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“Insiang” and “Portrait” to screen at the Singapore International Film Festival

The newly restored versions of Lino Brocka’s “Insiang” and Lamberto Avellana’s “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” will be screened under the Classics section of the 26th Singapore International Film Festival, running from November 26 to December 6, 2015.

“A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” is showing on December 1 at 7:00pm and “Insiang” on December 2 at 7:00pm, both at the National Museum of Singapore.

Directed by Lamberto Avellana, “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” takes us into the lives of Candida and Paula as they have taken it upon themselves to care for their father Don, a renowned painter. Relying on the financial support from their brother, Manolo, and their sister, Pepang, Candida and Paula, they are steadfast in their ways, refusing to sell and leave their family home amidst the decline of their surroundings. To make ends meet, they rent a room to the modern and westernised Tony Javier. When Paula elopes with Tony, it sets off a series of events, resulting in the emancipation of not just the sisters, but also the rest of the family.

Based on the play by Nick Joaquin, Lamberto Avellana’s absorbing drama is a commentary on the degeneration of the former arts district of Manila, reflecting the struggle between the old Filipino identity and the onslaught of western influence.

“Insiang” directed by Lino Brocka, follows the story of the titular character as she lives in the slums with her mother, Tonya. Since her husband’s departure, Tonya has been taking out the resentment from abandonment on everyone around her. After evicting her ex-husband’s family from their home, Tonya invites the much younger Dado, her new beau, to move in. When Dado rapes Insiang, she finds herself with no support, not even from her mother. Moving out, only to fall into another hopeless situation, Insiang finds herself consumed by the betrayals, deciding that the only way to retaliate will be by vengeance.

Adapted from the teleplay by Mario O’Hara, “Insiang” was the first Filipino film selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Praised for Hilda Koronel’s performance, the film is as harsh a viewing as it is essential for twisting the dynamics of the domestic drama genre.

The Singapore International Film Festival is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. The festival focuses on showcasing international films and providing a global platform for the best of Singapore Cinema. With its focus on groundbreaking Asian cinema, this prestigious event is known for its dynamic programming and commitment to the development of a local film culture.

The 26th SGIFF is screening a total of 146 films, from 51 different countries all over the world, spread across 11 different program sections.



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