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26th Singapore International Film Festival

A Portrait of The Artist As Filipino

Opening Date
01 Dec 2015
Rating
To Be Advised
Runtime
- mins
Language
Tagalog - subtitles to be advised
Genre
To Be Advised
Director
Lamberto Avellana
Cast
N/A
Synopsis
Candida and Paula have taken it upon themselves to care for their father Don, a renowned painter. Relying on the financial support from their brother, Manolo, and their sister, Pepang, Candida and Paula, they are steadfast in their ways, refusing to sell and leave their family home amidst the decline of their surroundings. To make ends meet, they rent a room to the modern and westernised Tony Javier. When Paula elopes with Tony, it sets off a series of events, resulting in the emancipation of not just the sisters, but also the rest of the family.

Based on the play by Nick Joaquin, Lamberto Avellana’s absorbing drama is a commentary on the degeneration of the former arts district of Manila, reflecting the struggle between the old Filipino identity and the onslaught of western influence.

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