11/23/2018 22:00 – Murnau-Filmtheater

Philippines/United States/France 2018 111 min Tagalog original version with German and English subtitles
European premiere

by Adolfo Boringa Alix, Jr.

Script: Adolfo Boringa Alix, Jr., DoP: Albert Banzon, Editor: Adolfo Boringa Alix, Jr., Production: Swift Prods., A Deus Lux Mea Films, Producers: Didier Costet, Jun Sevilla, Cast: Gina Alajar, Phillip Salvador, Bembol Roco, Felix Roco

Amid radios blasting the Manila police chief’s edict of a blacklist of user-pushers circulating, and his abominable claim that he “won’t wait” till citizens have committed a crime to kill them, a pusher’s client-friends warn her that she’s on the list, because now that she wants out, the mob wants to stop her. However, what concerns her more is the disappearance of her womanizing pothead son.

The casualties of being guilty before proven innocent come across loud and clear in this film, a condemnation of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. The film gains credibility as it demonstrates how drugs permeate ordinary lives in the Philippines, hence cannot be eradicated by some quick fix. The story draws out an intricate web of crime that holds the society in a tight grip.

Adolfo Boringa Alix, Jr. was born 1978 in Makati City/Philippines. He graduated at the University of the City of Manila with a degree in Mass Communications. He started as a scriptwriter for films and television. His first film, DONSOL (2006) was a finalist in the 2006 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and was the Philippines’ official submission to the Academy Awards: “Best Foreign Language Film” category. Alix has become one of the promising and prolific Filipino fllmmakers with his films screened at various international A-film festivals including Cannes. In 2010, Alix has been listed by “The Hollywood Reporter” in its „Next Generation Asia“, which features the top-20 young entertainment personalities in the region deemed „the best and the brightest among their peers“. Alix also directed various TV programs.

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