I was impressed with Mikhail Red’s Rekorder when I saw it at Cinemalaya 2013. It was the first time I saw Manila captured gritty and dirty without it feeling exploitative. In fact, it still looked beautiful despite it being so dangerous and frightening. I missed Birdshot when it came out in the theaters but now I got to see his third film, Neomanila, and it’s good.
Read my review here: ‘Neomanila’ is a powerful film that doesn’t pull its punches (InterAksyon).
He’s very young but he tells powerful stories and he’s only going to get better. It’s always exciting to watch a talented and young writer/director from the start of his career and track his growth as an artist. I wasn’t as aware as I am now about artists and their development as I am now.
I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.