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Archive - 9th Five Flavours Film Festival

Shadow Behind the Moon

Anino sa likod ng buwan
Philippines 2015, 120’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Jun Robles Lana
screenplay: Jun Robles Lana
cinematography: Carlo Mendoza
editing: Lawrence Ang
music: Richard Gonzales
cast: Luis Alandy, Anthony Falcon, L.J. Reyes
producer: Jun Robles Lana, Carlo Mendoza, Tonee Acejo, Antonio P. Tuviera, Ferdinand Lapuz, Mark Leander Mendoza, Lawrence Ang
production: Octobertrain Films, The Idea First Company, APT Entertainment
language: Tagalog
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Karlovy Vary FF 2015; Pacific Meridian FF 2015 – Best Director, Best Actress, NETPAC Jury Best Asian Film, The FIPRESCI International Critics Prize

Film description

A shocking psychodrama of three actors, made in one shot. It is 1993, fights between the government and a communist guerillas have been going on for years. Emma and Nardo, a young married couple, finds shelter in a home somewhere between the front lines. From time to time they get a visit from their friend Joel, a soldier. This night is good for playing cards, but the real game will be played on a whole different level. What is the real reason for the visits? Who is on who's side?

Step by step revealing the emotional and idealistic stakes each character fights for, Lana constructs an intelligent, surprising plot. The action is set on the night of lunar eclipse, the scenography is just a house and a small piece of nature around it. But it is enough to build a claustrophobic space with many nooks and corners: the jungle just out the door, which resonates with the sounds of distant shots, becomes a dark witness of the events, which surround the characters. It is also the space beyond law, a no man's land, where the most primary instincts come alive – arousing passion, which is hardly be subdued by political preferences. The simple, experimental form brings emotions to the front: the secrets and lies piling up between the characters become a metaphor for the relations in the internally-divided country.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Jun Robles Lana

Born in 1972, award-winning screenwriter, laureate of 11 Filipino Palanca literary awards, he received the first one at the age of 19. Author of screenplays for films by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and Maryo J. de los Reyes, as well as many TV series. In 2006 he made his debut as a director with "Gigli." His 2013 film, "Bwakaw," was a Filipino Oscars candidate.


2006 Gigil
2008 Roxxxanne
2008 Mag-ingat ka sa...
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
2015 Cień za księżycem / Anino sa likod ng buwan / Shadow Behind the Moon

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