Recovering decaying 35mm footage, from under the bed of 1980s starlet Liz Alindogan, John Torres discovered it was from an unfinished film by Celso Advento Castillo, one of the Philippines' geniuses of 1970s and 80s genre cinema. Shot on the same island and at the same time as Oliver Stone's Platoon, it coincided with the People Power Revolution as Marcos was being thrown out of the country. A film of epic mystery, and erudite self-consciousness emerges from a waking dream.

Torres' feat is that he playfully weaponsies the decaying reels representing the personal trauma of Liz Alindogan, "into a multi-layered exposé of the oppression that exists both at the filmmaking set and in the country under the Marcos regime." —Oggs Cruz, Rappler

"Transforming documentary and fiction with wild freedom. Torres confirms that celluloid continues to be a living matter, redeemable when it was believed doomed, salvageable when it was considered lost, impeller of the most innovative creation when it was supposed to be obsolete." — Javier H. Estrada, Filmadrid


About John Torres

John Torres (b. 1975) is an independent film director, producer, writer, and musician from Manila. He has made four feature films and over a dozen short films.

He's had retrospectives at the 12th Seoul International New Media Festival in 2012, Vennale in 2013, the 4th Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Cosquin in Argentina in 2014, and “A Child Outside”, organised by the The Reading Room and Filmvirus, supported by The Japan Foundation, Bangkok.

His debut feature, Todo Todo Teros' (2006) awards include the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the 25th Vancouver International Film Festival); the NETPAC and FIPRESCI critics awards at the 2006 Singapore International Film Festival and in 2007, the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Film Critics of the Philippines) nominated his film in four categories, namely: Best Screenplay, Best Editing (won), Best Director, and Best Picture.

His second feature film, Years When I was a Child Outside, funded by the Hubert Bals Fund and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, was awarded a Jury Special Mention in the Southeast Asian Competition of the 2008 Bangkok International Festival and the Grand Jury Prize in the 2007 Cinemanila International Film Festival. It was screened in competition in Rotterdam and in Berlin Forum Expanded as a multi-channel work.

His fourth feature, Lukas The Strange, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2012 and won a Special Mention at the Festival de Cine Lima Independiente in 2013.

Selected filmography

People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose (2016), Lukas Nino (Lukas The Strange) (2013), Ang Ninanais (Refrains Happen Like Revolutions In A Song) (2010), Taon Noong Ako'y Anak Sa Labas (Years When I Was A Child Outside) (2008), Todo Todo Teros (2006)