Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

AREA

Year: 2016
Country: PHILIPPINES
Language: Tagalog, Kapampangan
Run Time: 106 minutes

AREA
AREA
AREA
AREA

In Angeles City in the Philippines, a neighborhood referred to as “Area” has become known for its bargain-priced brothels. These establishments service poor men who can’t afford the expensive luxuries of the red-light district. Many of the prostitutes in these brothels are past their prime and out of shape. They’re desperate for clients and even willing to trade sex for needed household items. They eat scraps and leftovers from their pimp’s family. It’s a depressing existence, one that severely lacks hope or promise. Most of the ladies have accepted their fate—except Hillary, a kind woman who also looks after some of the younger girls. She’s been saving up for a plane ticket to America in the hopes of being reunited with her son. Everyone around her thinks she’s crazy, constantly teasing her for what they see as an impossible feat. Can she and the rest of the women escape the hell they’re trapped in? AREA is a fictional tale, but its characters represent real life archetypes. The film portrays them honestly but never casts judgment. (In Tagalog and Kapampangan with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF41 Screenings

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 9:30 PM

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Sidebars
PAN-ASIAN FILMS
WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Director
Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio

Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio was born in the Province of Laguna, Philippines in 1968. He studied mass communication at Centro Escolar University.

Filmography
"Pangarap ko ang ibigin ka" (2003), "Annie B." (2004), "Lovestruck" (2005), "Between the Eyes" (2014)-39th CIFF, "Child Haus" (2015), AREA (2016)

Producers
Baby Go, Ferdinand Lapuz, Dennis Evangelista, Romeo Lindain

Screenwriting
Robby Tantingoco

Cinematography
Rain Yamson

Editing
Gilbert Obispo

Principal Cast
Ai Ai Aldelas Alas, Allen Dizon, Sue Prado, Sancho Delas Alas, Sarah Brakensiek, Ireen Cervantes, Tabs Sumulong

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