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REquieme!

BY LOY ARCENAS
Finalist, New Breed Full Length Feature Category
2012 CINEMALAYA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION

SYNOPSIS  Circus hijinks surround the barangay of Sta. Maria in the midst of an international murder sensation. Swanie, Sta. Maria’s barangay chair and a distant relative of the killer, tries to gain political points by staging a wake for the criminal-turned-celebrity. Meanwhile in faraway Manila, Joanna, Swanie’s runaway son, navigates his way through labyrinthine bureaucracy, to give a neighbor a proper burial. With these two unrelated deaths, estranged mother and son each bury the dead long shelved in their hearts. Amidst these unspoken family burials, the neighborhoods’ penchant for funeral fiestas, gossip and secrets, bizarre social events and the sheer mix of scandal and inebriation complete the picture of dying the Pinoy way.

FILMMAKER’S PROFILE REquieme!” is Mr. Arcenas’ second film. His first film, “Niño”, was premiered in last year’s Cinemalaya festival where it received the Special Jury Prize. It was co-winner for the Best Film Award in last year’s New Currents section of the Busan International Film Festival. Based in New York, Loy Arcenas has an established career as a theatrical set designer as well as director. He has designed sets for Broadway shows that have included “Once On This Island”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Love! Valour! Compassion!”, “Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life”.  He has also designed the sets for the off-Broadway and major American regional theater companies of the United States. He has collaborated with some of the most exciting American directors and playwrights including Joe Mantello, George C. Wolfe, Anne Bogart, Robert Falls, Terrence McNally, Craig Lucas, Paula Vogel. For his design work, he has received the Obie for Sustained Excellence of Scenic Design, the Drama Desk Award, the Bay Area Critics Circle Awards, the Jefferson Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, the Michael Merritt Award for Design Collaboration. His directing work in New York have included his collaboration with Lonnie Carter, “The Romance of Magno Rubio”, for which he received his second Obie, and Ralph Peña’s ‘Flipzoids’.  His New York directing work is very much associated with the Ma-Yi Theatre Company. For Tanghalang Pilipino, he designed and directed “The Romance of Magno Rubio”, David Henry Hwang’s “Golden Child”, and “Tatlong Mariya”, Rody Vera’s adaptation of Chekov’s “Three Sisters”.

MAJOR CREDITS  Cast: Shamaine Buencamino as Swanie, Rez Cortez as Budoy, Anthony Falcon as Joanna, Paul Jake Paule as Winston, Endong as Rener Concepcion, Antonette Garcia as Sally, Roli Inocencio as Robinson, Garry Lim as Junior, Jelson Bay as Baboy, Angelita Raymundo as Melvi, Skyzx Labastilla as Taranta, Ces Aldaba as Jake, Lou Veloso as Renato and Lilia Cuntapay as Aling Isang Production: Director-Loy Arcenas, DOP-Louie Quirino and Maisa Demetillo, Story-Loy Arcenas and Rody Vera, Screenplay-Rody Vera, Producers-Philippe Chambon and Daniel Arcenas, Line Producer-Krisma Maclang-Fajardo, Editor-Lawrence Fajardo, Musical Scorer-Budoy Maraviles, Sound Designer-Wildsound Ami, 1st Asst. Director-Sheenly Gener, 2nd Asst. Director-Ed Lacson, Production Manager-Ron Capili and Philip Buena, Production Design-Loy Arcenas.

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