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EDSA XXX

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North American Premiere!

2014, Philippines, 81 min.
Director Khavn
Screenwriter Khavn
Cast Jeffrey Quizon, Sheree

Nothing ever changes in the ever-changing Republic of Ek-Ek-Ek. The year is 2030. The place is a Filipino bizarro-future akin to Biff Tannen’s 1985 (but with more palm trees).

The seer of this anarcho-absurdist-sci-fi-musical-vision is Khavn, whose name is synonymous with truly underground filmmaking. From BUFFs-passed we’ve caught some bleak-yet-joyful glimpses of reality in the gutters of Manila by way of Khavn’s inventive, manic, supersaturated insanity. EDSA XXX offers nothing less than those in the know have come to expect. His latest spirals out of control into beautiful madness; political realism by way of ludicrous musical satire.

Tossing unsuspecting viewers straight into the complicated fray of the island nation’s modern political history, EDSA XXX plays with fact and fiction to amusing and bewildering effect. The film opens with documentary footage of the first EDSA Revolution in 1986, which led to the fall of President Ferdinand Marcos. Khavn then imagines a succession of grotesque and almost interchangeable leaders (referencing at least two real Filipino presidents) who bring no real change to the nation’s citizens.

In 2030, Ek-Ek-Ek is embroiled in its 30th revolution. “Third Eye” is the 30th leader of the nation, an ineffectual, three- eyed troll of a man worshiped by blind adherents. But who is pulling his strings? Rebellions abound. There’s a militant group of mermaids called the Rizal Underground. There are prostitutes, thugs, mercenaries, and ritual seppuku. Everything is a constant and so nothing ever changes, and its from this existential frustration that the film drives us toward its amusing, poignant conclusions.

If there’s one thing that Khavn excels at, it’s sharing a strong, expressive, alternative voice of the Philippines on the festival circuit where poverty-touring, bordering-on-exploitative conventional Filipino cinema typically gets the limelight. Khavn gives a refreshing middle finger to the status quo, dedicating this film to “Filipinos who know how to live for love of freedom and liberty” with a punk rock fervor.

— Nicole McControversy
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JzCsIAZaCg

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  • Saturday, March 29 at 11:59 PM

Tickets $10, $8 Brattle Members. Brattle passes not accepted for festival screenings.