To commemorate the the declaration of Martial Law in the country, the University of the Philippines Film Institute will feature Briccio Santos's clever take on the horror genre as juxtaposed with the dark days of military rule in the country. Anino ng Setyembre will be screened on September 24, October 1, and October 2, with 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. screenings.
Thirty-five years ago today, September 21, former President Ferdinand Marcos issued Presidential Proclamation 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 characters attempt to find a pattern or common thread—some would call it karma—that seems to have been visited upon the children of the generation that caused the upheaval in society.
The seesaw movement that characterizes the film is embodied by Alessandra 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 the all-too-real ghosts of the events that had traumatized her.
Luis Alandy plays the role of a Martial Law official's son, who sticks by Alessandra through her turmoil and tormented perceptions.
Rico Blanco composed the music for this film which, towards the end, rises to a choral peak that bursts into catharsis that your usual horror film does not provide.
Anino ng Setyembre is directed by Briccio Santos, whose A la Verde, A la Pobre was named Third Best Picture in the digital film competition of the Cinemanila International Film Festival in 2005.