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
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, 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
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
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.