Chedeng & Apple

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Philippines | 2018 | 97 minutes | Rae Red, Fatrick Tabada

Two best friends are on the run from the law and their children after one decapitates her abusive husband and packs his head in her favorite Louis Vuitton bag in this absurd but heartfelt Filipino comedy.

Absurdist yet dry cutting humor envelops this part buddy-comedy, part lesbian-romance from Filipino directors Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red. Retired school principal Chedeng is pretty relieved when her demanding elderly husband passes away. She decides it's time to come out to her remaining family and rekindle her first love, a girl named Lydia who she hasn't seen in decades. Happy to help is Chedeng's best friend Apple, who in a fit of justifiable rage murders her own abusive husband. Off with his head! …and into Apple's favorite Louis Vuitton bag. Off they go across the country to find Lydia, only soon they are running from the law once the body is found. At least they still have his head in a bag. Hunted by Apple's stepdaughter and Chedeng's oblivious sons, the duo stumble, laugh, and step in dog excrement on their quest for Lydia, which leads to some unexpected consequences. Perhaps there's more to this lifelong friendship than either of them realizes. Unbending in its hilarity, audiences will find much to root for between these two criminals.

Director Biography
Rae Red co-wrote and edited the 2016 thriller Birdshot. Chedeng & Apple is her directorial debut.

Fatrick Tabada co-wrote the 2016 comedy Jesus is Dead (2016). Chedeng & Apple is their directorial debut.

Sponsored by 3rd Act Magazine, Southeast Asia Center at UW

  • Original Language Title: si Chedeng at si Apple
  • Director: Rae Red, Fatrick Tabada
  • Principal Cast: Gloria Diaz, Elizabeth Oropesa
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Philippines
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Producer: Bianca Balbuena
  • Screenplay: Fatrick Tabada
  • Cinematographers: Don Gerardo Frasco
  • Editors: Charliebebs Gohetia
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Tagalog
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP