V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Ang Ninanais

V' 13

Ang Ninanais

Refrains Happen Like Revolutions in a Song

John Torres
Philippinen, 2010
118min, OmeU

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Ang Ninanais

John Torres
Philippinen, 2010
, 118min, OmeU

Actors: 
Che Villanueva
Tope Grabato
Ciriaco Gibraltar
Screenplay: 
John Torres
Sound: 
Teresa Barrozo
Camera: 
John Torres
Oscar Nava
Martha Atienza
Sherad Anthony
Editor: 
John Torres
Composer: 
Teresa Barrozo
Decoration: 
Martha Atienza
Shireen Seno

Production: 
Peliculas Los Otros
Format: 
DigiBeta
Color

John Torres is a filmmaker who always films. Just like a poet who always has a notebook and a painter who always has a sketchbook with him, Torres always has a camera with him. He doesn't write scripts, but collects fragments and puts them in a particular order. After his city film TODO TODO TORES, this is a real countryside film. His protagonist, the girl Sarah, moves among the inhabitants of Guimbal on the island of Panay and improvises her scenes. She collects debts and possessions, but also people’s dreams, stories and memories. She moves to the island of Negros in order to meet the man of her dreams and then she takes on various roles. Torres also follows his dreams and collects stories and poetry. The great poets Eric Gamalinda and Joel Toledo are quoted, but also dialogues in the original Hiligaynon language are included untranslated in the film for their sound, as music. An unusual approach. A kind of experimental anthropology in his own country. (Gertjan Zuilhof )

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