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Run Time: 80 minutes
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Young Kiko has recently lost his mother. Because there’s no family nearby to care for him, he’s left to live with his nanny. She’s a kind woman who loves Kiko deeply, but she’s struggling to keep him on track. The death of his mother has left Kiko distracted and distant. He’s also dealing with bullies at school who are constantly teasing him. The rest of his time is spent wandering aimlessly, giving his nanny a daily anxiety attack. He starts showing up outside the house of his estranged father, a boxer who has recently returned to town. When he finally works up the nerve to introduce himself, the two quickly begin making up for lost time. His dad teaches him how to fight and talk to girls. However, Kiko’s nanny is apprehensive about the whole thing. Will his father finally be the parent he desperately needs? Or will he split the same way he did years ago? KIKO BOKSINGERO explores how love and loss affect us in childhood. Its touching and relatable story is carried by an absolutely wonderful performance by Noel Comia, Jr. as Kiko. (In Filipino with subtitles) —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 5:45 PM
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 2:40 PM
The Sports Section
International Narrative Competition
Thop Nazareno was born and raised in the Philippines. He graduated from the College of Saint Benilde with a degree in multimedia arts and studied at the Mowelfund Film Institute.
KIKO BOKSINGERO (2017)
James Robin Mayo, Thop Nazareno, Ferdinand Lapuz
Denise O'Hara, Ash Malanum, Heber O'Hara, Emmanuel Espejo Jr.
Noel Comia Jr., Yayo Aguila, Yul Servo