‘Seklusyon’ to release Director’s Cut version

Hot on the heels of its successful run at the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival where it ranked as the only consistent blockbuster nationwide

BY LEO BUKAS

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1/15/2017 8:52 AM
‘Seklusyon’ to release Director’s Cut version


011417-Seklusyon_PUSH.jpgHot on the heels of its successful run at the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival where it ranked as the only consistent blockbuster nationwide, Erik Matti’s acclaimed horror thriller, Seklusyon will re-open in limited cinemas starting January 14 (Saturday) with its complete Director’s Cut, rated R-16 by the MTRCB.

Also known as the film’s international release, the Director’s Cut of Seklusyon is the original version that drew rave reviews from various Hollywood publications, The Hollywood Reporter and VARIETY after its well-received world premiere at the International Film Festival and Awards Macau (IFFAM2016).

Calling the film “a grainy, gory parable about the triumph of evil,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Clarence Tsui wrote, “[‘Seklusyon’] drips with a ferocity about how false messiahs manipulate meek minds who, as the film's finale suggests, then propel even more malicious pretenders onto the pedestals of power. The film is [Erik] Matti's call for an awakening, and it certainly stirs with spine-tingling moments aplenty.”

Meanwhile, Maggie Lee of VARIETY noted, “The film is veteran Filipino genre director Erik Matti’s skillful reworking of the Omen conceit, in the elegant, nostalgic style reminiscent of Spanish horror films like The Devil’s Backbone.”

Director Erik Matti said his version of Seklusyon delves further into the relationship between Anghela Sta. Ana, the mysterious child with miraculous healing powers played by MMFF Special Jury Prize winner Rhed Bustamante and the equally enigmatic Madre Cecilia portrayed by MMFF Best Supporting Actress Phoebe Walker.

The Director’s Cut of the film also further expands on the backstory of Madre Cecilia and her particular effect on one of the deacons Fabian played by young actor Dominic Roque.

It also won the most number of awards in the MMFF with a total of eight honors that also includes Best Screenplay (Anton Santamaria), Best Cinematography (Neil Bion), Best Sound Design (Lamberto Casas, Jr. and Albert Michael Idioma), Best Production Design (Ericson Navarro) and Best Original Theme Song (“Dominus Miserere” By Francis de Veyra).

Produced by Reality Entertainment, Seklusyon also stars Johnvic de Guzman, JR Versales, Ronnie Alonte, Neil Ryan Sese, Lou Veloso, Elora Españo, Jerry O’ Hara and Teroy Guzman. The R-16 version opens Janunary 14 in select cinemas.