MoMA screens ‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank’ till May 28

Eugene Domingo in the critically acclaimed film

Catch “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank,” screening at The Museum of Modern Art from May 25 to 28. The film premiered in New York on May 24 as part of MoMA’s annual ContemporAsian series showcasing independent Asian cinema.

The 87-minute movie stars Eugene Domingo in what is billed as a film within a film. Protagonists Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do and ambitious film school graduates determined to make their first film Oscar-worthy. The other stars are JM de Guzman, Kean Cipriano.

Directed by Marlon N. Rivera and written by Chris Martinez, this parody of Filipino art films and the international film festival circuit follows the young filmmakers through a day of pitch meetings, coffee shop powwows and location scouting, finding their story in the squalor of the Payatas dumpsite.

It won Best Film in the 2011 Cinemalaya Awards, which describes “Babae sa Septic Tank” as a comedy about “misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty.”

ContemporAsian features weeklong film screenings. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, 65 years and over with I.D; and $8 for full-time students with I.D. Admission is free for MoMA members.

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  1. M. Matthews wrote:

    Editor, thank you for supporting the Filipino cinema.

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