2015, The Philippines, 97’, Color, Filipino
Director: Brillante Ma. Mendoza
Cast: Nora Aunor, Julio Diaz, Aaron Rivera, Rome Mallari, Shine Santos, Lou Veloso, Ruby Ruiz
2015 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Nominee
2015 Cannes Film Festival Prize of the Ecumenical Jury-Special Mention
Mendoza creates an unbelievable atmosphere by mixing fiction with reality. You will feel the coldness of a disaster down to your bones.
After the Supertyphoon Haiyan, which changed the city of Tacloban in the Philippines into its horrendous state, the lives of Bebeth, Larry and Erwin intertwine. Bebeth searches for the remains of three of her children with the hope of nding a match among the DNA records of those buried at the mass grave. Larry, who lost his wife, consoles himself by joining a group of devout Catholics carrying a life size cross around the city. Erwin and his elder brother try to hide the truth about their parents’ death from their little sister. As if grieving from the loss of their loved ones was not enough, a series of events continue to test their endurance along with the rest of the people, waiting for a time to wipe those slow repugnant tears.