Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

M. (Mother's Maiden Name)

Year: 2014
Run Time: 103 minutes

M. (Mother's Maiden Name)
M. (Mother's Maiden Name)
M. (Mother's Maiden Name)
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Madam Bella is a real pain. As owner of the Monteclaro Law Firm in Manila, she’s insufferably rude to the secretaries, maids, and drivers who attend her, and she treats her grown son Joven with disdain. Joven obeys Bella’s orders while remaining habitually detached, though he’s starting to get restless. Suddenly Bella receives a diagnosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Assuming she can pay her way out of the situation, she insists that Joven accompany her to international treatment sessions. As Bella gets sicker, she and Joven begin talking about what’s important in life. When the family maid disappears, hoping to get her back to work they track her down—and find her caring for her desperately ill daughter in appalling conditions in a rural shack. M. (MOTHER’S MAIDEN NAME) is an indictment of the jarring discrepancy between healthcare practices for the rich and poor. It features a fine melodramatic performance by Filipina singer-celebrity Zsa Zsa Padilla. (In Tagalog with subtitles) – B.B.

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Zig Madamba Dulay

Zig Madamba Dulay hails from Isabela province in the Philippines. He obtained degrees in Communication Arts and Creative Writing and Film from the University of the Philippines. He is also a screenwriter who has worked as a casting director and directed TV mini-series.

"Huling Halik" (2011), M. (MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME) (2014)

Josabeth Alonso, Ferdinand Lapuz

Zig Madamba Dulay

Albert Banzon

Carlo Francisco Manatad

Principal Cast
Zsa Zsa Padilla, Nico Antonio, Gloria Sevilla, Sue Prado, Dennis Padilla, Marx Topacio

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