Fable of the Fish

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    Fable of the Fish


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    85 min

    • Filipino

    The film begins with the arrival of Miguel and Lina, a childless middle-aged couple, in Manila. Fleeing their impoverished existence in a rural area, they take refuge in a makeshift shaft constructed in a garbage dump. A relative has secured Miguel a job at an ice-processing plant but, unable to deal with the extreme temperatures, he soon falls ill and the pair become scavengers. The saintly and patient Lina carries on, but Miguel is morti­fied by the change in their circumstances. When Lina suddenly (and miraculously) becomes pregnant, Miguel is determined to persevere. But instead of a child, she gives birth to a milkfish. Lina and her off­spring quickly become celebrities, much to Miguel’s humiliation.


    Cherry Pie Picache
    Bembol Roco
    Anita Linda
    Rosanna Roces
    Evelyn Vargas
    Jerry Garcio
    Albert Banzon
    Benjamin Gonzalez Tolentino
    Eigen Ignacio
    Adolfo Borinaga  Alix Jr.

    Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr.


    Traditionally in the Philippines, fantasy films give no room for reality. They are entirely focused on the imaginary aspect. Making a film that combines realism and fantasy was a real challenge.

    Adolfo Alix Jr. was born in 1978 at Makati City, Philippines. He graduated magna cum laude at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) with a degree in Mass Communications. He started as a screenwriter for films and television before starting to direct features in 2006.
    His first film DONSOL (2006) was the Philippines’ official submission to the Best Foreign Language film category of the Academy Awards. Since then, he has become one of the most promising young filmmakers from the Philippines. His subsequent films were screened in various international film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Rotterdam, Locarno, Pusan, Warsaw and Mar del Plata. Alix has been recently listed by The Hollywood Reporter in its “Next Generation Asia 2010”, which features the top 20 young entertainment personalities in the region deemed “the best and the brightest among their peers.”
    His film MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT (2019) was selected at Fantasia IFF.

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