1900 colonial Philippines. During the time of Spanish tyranny and oppression, a woman raised in the enchanted woods by nymphs experiences love for the first time from a man from town. When she is later betrayed and experiences heartbreak, hell hath no fury indeed like a woman scorned as she transforms into the mythical aswang out to avenge her pain and let the man suffer forever.
- Solenn Heussaff
- Benjamin Alves
- Gina Alajar
- Elizabeth Oropesa
- Allan Paule
- Rody Vera
- Maynard Manansala
- Albert Banzon
- Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr.
- REEL SUSPECTS
- THRONE ROOM PRODUCTIONS
The Filipino Aswang legend is spun into a proto-feminist tale of colonial-era rape and revenge in this atmospheric but turgid fantasy.
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.