11/22/2018 17:30 – Caligari FilmBühne
11/28/2018 20:15 – Orfeos Erben

Philippines 2018 99 min original version with German and English subtitles

by Alberto “Treb” Monteras II

Script: Njel de Mesa, Alberto Monteras II, DoP: Ike Avellana, Editor: Lawrence S. Ang, Production: Arkeofilms, Producer: Monster Jimenez, Cast: Abra, Dido de la Paz, Loonie, Chai Fonacier, Sylvester, Nor Domingo, Kate Alejandrino, Brian Arda, Thea Ystaroza

​Hendrix dreams of hip-hop greatness, but he’s spiraling down a rabbit-hole of crime and poverty until he meets Doc, an old poet still haunted by his martial law past. Can they turn each other’s lives around before they’re swallowed by their circumstance? The film celebrates the power of verses. This movie is charged with music, rap and poetry expressing the era of violence in the Philippines today.

“RESPETO tried to balance between a musical and historical drama, but the naivety of the first disrupted the brilliance of the latter. The parallel between hip-hop and radical poetry is interesting and most accurate, but the storyline was too focused on the mediocre main character and his attempts to get famous. Nevertheless, Respeto is a great starting point for Alberto Monteras II and the second feature is well worth anticipating.” (, Maja Korbecka)

Since 2004, Alberto „Treb“ Monteras II has been directing top-rating TV shows, commercials, live concerts and over 300 music videos to his name. He has done album cover shoots for some of the country’s best artists as well. In 2011, he won in “Nokia Europe’s N8 Producers International Film Competition”. He was already doing animation at the tender age of six, using coins and his father’s video camera. During his childhood, he attended summer courses on painting at the Metropolitan Museum.He is a BFA Advertising Arts Graduate from the UST College of Fine Arts and Design and also a recipient of the Quezon Leadership Award. He continued to hone his skills at the Mowelfund Film Institute and the International Institute for Film and the Arts. Recently, he attended the American Cinematographers’ Masterclass in Los Angeles, California. RESPETO is his first feature film.

Awards (selection): Audience Award for Best Film, Balanghai Trophy for Best Editing, for Best Cinematography and for Best Supporting Actor (Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, Manila/Philippines 2017), Audience Award in the section “Glocal Images” to Alberto „Treb“ Monteras II (Cyprus Film Days, Limassol/Nikosia 2018)

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