CINEMALAYA 2011 MUST-WATCH : Adolf Borinaga Alix, Jr’s “I S D A”

‘ISDA’ Schedule of Screenings at Cinemalaya 2011:

16 July/Sat, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)

17 July/Sun, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 3

18 July/Mon, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

18 July/Mon, 9:00PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)

19 July/Tue, 9:00PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

20 July/Wed, 3:30PM at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

21 July/Thu, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre)

22 July/Fri, 1:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 5

23 July/Sat, 6:30PM at the Greenbelt 3 – Cinema 3

24 July/Sun, 3:30PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute







A couple, Lina and Miguel, move into a dumpsite in Catmon, Malabon from Pangasinan.  As they adjust to their new abode and surroundings, Lina’s longing to have a child of her own intensifies.  Miguel finds a job in a local ice plant while Lina goes with neighbor-scavengers in the nearby dumpster.  But when Miguel gets sick and loses his job, he joins his wife in scavenging.  Lina finds a burned image of St. Peregrine in the dumpsite and keeps it.  Then one day, the news spreads quickly that Lina is pregnant.  When her belly has swollen bigger, Lina gets out of her hut to show the world how a fulfilled woman she is.  Miguel is a more loving husband than ever.  In the middle of a storm, Lina gives birth.  Those who witnessed it were shocked—her son is a fish.  Miguel cannot accept it.  Lina embraces what has happened and treats the fish as her real son.  Strange and surreal moments test Lina’s love for her offspring.  What unfolds is a fable that questions the needs and compromises of a real family.


Filmmaker’s Profile


Adolfo Alix Jr. was born in 1978 at Makati City, Philippines.  He graduated magna cum laude at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) with a degree in Mass Communications.  He started as a screenwriter for films and television before starting to direct features in 2006.  His first film Donsol (2006) was the Philippines’ official submission to the Best Foreign Language film category of the Academy Awards.  Since then, he has become one of the most promising young filmmakers from the Philippines.  His subsequent films were screened in various international film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Rotterdam, Locarno, Pusan, Warsaw and Mar del Plata.  Alix has been recently listed by The Hollywood Reporter in its “Next Generation Asia 2010”, which features the top 20 young entertainment personalities in the region deemed “the best and the brightest among their peers.”  Among his works are Liberacion, Presa, Chassis, Muli, D’Survivors, Karera, Aurora, Adela, Imoral, Daybreak, Nars, Tambolista, and Kadin.


Major Credits:  Cast:


Cherrie Pie Picache as Lina, Bembol Roco as Miguel, Anita Linda as Juling, Rosanna Roces as Dolor, Angel Aquino as Cory, Alan Paule as Turing, Evelyn Vargas as Luz and Arnold Reyes as Jaime.




Production Company-Phoenix Features, Director- Adolfo Alix Jr., Writer- Jerry B. Gracio,Co-Producers-Jonas Antonio Gaffud and Elizabeth Juan, Line Producer- Maan P. Dimla,Associate Director-Armando Reyes, Assistant Director-Benjamin G. Tolentino, Production Manager-Roland Palmes, Location Manager-Robin Palmes, Director of Photography-Albert Banzon, Production Designer-Adolfo Alix Jr., Art Directors-Roland Rubenecia and Jerome Zamora, Editor-Benjamin Tolentino, Sound Design-Ditoy Aguila and Junel Valencia, Field Sound Recordists- Mark Locsin, Nicolas Varela and Joseph Santos

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