Leonor Will Never Die
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Leonor Reyes was once a major player in the Filipino film industry after creating a string of successful action films, but now her household struggles to pay the bills. When she reads an advertisement looking for screenplays, Leonor begins tinkering with an unfinished script about the quest of young, noble Ronwaldo, forced to avenge his brother’s murder at the hand of thugs. While her imagination provides some escape from reality, she goes all-in after an accident involving a television knocks her out, sends her into a coma, and transports her inside the incomplete movie. Now Leonor can play out her wildest dreams firsthand and discover the perfect ending to her story.

Though Leonor Will Never Die is Escobar’s directorial debut film, Escobar has been around in the industry for quite some time. She graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines and her thesis film Stone Heart competed at the 19th Busan International Film Festival. As a cinematographer, she has lensed films such as Hello, Stranger: The Movie or the music videos of Zack Tabuldo (Heart Can’t Lose) and The Juans (Sabik). Leonor Will Never Die took eight years to fully realize and had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Innovative Spirit.

Red Lotus 2022

Philippines 2022
100 min | Color | Tagalog and English with English subtitles

Directed by Martika RAMIREZ ESCOBAR

Screenplay Martika Ramirez Escobar Cinematography Carlos Mauricio Editing Lawrence S. Ang Music Alyana Cabral Production design Eero Yves Francisco
Cast Sheila Francisco, Bong Cabrera, Rocky Salumbides, Anthony Falcon, Rea Molina, Alan Bautista
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