This unique film from acclaimed Filipino director Raya Martin
re-imagines his country's past as an elemental humanist epic.
Fleeing the American invasion of the Philippines in the early 20th Century, a mother and son retreat into the jungle where they make a home. Time passes; a wounded woman is rescued; the mother dies; a child is born. The family survive isolated from the growing chaos engulfing their country, but a storm approaches that threatens their existence as American troops draw nearer...
Ingeniously staged on studio sets that evoke the lost period of early and silent cinema, Independencia's mesmerising visual aesthetic creates a lush metaphor for the mythical history and identity of the Philippines and incisively explores the intersection between national history and cinema history.
The DVD is presented in a new, director-approved HD digital transfer with restored picture and sound and features the World Premiere of a new short film, created exclusively for this release by director Raya Martin - plus 'Behind-the-Scenes' featurette, Raya Martin's experimental silent short film 'Track Projections', original Trailer. exclusive DVD-ROM content and a new essay on the film by critic Antoine Thirion.
• Presented from a new high-definition digital transfer with restored picture and sound, approved by the director.
• World Premiere of exclusive new short film -
"Excerpt from 'INDEPENDENCIA 86: The Lost Film of Arturo Madlangbayan' as re-edited by Miko Revereza and Raya Martin"
• 'Behind the scenes' – the making of Independencia.
• Raya Martin's experimental silent short 'Track Projections'.
• 16-page booklet featuring a new essay by arts curator and critic Antoine Thirion.
• Exclusive DVD-ROM content – including the original script and Lutgardo Labad's theme music.
Tetchie Agbayani - Mother
Sid Lucero - Son
Alessandra de Rossi - Stranger
Mika Aguilos - Child
Directed by Raya Martin
Story and screenplay - Ramon Sarmiento, Raya Martin
Director of photography - Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor - Jay Halili
Music - Lutgardo Labad
Sound - Ronald de Asis and Arnel Labayo
Production design - Digo Ricio
Costumes – Reza Aznar
Producer - Arleen Cuevas
2009 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection - Un Certain Regard
2009 Bangkok International Film Festival /
Winner: Golden Kinnaree Award + Raya Martin, Netpac Award
2009 Valdivia International Film Festival /
Winner: Critics Prize + Special Jury Award
"Raya Martin's spellbinding film... channels the lambent, dreamlike quality of early cinema... an ingenious dovetailing of form and content" David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Even more exquisitely than France's The Artist (2011), Portugal's Tabu (2012), and Spain's Blancanieves (2012), this black and white jewel of the Filipino New Wave harnesses the aesthetics and artifice of silent films and early talkies"
Graham Fuller, The Arts Desk
"Raya Martin's distilled and meticulously crafted film... incisively explores the intersection between national history and cinema history" Strictly Film School
"Independencia sees young Filipino director Raya Martin reconnecting with Philippine history in a fresh and vital way... Mixing fact and fable, and filmed in mesmerising monochrome, Independencia is a truly original film statement"
Graham Hobbs, MovieMail