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South East Asian Film Festival - Florentina Hubaldo, CTE


Sun Apr 7 2013, 1:30pm

Where: SAM @ 8Q , 8 Queen Street, Bras Basah, Singapore

Restrictions: R16

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $9.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Tagalog with English Subtitles.

CTE refers to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease caused by head injury. Sufferers show memory loss, confusion and depression that might appear soon after the trauma, or many years later. In veteran director Lav Diaz’s film of epic length and vision, Florentina Hubaldo lives in a condition where her story is being systematically obliterated. Repeating it like a mantra, it is her way of maintaining hope for survival and redemption, fighting for what is left of her memory. Meanwhile, two gold hunters search for the proverbial treasure that will emancipate them, and a father sadly waits for the death of his fragile daughter.

Lav Diaz started his career in Regal, one of the biggest film studios in the Philippines, where he made many films such as Serafin Geronimo, Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (1998) and Jesus the Revolutionary (2001). His five-hour Batang West Side (2001) was his noted departure from commercial filmmaking and won Best Film at the 15th Singapore International Film Festival, 2002. His subsequent films, Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004), Heremias (2006), Death in the Land of Encantos (2007), and Melancholia(2008) and Century of Birthing (2011), won multiple awards and were monumental in scope.

Director’s Statement:
Torment, once it becomes inescapable, can lead to irrationality. Clinically, some brain cells may die. It can result in a malfunctioning of the motor system of the body and memory loss.

Torment, as a direct result of continuous physical and mental punishment, has been an inherent part of man's existence; a very corporeal history from the barbaric days to the ancient wars to the epochs of colonisation to modern day violence and atrocity.

Florentina Hubaldo, CTE deals with the struggle of a woman to save her story amid an incessant physical and mental torture. But what is left of her memory are just some selected parts that her malfunctioning brain can maintain. And these selected parts are also in danger of being excised from her memory as her situation continually retrogresses.

The burden of remembering is confined to those who struggle to remember, who still believe in history; with the assertion that such memory can still be relevant to survival; that it can create a dialectic, an investigation and a dialogue for the truth, the very essence of existence. But what if memory has become selective? What if essential history has been obscured, by the passage of time or by physical torture? What if fundamental history is finally gone?

The very act of remembering can become the very torment of man.