Mammoth

While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid’s family struggles to deal with her absence.

From What Is Before

On the eve of Ferdinand Marcos’ proclamation of martial law, a small village is visited by a series of strange, perhaps supernatural occurrences, in the new film from Filipino master auteur Lav Diaz. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]

Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga Engkanto

A Filipino poet is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of the super typhoon. For the past seven years, Benjamin had been living in an old town called Kaluga in Russia. With his grant and residency, he taught and conducted workshops in a university. The poet published two books of sadness and longing in the process. In Russia, Benjamin was able to shoot video collages, fell in love with a Slavic beauty, buried a son, and almost went mad. He came back to bury his dead-father, mother, sister and a lover. He came back to face Mount Mayon, the raging beauty and muse of his youth. He came home to confront the country that he so loved and hated, the Philippines. He came back to die in the land of his birth. He wanders around the obliterated village meeting old friends and lovers.

Heremias (Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess)

Heremias travels from town to town with a group of merchants selling wares from his ox-cart until he decides his life can no longer satisfy him and decides to strike out on his own. Along his travels a typhoon forces him to take shelter on the outskirts of a village whereupon he soon finds himself entangled in the corrupt affairs of the town officials after tragedy befalls him when he takes shelter in an abandoned house. This nine-hour drama is the first part in the story of Heremias.

Norte, The End of History

A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious and strange starts happening to him.