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FILM SCREENINGS

FEATURE FILM

LEONOR WILL
NEVER DIE

Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award: U.S. Documentary

Leonor Reyes was once a major player in the Filipino film industry after creating a string of successful action films, but now her household struggles to pay the bills. When she reads an advertisement looking for screenplays, Leonor begins tinkering with an unfinished script about the quest of young, noble Ronwaldo, forced to avenge his brother’s murder at the hand of thugs. While her imagination provides some escape from reality, she goes all-in after an accident involving a television knocks her out, sends her into a coma, and transports her inside the incomplete movie. Now Leonor can play out her wildest dreams firsthand and discover the perfect ending to her story.

With her feature film debut, writer-director Martika Ramirez Escobar expresses a joyous love for cinema through the film’s irreverent form and the wide-eyed, endearing lead performance from Sheila Francisco. Ramirez Escobar concocts a winning mixture of zany misadventures, awesome period re-creations, and self-reflective storytelling while grounding the story in the genuine emotions of a family suddenly torn apart.

MEET THE DIRECTOR

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Martika Ramirez Escobar

Martika Ramirez Escobar is a filmmaker-cinematographer based in Manila. Most of her works are reflections on her relationship with cinema. After she graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines, her thesis film competed at the 19th Busan International Film Festival. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents Tokyo, Asian Film Academy, and is a recipient of the Purin Pictures Film Fund.

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SCREENING TIME

FRIDAY 26 AUGUST 2022 | 19.00 & 19.30

CREDITS

Cast



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Sheila Francisco
Bong Cabrera
Rocky Salumbides
Anthony Falcon
Martika Ramirez Escobar
Mario Cornejo
Monster Jimenez
Rajiv Idnani
Alyana Cabral
Carlos Mauricio
Lawrence Ang
Eero Yves Francisco    
Philippines
Filipino and English (with English subtitles)
99 minutes

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