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Apocalypse Child

Mario Cornejo
Phillippines 2016 / 95’
Animals Beuys

Crystal waves, clear beaches, sun-drenched skin, the sleepy atmosphere of the end of the season. The location is Baler, the place where Francis Ford Coppola spent several months three decades ago shooting ApocalypseNow. Today, it is an oasis for surfers, one of whom is Ford-a name that, not without reason, brings the director to mind. Approaching his forties, Ford is a hipster who spends time with his spirited, direct girlfriend. An old friend of Ford's comes to visit, along with his fiancée, who looks like she could be a model. The visit forces the protagonists to confront their past: it turns out that growing up is more difficult than surfing the waves. Images saturated with diffuse light; natural, unforced performances; and unhurried editing make it possible to avoid literalism. The melancholic beauty of the cinematography is complemented by the atmospheric music of Armi Millare from the indie-rock group Up Dharma Down. The whole makes for a perfectly emotionally balanced, mature work that has a strong impact on the senses.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Mario Cornejo

Mario Cornejo is a film director who has also made award-winning commercials. He works for one of the Philippines' biggest production companies, Film Experts. His debut comedy, Big Time, proved to be a huge success and was an award winner at the Cinemalaya Festival. His short film Stray Hearts was screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and he produced the award-winning documentary Kano: An American and His Harem.


2005 Big Time

2006 First Day High

2008 Stray Hearts (short)

2016 Dziecko apokalipsy / Apocalypse Child

Cast & Crew

director Mario Cornejo
screenplay Mario Cornejo, Monster Jimenez
cinematography Ike Avellana
editing Lawrence S. Ang
music Armi Millare
cast Sid Lucero, Annicka Dolonius, RK Bagatsing, Ana Abad Santos, Gwen Zamora
producer Monster Jimenez, Aurora Oreta Michelle Dinglasan-Tomacruz, Marti Magsanoc
production Arkeofilms
Polish distributor Pięć Smaków
language Tagalog, English
colouration colour