Focus on Philippines 2009
  • Director: Adolfo Alix, Jr. (Philippines)

    Adolfo Alix, Jr.’s debut film Donsol (2006), was selected to represent the Philippines in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards in 2007. Currently he is one of the most productive directors in Philippines, shooting 3-4 features a year.


  • Director: Raya Martin (Philippines)

    Born in 1984 in Manila, Philippines. Graduated from the University of the Philippines Film Institute in 2005. Worked as writer and researcher in local television, newspaper, radio and online magazines. All of his films starting from the debut short The Visit were screened at numerous film festivals all over the world and won different awards. He is the first Filipino filmmaker to be accepted in the Cinéfondation Résidence of the Cannes Film Festival. A retrospective of his works have been featured in Paris, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Las Palmas de Gran Canarias.

Philippines,  2009,  90 min.
Piolo Pascual, Rosanna Roces, Jay Manalo
Focus on Philippines

William, a drug addict, tries to reconnect his ties with people close to him. Slowly, as night falls, he learns that there is no one left to trust, not even his own self. Philip, who works as a bodyguard for a mayor's son, thinks his boss considers him family. After a shooting incident, he discovers his real worth to his boss. As he struggles to hide, he is slowly being consumed by the claws of darkness lurking the city.