Filipino director Brillante Ma Mendoza has been quite prolific in the last several years, directing 16 films since 2005 and making quite a name for himself on the festival circuit with movies like Captive and Thy Womb.
He next delves into horror territory with Sapi (review), which premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered a positive response.
Just in time for Sapi‘s next TIFF screening on the 15th, we’ve got the trailer and poster for ya today. You’ll find the footage below!
The film stars Dennis Trillo, Meryll Soriano and Baron Geisler.
With the rival station Philippine Broadcasting Channel (PBC) eating up the TV audiences’ major share, Sarimanok Broadcasting Network (SBN) needs a miracle to stay alive in the competition. In these mad and fearful times, SBN’s news team finds that documenting an actual spiritual possession is their only hope.
Tasked to head the documentary production is MERYLL FLORES, a trainee TV executive producer, along with DENNIS MARQUEZ, a reporter. Needless to say, the success of the project will also secure their eventual promotion in the company. However, a miracle seems to evade Meryll’s team. They go to distant places, schools, provincial areas, religious groups, and faith healers, hoping to uncover a case of mass possession, but to no avail. They simply cannot find a single incident of possession. Worse, BARON VALDEZ, cameraman of the rival network PBC, is the one who was able to capture the isolated case of demonic possession that involved a high school teacher named Ruby.
To fulfill her task, Meryll enters into a deal that is more profoundly horrifying than the harrowing scene of paranormal possession. To acquire the needed footage, she buys the outtakes of the Ruby possession case from Baron. But at the point Meryll imagines to be the turning point of her new career, an exorcising reality dawns on her with a spiraling effect that mirrors the political system governing the TV network.
Learn more about the film and the upcoming screening over on TIFF’s website.
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