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KALAYAAN (WILDLIFE)

BY ADOLFO B. ALIX, JR.
Finalist, Directors Showcase
2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition

SYNOPSIS  Julian, a Filipino soldier stationed in Kota Island, is ready to leave Kalayaan. He already completed his three months of service. News of a pending coup d' etat in Manila orders him to stay in the island until further notice. With nothing much to do, he spends his waiting hours walking by the beachfront, cleaning his rifle, watching porn, listening to songs on his old radio to overcome boredom and loneliness. He also has to contend with ‘someone’ seemingly watching him. Not until his officer from the main island sends the loud mouth Lucio and the newbie Eric to station with him on the island. Their moments together - chatting, drinking, playing basketball and exchanging stories about a ghost soldier opens up things that Julian tries to forget. He is now confronted with a growing loneliness and remembers a traumatic experience in his past, which he doesn’t want to talk about. His only option for survival is to cope with reality or lose his own sanity.

FILMMAKER’S PROFILE Born October 1978 in Makati City, Philippines.  He graduated magna cum laude at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) with a degree in Mass Communications. He started as a scriptwriter for films and television. His first film, DONSOL was a finalist in the 2006 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and was the Philippines' official submission to the Academy Awards® (OSCARS) Best Foreign Language Film category. Since his debut as a director, he has become one of the promising young Filipino filmmakers with his other films screened at various international film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Rotterdam, Busan, Mar del Plata among others. Alix has been recently listed by The Hollywood Reporter in its “Next Generation Asia 2010”, which features the top 20 young entertainment personalities in the region deemed “the best and the brightest among their peers” from a vast region considered “the world’s biggest entertainment market.” He is now in pre-production for PORNO which was part of the Hongkong-Asia Film Financing Forum.

MAJOR CREDITS  Cast: Ananda Everingham, Zanjoe Marudo, Luis Alandy, Rocky Salumbides, Kiki Sugino, Angeli Bayani  Production:  Production Company -Phoenix Features/Wa Entertainment  Supported by Cinemart/Hubert Bals Fund/Global Film Initiative;  Director Adolfo Borinaga Alix, Jr.; Writer Adolfo Borinaga Alix, Jr.; Producer Arleen C. Cuevas; Co-Producer Kousuke Ono, Kiki Sugino; Associate Line Producer- Maan Dimla; Associate Director -Benjamin Tolentino; Production Manager-Rolly Palmes; Location Manager- Robin Palmes; Director of Photography- Albert Banzon; Production Designer- Adolfo Alix, Jr.; Editor- Aleks Castañeda;  Music- Teresa Barrozo; Sound Design- Ditoy Aguila; Field Sound Recordist- Joseph Santos

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