Friday, 20 June 2008

EIFF: Slingshot - Review by Robert Duffin

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Running Time: 86 mins
Sat 21 Jun, 19:00
Cineworld 6
Sun 22 Jun, 21:45
Cineworld 6

Filmed using handheld and hidden cameras, Brillante Mendoza's Philippines set urban drama is an urgent and visceral experience that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Chronicling a few days in the life of an assortment of characters living in the slums of Manila, these disparate citizens steal, work, cheat and occasionally survive as an impending local election pervades their town. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Mendoza successfully juxtaposes poverty and desperation with the twisted ideologies of a crooked democracy as Mayoral candidates fuel crime and swap cash for votes. With six features in two years, and two screening at this year's EIFF, Mendoza is a talent to watch and Slingshot is a film that cannot be missed.

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