Martika Ramirez Escobar’s film follows a retired filmmaker who falls into a coma and wakes up to find herself a character in her own unfinished screenplay.
Movies about filmmakers, both real and fictional, are all the rage these days. From Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Bardo to Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, this fall season some of Hollywood’s greatest directors are releasing films about the journeys their professions have taken them. The films span a wide range of genres, from stark realism to the very weird, but few are as unique as Leonor Will Never Die.
Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Innovative Spirit at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival before screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, Martika Ramirez Escobar’s directorial debut blurs the lines between fiction and reality while paying tribute the rich history of Filipino action cinema. The film tells the story of a retired filmmaker who ends up as a character in her own unfinished screenplay after a falling television hits her in the head and sends her into a coma.
According to the official synopsis, Leonor Reyes was once a breakthrough figure in the Philippine film industry during its glory days of tattered action cinema, but now she’s struggling with old age, mounting bills and the untimely death of her son. While reviewing an unfinished screenplay about a fearless protagonist who tries to avenge his brother’s murder, Leonor is hit in the head by a falling television and falls into a coma. Lying unconscious in the hospital, fantasy and reality blur as Leonor finds herself awake in her script and becoming the heroine of her own story. An innovative blend of raunchy action homage, playful comedy and touching family drama, Leonor Will Never Die is a beautifully imaginative tribute to the art of filmmaking.
“Leonor Will Never Die” was written and directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar. The film stars Sheila Francisco, Bong Cabrera, Rocky Salumbides, Anthony Falcon, Rea Molina, Allan Bautista, Tami Monsod, Dido de la Paz, Ryan Eigenmann, Don Melvin Boongaling, Raion Sandoval and Opaline Santos.
Music Box Films will release “Leonor Will Never Die” on November 25th at the Metrograph in NYC and December 2nd at the Laemmle Royal/Glendale in Los Angeles. Check out the trailer below.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/10/leonor-will-never-die-trailer-1234772281/ Leonor Will Never Die Trailer: Filipino TIFF and Sundance Hit