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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Batch 81

Fortnight 1982, Feature film,

Synopsis

BATCH’81 devait être au départ un film commercial sur la vie des étudiants de nos jours. L’intention prmeière était en fait de se greffer sur l’avalanche des films de ce type qui continuent à avoir un grand succès au box-office philippin. Le thème des conféries ou sectes universitaires est devenu très rapidement le propos principal du film au cours de l’élaboration du scénario. Ce qui m’a le plus passionné dans ce phénomène de confréries, c’est qu’il m’a procuré l’occasion de montrer les amchinations d’une organisation autoritaire, se camouflant derrière une façade égalitaire. La violence physique et, plus grave, psychologique sont les instruments utilisés pour inculquer le conformimse et la soumission. BATCH’81 pour moi, en conséquence, est plus qu’un exposé sur les confréries estudiantines aux Philippines. C’est aussi une allégorie. Mike DE LEON

Director

Mike De Leon

Born in Philippines, he is a movie director, cinematographer, scriptwriter and producer.His interest in film started during his masteral studies in art history at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he frequented a small theater to watch film classics. Before making full-length films, he made two short films. He established his own film outfit, Cinema Artists Philippines, in 1975, which produced its initial offering, of which De Leon was the cinematographer: Maynila, Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, 1975, gave de Leon his first award from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), for best cinematography.He dared to explore unusual themes such as incest, fraternity violence, and the workers’ cause. Considered as cinematic masterpieces of our time, these movies were listed as three of the Urian’s Ten Outstanding Films of the Decade, 1980-1989 by the Urian.A later film, Aliwan Paradise, is part of Southern Winds, 1993, the anthology of four films from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan, commissioned by the NHK and Japan Foundation. He has been conferred the Parangal Sentenyal sa Sining at Kultura in February 1999 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.