Leonor Will Never Die
Director: Martika Ramirez Escobar Run Time: 99 min. Release Year: 2022 Language: Tagalog
Starring: Anthony Falcon, Bong Cabrera, Rea Molina, Rocky Salumbides, Sheila Francisco
Leonor Reyes was once a groundbreaking figure in the Filipino film industry during its ragtag action cinema glory days, but now she struggles with old age, mounting bills, and the untimely death of her son. While revisiting an unfinished script about a fearless protagonist trying to avenge his brother’s murder, Leonor is struck on the head by a falling television set and knocked into a coma. As she lays unconscious in the hospital, fantasy and reality begin to blur when Leonor finds herself awake inside her script, becoming the hero of her own story. An innovative blend of pulpy action homages, playful comedy, and touching family drama, Leonor Will Never Die is a wonderfully imaginative tribute to the art of filmmaking.
Martika Ramirez Escobar is a filmmaker-cinematographer based in Manila. Her thesis film from the University of the Philippines competed at the 19th Busan International Film Festival. Her latest work, Quadrilaterals, premiered at the 9th DMZ Docs. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talents Tokyo, Asian Film Academy, Southeast Asian Film Lab, Luang Prabang Talent Lab, Fantastic Film School, Mowelfund Film Institute, and is a recipient of the Purin Film Fund. Leonor Will Never Die is her first feature.
Drama, World Cinema