Finalist for New Breed Full Length Feature Category
in Cinemalaya 2012 Independent Film Festival and Competition
The film set in a decadent world where even death becomes a provider. In a country where a cadaver may serve as license for holding a sakla operation (illegal gambling) in wakes, people may exploit the dead in order to generate income from the profits of gambling, and possibly pay for its burial. In Oros, a funeral parlor owner sells an unidentified body to Makoy, a kasero in a saklaan, who, along with his reluctant brother, Abet, set the stage for a three-week long fake wake holding the illegal saklaan. The sakla personnel deals with everyone involved, including Linda, an impoverished homeowner, as they agree upon a fictional story which will “legitimize” the wake.
Paul Sta. Ana graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Philosophy. After graduating with a Dean’s Award for the Arts, Paul eventually decided to pursue a career in media. He wrote and produced several videos and television specials which received recognition from the Cultural Center of the Philippines Awards for Alternative Video and Film and the Golden Dove Awards for Television. 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.
Cast: Kristoffer King as Makoy, Kristoffer Martin as Abet, Tanya Gomez as Linda, Kim Komatsu as Daisy, Diva Montelaba as Carmen, Angelita Raymundo as Annabel.
Production: Director-Paul Sta. Ana
Story-Paul Sta. Ana and Obet Villela
Producers-Joey Abacan and Paul Sta. Ana
Co-producers-JD Beales and Josabeth Alonso
Line Producer-Krisma Maclang-Fajardo
Musical Scorer-Gian Gianan
Sound Designer-Wildsound Ami
Asst. Director-Michael Cardoz
Production Managers- Ron Capili and Philip Buena
Production Design-Tonee Acejo.