Baconaua / Sea Serpent – Joseph Israel Laban – 93’ (2017)
March 3 – 7pm – Room 2
After a particularly strong squall, a sleepy fishing village on a tiny island in Southern Tagalog wakes up to an astonishing sight – their sea has turned red. Floating on their waters are thousands of apples. No one knows where they came from. Some suspect this is a bad omen from the baconaua – a creature of myth. Few believe it to be a miracle from heaven, while others fear a more sinister source
This was the last film that I worked with Joseph Israel Laban. Sadly, Joseph passed away on July 25, 2021 due to Covid 19 at the age of 40. This was our fourth film after his first film Cuchera (2011), Termitari (2013) and The Sister (2016).
Joseph Israel Laban (March 9, 1981 – July 25, 2021) obtained his bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines at Diliman. He also attended New York University on a Fulbright Scholarship for his master’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in News and Documentary.
His first feature film Cuchera was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2015, he won the Best Director award at the ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards for Nuwebe.
Joseph was one of the Filipino filmmakers who passed away due to Covid 19.