Set against the backdrop of the Philippines Government's crackdown on illegal drugs, a SWAT-led police force launches an operation to arrest Abel, one of the biggest drug lords in Manila. Police Officer Espino and Elijah, a small-time pusher turned informant, provide the intelligence for the operation, which quickly escalates into a violent and heavily-armed confrontation in the slums between the SWAT and Abel's gang. Before the investigators arrive at the crime scene, Espino and Elijah walk off with Abel's backpack full of money and methamphetamine. This gesture of survival for one and corruption for the other will soon set off a dangerous series of events, both of them risking their reputations, families and lives in the process.
- Special Jury Prize - San Sebastián IFF
- Allen Dizon
- Elijah Filamor
- Baron Geisler
- Troy Espiritu
- Joshua A. Reyles
- Diego Marx Dobles
- Diwa de Leon
- MEMENTO FILMS INTERNATIONAL
- CENTER STAGE PRODUCTIONS
Troy Espiritu’s script is taut and to the point, and gives the impression of being grounded in hard research.
There's a bone-weary resignation to its worldview that underlines its simple moral point all the more effectively.
Born in the Philippines in 1960, Brillante Mendoza is one of the leading authors in new Filipino cinema. After completing his studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and beginning his career in the field of advertising, he made his debut in cinema, inaugurating an extremely prolific filmography and soon becoming a leading protagonist of international film festivals. His debut film THE MASSEUR (2005) won the video competition prize at the Festival of Locarno. His next film SUMMER HEAT (2006) was screened in the Extra section of the Rome Film Festival, and MANORO (2006) won the CinemAvvenire award at the Torino Film Festival. In 2007 he was in Cannes for the screening of FOSTER CHILD in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section, in 2008 for SERVICE and in 2009 with THE EXECUTION OF P, for which he won the award for Best Director. The Berlin Film Festival welcomed him in 2007 for SLINGSHOT, presented in the Forum section, and in 2012 for CAPTIVE. In 2015 he screened at Cannes IFF again with his film TAKLUB and again in 2016 with MA' ROSA, where it was nominated for the Palme d'Or.