Sat, Feb 10
In remote barrios of the Philippines, traditional circumcision rites are still carried out on young boys. Daisy‘s father, specialized in these procedures, often takes out his unhappiness with his life on his daughter by forcing her to remove the little boys’ foreskins. In order to get back at her father, Daisy flaunts her love affair with another woman.Worse, she decides to get pregnant by the only boy in town who is not circumcised.
Jimmy Flores, the writer, was a classmate of mine in the animation filmmaking workshop at Mowelfund Film Institute, where I made my first short film. He asked me to direct his first screenplay since other directors were telling him to rewrite it.
When I read the script, I really loved it and decided to do it as is. It is my ode to old Filipino films set in the provinces – with a twist! When Jimmy was asked what he thought of my direction of his script, he gave the best answer a writer can say to his director’s work: “It’s as if he wrote it himself.” We rushed to have the film ready for the CineManila Film Festival. We finished the film in a month, but had a problem with the censors.
It was rated X! I was shocked since there was nothing explicit in my film, just poetic eroticism. My film was edited so it could be shown to audiences 13 and older. I had to fight for my artistic rights and integrity so that the international jury of CineManila could watch the uncut version of TULI, and I succeeded. And TULI won Best Picture and I was named Best Director.
Screenings at the festival
Sat, Feb 10, 17:30, Arsenal 1 (E)
Sun, Feb 11, 12:30, Cubix 7 (E)
Tue, Feb 13, 19:45, CineStar 8 (E)