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Philippines | 2012 | 110 minutes | Jun Robles Lana

One of the year's most charming surprises, this life-affirming comic drama stars veteran Filipino superstar Eddie Garcia as Rene, an elderly, hilariously cantankerous gay man coming out of his shell late in life.

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One of the year's most charming surprises, the life-affirming, gently comic drama Bwakaw balances comedy and melancholy with aplomb. Veteran Filipino superstar Eddie Garcia portrays Rene, an elderly, ornery, cantankerous gay man who has only come to terms with his homosexuality in his 70s. With only his dog Bwakaw to call his friend, Rene spends his days thinking about death and dying, repeatedly updating his will and purchasing a cheap coffin he must keep in his home. When Rene develops a friendship with Sol, a tough-looking tricycle taxi driver who helps him care for an ailing Bwakaw, he discovers a new zest for life—much to the astonishment of his neighbors and former colleagues. Garcia, now in his 80s, portrays Rene as a nuanced character navigating love, loss, and self-discovery late in the game.

Director Biography
Jun Robles Lana was born in Makati City, Philippines, and is an internationally recognized writer and director. Lana was the youngest Filipino to be inducted in the Palanca Literary Awards, and his first screenplay, In the Navel of the Sea (1998), won the Berlin International Film Festival’s Best Screenplay Award.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, Southeast Asia Center UW

Director: Jun Robles Lana
Principal Cast: Eddie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Armida Siguion Reyna, Gardo Versoza, Alan Paule
Country: Philippines
Year: 2012
Running Time: 110 minutes
Producer: Ferdinand Lapuz
Screenplay: Jun Robles Lana
Cinematographers: Carlo Mendoza
Editors: Lawrence Ang
Music: Jema Pamintuan
Website: http://www.fortissimo.nl/catalogue_lineup_title.aspx?ProjectId=f0107544-c7e0-e111-90b8-423bed86654e
Awards: Cnemalaya Independent Film Festival 2012 (Audience Award, Best Actor, Directors Showcase); Tokyo International Film Festival 2012 (Asian Film Award Special Mention)
Filmography: Yesterday Today Tomorrow (2011); My Neighbor’s Wife (2011); Tarot (2009); Gigil (2006)
Language: Tagalog
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Fortissimo Films
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