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Philippines, 2011, 100 Minute Running Time
Topics: Asian, Drama, Performance, Seniors
Program: World Cinema
Language: Fillipino English Sub-Titles

Awards: Busan 11 (New Current Award); Cinemalaya:Best Supporting Actor (Arthr Acuna), Best Supporting Actres

The once illustrious Lopez-Aranda family has faded and the decaying mansion is the only remaining emblem of their past glory. Gaspar–a distinguished ex congressman–and his sister Celia–once the darling of Philippines Opera–lacked the shrewdness to maintain their elegant status. Having lost her money and her share in the house, Celia stays as Gaspar’s caregiver, giving singing lessons and taking in boarders to stretch the budget. To break the solitude she sings arias to her music-loving brother. When Gaspar slips into a coma, his daughter Raquel comes home from the USA determined to sell the house in order to salvage her own finances while other relatives push for their share. In this impressive, deeply lyrical first feature, which won the New Currents award at the Busan International Film Festival, Arcenas depicts the decline of an aristocratic family with flair, humor and reminiscences of the Golden Age of Philippines Opera.

DIRECTOR: Loy Arcenas
Producer: Daniel Arcenas, Philippe Chambon
Editor: Danny Añonuevo
Screenwriter: Rody Vera
Cinematographer: Lee Meily, Jay Abello
Music: Jerrold Tarog
Principal Cast: Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Arthur Acuna, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Jhaz Deocareza, Raquel Villavicencio
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Handurawan Films

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