ALIPATO: THE VERY BRIEF LIFE OF AN EMBER

In a near-future Manila the pre-adolescent Koska gang run roughshod over the city until their boss is sentenced to 20 years after a big heist gone wrong. Once he’s out, he and his old cronies set out to reclaim their loot from the crooked cops who stole it, while a mysterious killer picks them off, one by one.

As much an act of provocation as a movie, ALIPATO is garish and electric in its imagery and unbound by any real sense of propriety– an unhinged and uninhibited act of pop cinema. Khavn De La Cruz (2015 AAAFF fave RUINED HEART) proves himself a worthy inheritor of the traditions of Ranier Werner Fassbinder (he’s made nearly 50 features since 1994), Kenneth Anger, and John Waters. Not for the faint of heart. – A. Modi

DIRECTOR: Khavn
WRITERS: Khavn, Achinette Villamor
PRODUCERS: Stephan Holl, Khavn, Antoinette Koster, Achinette Villamor
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Albert Banzon
EDITOR: Carlo Francisco Manatad
CAST: Marti San Juan, Dido de la Paz, Rey Cardines, Robin Palmes

LENGTH: 88 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Tagalog
COUNTRY: Philippines | Germany
GENRE: Action | Drama | Mondo

2016 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival Official Selection
2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam Official Selection, A Band Apart
2017 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Official Selection