Insiang / Mysterious Object at Noon

Edition no. 874/875

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InsiangMysterious Object at Noon
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World Cinema Project
Insiang
Jealousy and violence take center stage in the sweltering, claustrophobic melodrama Insiang, a beautifully acted and tautly constructed character study set in the slums of Manila. Director Lino Brocka crafts an eviscerating portrait of women scorned, led by Filipina stars Hilda Koronel and Mona Lisa, who portray an innocent daughter and her bitter mother. Insiang (Koronel) leads a quiet life dominated by household duties, but after she is raped by her mother’s brutish lover and abandoned by the young man who claims to care for her, she exacts vicious revenge. A savage commentary on the degradation of urban social conditions under modern capitalism, Insiang introduced Filipino cinema to international audiences by being the first film from the country ever to play at Cannes.

Mysterious Object of Noon
As a recent film-school graduate, Apichatpong Weerasethakul brought an appetite for experimentation to Thai cinema with this debut feature, an uncategorizable work that refracts documentary impressions of the director’s native country through the concept of the exquisite corpse game. Enlisting locals to contribute their own improvised narration to a simple tale, Apichatpong charts the collective construction of the fiction as each new encounter imbues it with unpredictable shades of fantasy and pathos. Shot over the course of two years in 16 mm black and white, this playful investigation of the art of storytelling established the fascination with the porous boundaries between the real and the imagined that the director has continued to explore.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray/DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 , 1.60:1 , 1.60:1 (Anamorphic)
Audio: Tagalog 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround , Tagalog 1.0 PCM Mono , Thai 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1/A
Discs: 3 Discs |  DVD-9/BD-50

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