Philippines 2016 85 min original version with English subtitles German premiere
by Derick Cabrido
Script: Denise O’Hara, Joseph Israel Laban, DoP: Mycko David, Cesca Lee, Editor: Cyril Bautista, Production: Purple Pig Inc, Waning Crescent Arts Inc., One Big Fight Productions, Producers: Tere S.R. Villonco, Nicole Runi, Sara Santiago, Joseph Israel Laban, Cast: Bernardo Bernardo, Kristoffer King, Jess Mendoza, Chrome Prince Cosio, Arnold Reyes
PURGATORYO tells the story of Ilyong, a recently-dead man killed by the police, after he was caught stealing. This is the beginning of his story – his death. He is brought into a sleazy funeral home, run by Violet, a greedy homosexual who has learned to survive by renting out the dead bodies in his funeral home to Simon. Along for the ride is Jojo, a police officer who is under the payroll of Simon and who supplies the dead bodies for Violet to take care of and make money from. Violet has two workers, On-on and Dyograd, who clean the cadavers and prepare them for the wake. On-on, for all his good looks, no longer feels alive except when he is gambling. Dyograd, on the other hand, only feels alive when he is having sex. Shortly after the arrival of Ilyong, misfortune and mayhem ensue.
Roderick “Derick” Cabrido is an award-winning Filipino documentary producer and film maker. He was born and raised in Tondo, Manila – one of the most densely populated areas of land in the world and one of the poorest and most underdeveloped communities in the Philippines. PURGATORYO is his thiord feature, follwoing CHIDLREN’S SHOW (2014) and TUOS (2016).