Leonor Will Never Die
Martika Ramirez ESCOBAR Philippines 99 mins NC16 (Some Sexual Scenes and Violence) Singapore Premiere
A retired screenwriter becomes the heroine of her own unfinished script as reality and fiction collide in this genre-bending Filipino melodrama.
Former famed screenwriter Leonor leads a sorry retirement stuck with insufferable son Rudie and seeking solace in the ghost of her favourite son Ronwaldo. But all is not lost. When hit by a television set, Leonor enters the world of her unfinished script. She ecstatically lives the action drama she knows too well, its story a comedic catharsis of her repressed emotions. But as the movie speeds into the uncharted terrains of the script, Leonor must write the ending—by being the heroine it needs.
A homage to 1980s Filipino B-action flicks, this witty meta-pastiche weaves together the realities of the country’s politics into a heartfelt family story made anew by director Escobar’s knack for the offbeat.
Martika Ramirez ESCOBAR
Martika Ramirez ESCOBAR is a Filipino cinematographer, writer and director. She draws on life experiences and her relationship with cinema to make films that blend social realism with the poetic and the surreal. Her directorial feature debut, Leonor Will Never Die premiered at Sundance where it won the Special Jury Award for Innovative Spirit.