Director: Mike de Leon
Runtime: 98 mins
Language: Tagalog with English subtitles
Rating: M18 (Mature Theme and Sexual Scene)
Inspired by a 1961 true crime report – The House on Zapote Street – by Filipino novelist Nick Joaquin with the alias Quijano de Manila, Kisapmata tells the story of a domineering patriarch Dadong who is unable to accept the impending marriage of his pregnant daughter Mila to her boyfriend Noel. Dadong does everything he can to make the marriage difficult and his extensive terrorizing within the prison-like household puts a strain on the family members. As Mila attempts to escape the grips of her father, revelations of his controlling nature begin to unfold.
Kisapmata was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight of the 1982 Cannes Film Festival and is often considered Filipino master Mike de Leon’s finest work. In 2020, Mike de Leon premiered the 4K restoration of the film that was completed by L’Immagine Ritrovata using an incomplete 35mm original camera negative, a positive print and the original optical soundtrack negative preserved at the Asian Film Archive. The colour grading and sound restoration were carried out at Wildsound Studios in Manila under the personal supervision of the director.
Courtesy of UnionBank and Mike de Leon.
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