In the Claws of a Century Wanting
Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang
A city symphony that documents a series of violent juxtapositions in the lives of four individuals living opposite a busy port.
Singapore PremierePhilippines, Germany, Qatar / 2017 / 125MIN / Filipino / PG
The towering presence of Tondo, Manila’s busiest global port, envelopes the lives of four individuals who find themselves sharing the same fate when the housing authority demarcates their residence for development. As a filmic symphony, director Jewel Maranan’s film departs significantly from the form’s predominant use to convey a cohesive modernity – the cacophony of industry permeates into domestic environments, where malfunctioning appliances are still used for its remaining utility.
The social responsibility of documenting the plight of the residents is well balanced with an aesthetical approach which unintrusively informs the progressions and repetitions of its images; while a sensitive approach to field recording harnesses readymade environmental sounds for its absurd quality, lifting the mundane droll of the everyday with a tinge of the imaginary.
Cast & Credits
Jewel Maranan is a filmmaker from the Philippines who focuses on the documentation of situational conflicts within Metro Manila. She founded Cinema is Incomplete – a cinematheque, distribution and production company. Her films include Like the Garlic They Peel (2008) and Tondo, Beloved: To What is a Poor Born (2011).
• In-competition, Busan International Film Festival 2017