A split day/night story, played by the same lead actor and set along the streets of Manila. In the first half, a young man grapples with drug addiction and his mother’s disappointment. In the latter section, a bodyguard who kills someone while protecting his boss is abandoned to fend for himself.
An inventive and unusual independent film, Manila (co-directed by Adolf Alix and Raya Martin) is a fiercely inventive diptych shot in 16mm black and white. A fine introduction to the fertile (but too often ignored) world of contemporary Filipino cinema.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Walter Salles, 2004, Argentina
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States