To commemorate the the declaration of Martial Law in the country, the Universityof the Philippines Film Institute will feature BriccioSantos's clever take on the horror genre as juxtaposed with the dark days ofmilitary rule in the country. Anino ng Setyembre will be screened onSeptember 24, October 1, and October 2, with 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. screenings.
Thirty-five years ago today, September 21, former PresidentFerdinand Marcos issued PresidentialProclamation No. 1081 placing the entire country under Martial Law.
This digital film focuses on the cases of disappearance and political violence during the Marcos era. The charactersattempt to find a pattern or common thread—some would call it karma—that seemsto have been visited upon the children of the generation that caused theupheaval in society.
The seesaw movement that characterizes the film is embodied byAlessandra de Rossi, who plays a Filipino living in exile in the United States.She is forced to come back to her native country to come to grips with theall-too-real ghosts of the events that had traumatized her.
Luis Alandy plays the role of a Martial Law official's son, whosticks by Alessandra through her turmoil and tormented perceptions.
Rico Blanco composed the music for this film which, towards theend, rises to a choral peak that bursts into catharsis that your usual horrorfilm does not provide.
Anino ng Setyembre is directed by Briccio Santos, whose A la Verde, A la Pobre wasnamed Third Best Picture in the digital film competition of the CinemanilaInternational Film Festival in 2005.