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  • MARILOU DIAZ-ABAYA, OBSESSIONS AND TRANSITIONS: A BIOGRAPHICAL SURVEY (2/6)

    …other film, but with Karnal, it only attests to the underlying beauty and power of the work. The film regains grace and balance after the suicide, which is sustained to its haunting end. And indeed, despite its evident flaw, Karnal remains a great masterwork with the hindsight of 30 years. Karnal can be viewed validly from a number of angles: As a metaphor of the iron-fisted Marcos dictatorship then holding the Philippines in its grip; an…

    KARNAL

    Director Marilou DIAZ-ABAYA | 1983 | Philippines | 123 mins | Tagalog w/ES With the solemnity of a Greek tragedy, yet with an intimacy in storytelling, KARNAL follows a prodigal son Narcing’s return to his family’s isolated hacienda with his urban wife Puring. Shocked at her resemblance to his late wife, Narcing’s father lusts after his daughter-in-law. Passionate encounters – from parricide to infanticide and suicide – flare up…

    Asian CineVision Presents the 36th Asian American International Film Festival

    …heric depiction of the worlds shared by the children that makes it a “tone-poem” film. Dir. WONG Chen-hsi | 2012 | Singapore | 88 min | English, Malay w/ES | U.S. Premiere | Jul 28 3:00 pm Anthology Film Archives KARNAL: With the solemnity of a Greek tragedy, yet with an intimacy in storytelling, KARNAL follows a prodigal son Narcing’s return to his family’s isolated hacienda with his urban wife Puring. Shocked at her resemblance to…

    MARILOU DIAZ-ABAYA, OBSESSIONS AND TRANSITIONS: A Biographical Survey (1/6)

    …e of old Spanish-colonial houses and an ancient stone church, the first of many occasions that Abaya would employ these patinated links to the past as major elements in her films, almost as characters in their own right (see Karnal/Of the Flesh, Sensual/Of the Senses, Ipaglaban Mo/Redeem Her Honor, Milagros, Jose Rizal, Maging Akin Muli/Be Mine Again, up to her last film Ikaw ang Pag-Ibig/You are Love). With Tanikala (1980), Abaya sought to…

    MARILOU DIAZ-ABAYA, OBSESSIONS AND TRANSITIONS: A BIOGRAPHICAL SURVEY (3/6)

    …to the senses, gaining more poignancy now that Abaya herself has left the world of the senses. And indeed, a case can be made that Abaya produced not just the trilogy of feminist one-titled rhyming films of Brutal, Moral and Karnal, but a tetralogy that includes the now almost forgotten Sensual. The film had the dubious distinction of opening on the very day before the 1986 EDSA People Power of February 22 that four days later would topple the…

    MARILOU DIAZ-ABAYA, OBSESSIONS AND TRANSITIONS: A BIOGRAPHICAL SURVEY (4/6)

    …despite the objections of her husband Tony (Edu Manzano) over getting involved in other people’s troubles. Eventually, Sylvia brings Sol to a home for battered wives. Unlike the hopeless situations of her women in Brutal and Karnal, Abaya points out some hope for women in these homes. Roy can’t be put off so easily; in love with his wife in his own obsessive and psychotic way, he eventually finds the home. The efforts by other women to help Sol…

    MARILOU DIAZ-ABAYA, OBSESSIONS AND TRANSITIONS: A BIOGRAPHICAL SURVEY (6/6)

    …vier Reyes. Regal Films. Moral, 1982. S: Ricardo Lee. Seven Stars Productions. Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan ang Nakaraan – Yesterday’s Kiss… Tomorrow’s Love, 1983. S: Raquel Villavicencio from story by Carlos Caparas. Viva Films. Karnal – Of the Flesh, aka Carnal Desires, 1983. S: Ricardo Lee based on article about a legal case by Teresita Añover Rodriguez. Cine Suerte. Alyas Baby Tsina – Alias Baby China, 1984. S: Ricardo Lee based on real life case…

    MARILOU DIAZ-ABAYA: FILMMAKER ON A VOYAGE

    …is endearing documentary tribute to her friend, Mona Lisa YUCHENGCO recounts the achievements of Marilou DIAZ-ABAYA (1955-2012), the “first lady” of Philippine cinema. Marilou made unflinching efforts to make films for the underclass, who struggled to survive harsh societal and political conditions. It resulted in some of the most daring films that brought the Philippine cinema to the world’s attention, with works such as BRUTAL(1980),…