan Rite Of Passage Will make Its international Premiere At Rotterdam (2019)
Victims suspects they are all the same says a woman who is part of a police backed death squad in neomanila. while illustrating how an assassin justifies her line of work this statement also applies to director mikhail red representation of the murders sweeping the philippines in the wake of president rodrigo dutertes war on drugs.
Extrajudicial killings known as EJK have spawned a recent batch of movies in the country:adolfo alix Jr. s dark is the night arlyun dela curz bubog neal tans adik roland M. sanchezs ejk. But instead of a victim facing down the barrel of a gun neomanila POV is that of the gunslingers themselves. Tracking the relationship between a hitwoman and her teenage protege the 26 year old red third feature is a slick poised noir infused thriller that goes well beyond the gritty realism and loud melodrama so common in socially conscious filipino cinema.
Boasting soap opera veteran eula valdezs against type turn as a deadly assassin and a nuanced performance by tim catillo the young star of khavns 2010 social satire mondomanila as her apprentice neomanila made its domestic bow in october at the Qcinema movie festival where it won a best cinematography prize as well as an audience award. with reds pedigree on the prize at tokyo before becoming the phillippines entry for the best foreign language oscar neomanila also looks bound for berths beyond its home base starting with screenings in rotterdam next week.
Just like rekorder about a cameraman who accidentally movie a deadly heist and birdshot in which a young girls life spins out of control when she inadvertently kills an endangered eagle neomanila is also about an individual involuntary initiation into a harsh social order. In this case the central figure is toto catillo a street kid strugling to bail his older hoodlum brother out of jail. The starkes are raised when he learns that local gangs have taken out a contract on both him and his sibling.