Philippines & USA / 2012 / 81mins / directed by Paul Sta Ana/ In Tagalog with English Subtitles
Set in a decadent world in the city's slums, death becomes a provider people run sakla operations (illegal gambling) during wakes for the dead, exploiting the dead in order to generate income and pay for burials. A funeral parlor owner sells an unidentified body to Makoy, who, along with his reluctant brother, Abet, to hold a three-week long fake wake holding the illegal saklaan. An intriguing tale with a final "twist of the knife."
Cast: Kristoffer King, Kristoffer Martin, Tanya Gomez, Kim Komatsu, Diva Montelaba and Angelita Raymundo Produced by JD Beales and Josabeth Alonso.
Director Paul Sta. Ana graduated with a degree in Philosophy but decided to pursue a career in media. He won the Best Screenplay award for the film, Mayohan (Maytime) in the 2010 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and garnered a nomination for Best Screenplay from the Young Critics Circle and the Gawad Urian for the film Bisperas (Trespassers) in 2012.
Screens With LIFELESS#BeingKindaDeadSortaSucks, USA/2012/28:46/directed by VP Boyle
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