11/24/2018 19:30 – Caligari FilmBühne

Philippines 2017 127 min original version with German and English subtitles
European premiere

by Erik Matti

Script: Erik Matti, Anton C. Santamaria, DoP: Neil Bion, Editor: Jay Halili, Production: Reality Entertainment, Producer: Erik Matti, Veronique del Rosario-Corpus, Cast: Anne Curtis, Brandon Vera, Nonie Buencamino

When a police team goes in a labyrinthine Manila slum, the primary objective for a rookie female officer and a few others shifts from apprehending a top-level dealer to simply getting out alive. Using this streamlined premise as the basis for a searing take on President Duterte’s merciless war on drugs, Erik Matti delivers one of the most blistering action pictures since MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015).

BUYBUST is a superbly executed action film about drug squad members fighting for their lives in a maze-like Manila slum that resembles nothing less than hell on earth. Erik Matti delivers an explosive exercise in kinetic cinema. Bullets, knives, fists, and anything else that can be used as a weapon start flying from the first moment into action. BUYBUST will become a must-see item for genre fans.

Since two decades, Erik Matti has proven to be the powerhouse of Philippine cinema. He got into directing in 1999 and earned the reputation of offering the industry fresh concepts and daring ideas that works not just in domestic markets but also have a universal appeal. Gems like PROSTI (2002) and GAGAMBOY (2004) showed his talent for genre filmmaking early on. Since then he is a constant frontier crosser between arthouse and mainstream. In recent years he achieved an outstanding status by being able to connect with foreign producers opening distribution channels mostly unavailable to other Filipino directors. His international breakthrough came with the gloomy noir thriller ON THE JOB (2013). BUY BUST (2018) shows the exceptional maverick on par with an action grandmaster like Johnnie To.

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