STAFF PICK: MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT
First show: August 10
“Devastating … stunning, grainy black-and-white shots of Manila, striking a beautiful balance between on-the-ground verisimilitude and fable-like eeriness” –Time Out
Lino Brocka broke through to international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, the second film in the director’s turn to more serious-minded filmmaking after building a career on mainstream films he described as “soaps.” A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend, who was lured there with the promise of work and hasn’t been heard from since. In the meantime, he takes a low-wage job at a construction site and witnesses life on the streets, where death strikes without warning, corruption and exploitation are commonplace, and protests hint at escalating civil unrest. Mixing visceral, documentary-like realism with the narrative focus of Hollywood noir and melodrama, Manila in the Claws of Light is a howl of anguish from one of the most celebrated figures in Philippine cinema.
Directed by Lino Brocka. Writers: Edgardo ReyesClodualdo Del Mundo Jr. Starring: Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr. Country of origin: The Philippines. Language: in Filipino, Tagalog, and English with English subtitles. 1975. DCP. 125 minutes.
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