Notes from Unknown Maladies

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    Notes from Unknown Maladies

    Directed by

    Philippines

    2017

    62 min

    • Tagalog

    Drama

    A minimalist observational portrait of 94-year-old Concepcion presents the life of a person suffering with mental illness for fifty years. After a nervous breakdown, the filmmaker’s grandmother decided to isolate from the rest of the world and deal with the disease itself. In her solitude she is haunted with random memories, hallucinations, and gradually begins to face loss of memory and intellect. A black-and-white film steeped in a melancholic mood sensitively captures the themes of old age, disease and human loneliness. The slow pace and limited dialogue helps the viewer to transcend the world of a suffering single woman in a discreet and highly suggestive manner.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Concepcion Dela Cruz
    Cinematography
    Liryc Dela Cruz
    Editing
    Mickel Mendoza
    Liryc Dela Cruz
    Production
    NEW TUPI CINEMA

    Press

    A quiet, attentive study of his grandmother [...] a kind-eyed, if unflinching, film.

    Matt Turner, Kinoscope

    Liryc Dela Cruz

    Liryc Dela Cruz

    Philippines

    Liryc Dela Cruz was born in South Cotabato in Mindanao, Philippines. He’s one of the collaborators of the Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz and associated with the slow cinema movement. Liryc has directed several short films, including TUNDONG (2009), PHILIPPINE PRESS (2010) and SKYPE (2012). THE EBB OF FORGETTING (2015) was selected as part of the Leopards of Tomorrow section of the 68th Festival del film Locarno. His latest film is NOTES FROM UNKNOWN MALADIES (2018).

    Selected Filmography