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Archive - 8th Five Flavours Film Festival


Philippines 2012, 110’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Jun Robles Lana
screenplay: Jun Robles Lana
cinematography: Carlo Mendoza
editing: Lawrence S. Ang
music: Jema Pamintuan, Jeff Hernandez
cast: Eddie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Princess (pies)
producer: Tonee Acejo, Ferdinand Lapuz, Antonio P. Tuviera
language: Philippine, Tagalog
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Asia-Pacific FF – najlepszy aktor; Asian Film Awards – najlepszy aktor, nagroda publiczności dla aktora; Cinemalaya Independent FF – nagroda publiczności, Balanghai Trophy dla najlepszego aktora, nagroda NETPAC; Golden Screen Awards of Phillipines – najlepszy film dramatyczny, reżyser, scenariusz oryginalny, historia, zdjęcia, najlepsza rola; Tokyo IFF – wyróżnienie; Vesoul Asian FF – nagroda Emile Guimet, nagroda międzynarodowego Jury, nagroda szkół wyższych; Oficjalny kandydat Filipin do Oscara 2013 w kategorii filmu obcojęzycznego

Film description

The title comes from a name of a dog, who doesn't at all resemble those lovely pets from popular comedies. The name, Bwakaw, is a colloquial adjective for someone greedy, rapacious, and egoistic. It also characterizes the dog's owner: a brusque 70 year old man, who has already given up on his life. But behind this unwelcoming facade, he hides a life-long frustration. He is gay, and he has only recentlydecided to come out. Now he must deal with his loneliness and the regret of living a lie. The director combines melancholy with black humor and social sensitivity, wrapping his unconventional script in an intriguing visual form.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Jun Robles Lana

Born in 1972. Award-winning playwright, laureate of 11 Philippine Palanca Literary Awards – he received the first one at the age of 19. Author of screenplays for TV series and for films directed by Mariluo Daiz-Abay and Maryo J. de los Reyes, among others. He made his debut as a director with “Gigil” in 2006.


2006 Gigil
2008 Mag-ingat ka sa... Kulam
2009 Tarot
2011 My Neighbor's Wife
2011 Kahapon, Ngayon, Bukas / Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
2012 Bwakaw
2013 Mga Kwentong Barbero / Barber's Tales
2014 So It's You 

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