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Insiang Filipino Movie Restored Scorsese Hero



Not recommended for children under 15; may include moderate levels of violence, language or themes

16 Jul - 24 Jul

For his forth feature, famed Filipino director Lino Brocka crafted a searing Shakespearian melodrama set in the Manila slums. Starring the legendary actress, Mona Lisa, Insiang was the first Filipino film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival and confirmed Brocka as a major talent. In 2015, Insiang was restored by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, allowing a whole new generation to experience this legendary but rarely seen film.

  • Hilda Koronel plays Insiang, a beautiful everywoman who lives with her tough, uncompromising mother Tonya (Mona Lisa) and the extended family of the father and husband who deserted them. When Tonya takes a younger lover – the local standover hunk, Dado, she kicks out the unwanted familial guests. Her actions set off a chain of events that ignites passions and revenge for mother and daughter alike.

    From his early films, Lino Brocka (Manila in the Claws of Light) set his gaze on the margins of society. He worked with a mix of regular citizens and professional actors and his films openly discussed sexuality, gender politics. Not surprisingly, he commonly came under attack from the strict censorship enforced by the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines.

    Martin Scorsese is the Founder and Chair of The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1990 dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore nearly 700 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world. The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project has restored 26 films from 19 different countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema.

    Restored by Cineteca di Bologna/ L’Immagine Ritrovata. Restoration funded by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.