Lukas the Strange

Showtimes

Film runs Fri, Apr 18 through Sun, Apr 20.

Fri, Apr 18

5:00pm

Sun, Apr 20

8:30pm

Lukas the Strange
Lukas nino | John Torres, 2013
Philippines | Tagalog with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 85 minutes

U.S. Premiere!

“Lukas, in the middle of the film, the actress will pay a visit. You'll fall in love with her. And you'll understand your father. I'll become your memory. I haven't shown you the middle yet.” Thus begins John Torres's latest dream of a documentary, a highly experimental, gloriously free-form coming-of-age story. Shortly after the arrival of a film crew that throws his tiny, usually quiet village into a frenzy of commotion, Lukas's father, Mang Basilio, announces that he is a tikbalang, the half-horse, half-man of Filipino folklore. When Mang Basilio disappears, the awkward, baffled Lukas sets out on a journey of self-discovery that will include a “river of forgetting,” invisible voices, and a hallucinatory blurring of reality and fantasy. Torres has already carved out an idiosyncratic niche for himself in the thriving world of documentary-fiction hybrids, and this is his most personal and expansive work to date.

Series: Art of the Real 2014

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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