Whistleblower

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Philippines | 2016 | 82 minutes | Adolfo B. Alix Jr.

In this thriller in the tradition of Costa Gavras' Z and Ben Affleck's Argo, a Filipino accountant, adept at finding tax loopholes, turns the tables against her wealthy businesswoman employer in a far-reaching political scandal.

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Zeny Roblado is a divorced middle-aged woman, supporting both a teenage son and her mother. Working as an accountant for wealthy socialites, she is a wizard at finding loopholes in the tax code so her clients can pay as little taxes as possible. When she is introduced to wealthy businesswoman Lorna Valera, they both discover that they are actually related, and Lorna offers Zeny a job to work as her accountant exclusively. Unable to get a straight answer from Lorna about how she makes her money, but lured by the large salary she's offered, Zeny accepts the position—big mistake. It's soon realized that Lorna runs a massive financial fraud involving senators, congressmen, and mayors. By setting up fake NGO'S (Non-Governmental Agencies), Lorna allows the politicians to funnel their ill-gotten wealth into the NGO and from there to an offshore account. Zeny has now unintentionally become the linchpin of the operation by providing the paperwork to cover up all improprieties that could reveal the scam. The deeper Zeny gets involved, the more she wants out. But once you're in the government's pocket, it's never that easy. Ripped straight from the headlines, Whistleblower will affirm your deepest cynicism about the government while simultaneously restoring your faith in cinema.

Director Biography
Adolfo Alix Jr. is a Filipino screenwriter and director whose films have earned him international attention. His debut feature, Donsol, won Special Jury prizes at the Asian Marine Film Festival in Japan and at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in the U.S. In 2011, "The Hollywood Reporter" included Alix in "Next Generation Asia," featuring him on a list of the top 20 "best and brightest" people working in entertainment in that region.

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  • Director: Adolfo B. Alix Jr.
  • Principal Cast: Nora Aunor, Cherry Pie Picache, Angelica Panganiban
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Philippines
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 82 minutes
  • Producer: Antonio I. Gloria, Maria Madonna G. Tarrayo
  • Screenplay: Rody Vera
  • Cinematographers: Albert Banzon
  • Editors: Ike Veneracion, Aleks Castaneda
  • Music: Jessie Lasaten
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Chain Mail (2015); Alamat ni China Doll (2013); Porno (2013); Death March (2013); Kalayaan (2012); Haruo (2011); Isda (2011); Liberacion (2011); Presa (2010); Chassis (2010); Muli (2010); D’Survivors (2010); Romeo at Juliet (2010); Karera (2009); Manila (2009); Imoral (2008); Adela (2008); Daybreak (2008); Batanes (2007); Trambolista (2007); Nars (2007); Kadin (2007); Donsol (2006)
  • Language: Filipino
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP