Kuwaresma [The Entity] (2019)

Director: Erik Matti
Writer: Katski Flores
Cast: Sharon Cuneta, John Arcilla, Kent Gonzales, Pam Gonzales, Guila Alvarez, Coohleene Cabasag, Deo Dela Cruz
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2019

Luis (Ken Gonzales) comes back home after the surprising death of his twin sister Manuela (Pam Gonzales). His parents – Rebecca (Sharon Cuneta) and Arturo (John Arcilla) – are evasive about what happened to her, but Luis knows that something is up and not just because a psychic, Salve (Guila Alvarez) warned him at the funeral. Because Manuela haunts him every night. He tries to figure out more, but this is easier said than done.

Kuwaresma does great in the beginning but then starts to fall apart once the story actually gets going. I missed a bit of it because I fell asleep, but I can’t say that I regret it.

The film poster showing a wall full of family portraits, splattered in blood, a ghost girl sitting in front of it.
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Outer Space (1999)

Outer Space
Director: Peter Tscherkassky
Writer: Peter Tscherkassky
Based on: The Entity
Seen on: 27.03.2015

Tscherkassky re-edited footage from The Entity, transforming it into a psychedelic fight of a woman (Barbara Hershey) against, apparently, her own house. Or is it against the film itself?

Outer Space is a short film and I was glad that it was only a short – I don’t think I could have stomached the kaleidoscopic images, the sound design, the film jumps, the flashing lights for an entire feature. But despite the exhaustion caused by the film, the disorientation is evocative, creating a very unique atmosphere and one that is worth experiencing.

outerspaceSummarizing: it’s work, but it’s worth it. At least if you like experimental film.