Area – Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio – (2016)
March 3 – 3pm – Room 2
A short distance from the city’s red-light district is Area, a neighborhood of brothels where over-the-hill sex workers can be had for a can of sardines or even on credit. During its heyday, Area had up to 700 brothels servicing thousands of low-income men, hormonally active boys and society misfits–all taking advantage of the bargain price of sex available only at Area
Hillary, one of the sex workers, keeps her life-savings to fulfill a dream to travel to the United States to find a son she said she lost during the panic caused by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.
The film was based on stories I heard from my male classmates in high achool on how they lost their virginity in the 80s. I told director Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio about my concept. It took almost 25 years before it got made into a film. We were told that our location in the film was demolished by the city government after watching the film.
Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio started his career as a music video director for Filipino top singers and a TV director for variety programs.
His first independent feature Asintado (Between The Eyes). His film Laut won Best Actress and Special Mention at the 2016 Oporto International Film Festival and School Service won Best Actress in the Director’s Week and Special Mention in the Orient Express here in Oporto in 2019.
Area won Special Jury Prize at the 12th Eurasia International Film Festival in Kazakhstan.