In Manila, Piolo Pascual portrays two characters in a split day/night story that exposes the seedy underbelly of the city as he grapples with the darkness around him. –Visit Films
Adolfo Alix, Jr. was born in 1978 in Makati City, Philippines. He graduated magna cum laude at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) with a degree in Mass Communications. He started as a screenwriter for film and television before starting to direct features in 2006. His first film, DONSOL (2006), was the Philippines’ official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards. Since then, he has become one of the most promising young filmmakers from the Philippines. His subsequent films were screened and acclaimed in various international film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Rotterdam, Locarno, Moscow, Pusan, Warsaw, and Mar del Plata. Alix has recently been listed in The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Next Generation Asia 2010,” which features the top 20 young entertainment personalities in the region deemed “the best and the brightest among their peers.” —Visit Films
Raya Martin was born in 1984 in Manila, Philippines. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Film Institute in 2005 and worked as writer and researcher in local television, newspaper, radio and online magazines. His short film “The Visit” won the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema in Cinemanila International Film Festival, 2004, and his documentary, “The Island at the End of the World”, won best documentary at the .mov International Digital Film Festival 2005. His first feature film, A Short Film about the Indio Nacional (Or The Prolonged Sorrow of the Filipinos) won the Lino Micciche Award at Pesaro Film Festival, Italy in 2006. He is the first Filipino filmmaker to be accepted in the prestigious Cannes Festival Cinefondation Residence in Paris, France. —Independencia Films
Gorgeous picture broken into two seperate stories with similar casts. First section is just brilliant story of a young drug addict just about to be totally ostrasized from family and associates. Second section concerns a young bodyguard is his eventual fall from grace. Both are vivid and engaging. Broken by a long credit sequence midpicture that hurts the final intent.
A wonderful homage to Lino Brocka's Jaguar and Ishmael Bernal's Manila By Night. Piolo Pascual's performance as William the drug addict in the day segment of this film is good but he truly shines in the night segment as Philip the loyal and hapless bodyguard to the son of a mayor. The gorgeous Alessandra de Rossi also does well here as the girlfriend of the mayor's son. Philippine cinema at its best, more please...
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"Although it occasionally gets carried away by its own reflexive spirit, Independencia is far more than the cute formal exercise its premise