IN PRODUCTION: Above the Clouds, Directed by Pepe Diokno

Photo by James Jayme

A 15-year-old orphan and his estranged grandfather battle the elements and each other, as they embark on a journey up a strange and mystical mountain. Starring Ruru Madrid and Pepe Smith. Directed by Pepe Diokno. Coming soon.

Here’s another interesting piece from award-winning filmmaker Pepe Diokno. Pepe has been known for his debut film, Engkwentro, which garnered recognition from Venice and Jeonju Film Festivals. Now directing his second film already, Above the Clouds, which is now in production, has already received prizes from Berlin and Busan International Film Festivals for its script. Featuring rock icon Pepe Smith and rising young star Ruru Madrid, the film tells a story of family conflict set in the beautiful mountain ranges of the north. Here are some production diaries from Diokno’s official Youtube page:

I’m always happy that the our local filmmakers are being recognized in the international scene. And this time, not only poverty porn but featuring the beauty of our country has been a popular subject to our filmmakers.

After all, Filipinos do really have talent, especially our youth. And Pepe Diokno is a manifesto to this. Really looking forward to this!

Above the Clouds

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