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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Captive (2012) by Brillante Mendoza showing in the Philippines beginning September 5, 2012


Another powerful film by Cannes Best Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza is set to captivate the viewers' sensibilities. Captive (2012) is presented by Swift Productions, in association with Centerstage, B.A. Produktion, Studio Eight Productions, and Arte France Cinema. It is the Official Philippine Entry to the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. 

To date, the film will be showing in France, Germany, Great Britain. In the Philippines, it is scheduled to to have its commercial run beginning September 5, 2012.

Rated “A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board, Captive is in English, Tagalog, French, Tausug, Hookien, Chavacano with English subtitles. Running time: 122 minutes.


SYNOPSIS (Source: Captive Facebook Page):
On May 27, 2001, the notorious Abbu Sayaff Islamic militants raided the peaceful paradise island resort of Dos Palmas in the picturesque province of Palawan. During the hellish ordeal, the Islamist separatist group seized a total of 20 hostages who were mostly guests of the resort-  a mix of local and foreign tourists. The hostages were eventually taken hundreds of miles south to Mindanao, the region home to the terrorist kidnappers. News of the incident instantly spread around the globe. One online report from the United Kingdom’s The Telegraph tells how the event unfolded 
This unforgettable crisis eventually resulted in the death of several hostages. Among the casualties was Martin Burnham, an American citizen, who was taken together with his wife, Gracia Burnham who, with her courage and faith in God, survived the horrendous trial after more than 1 year in captivity. She had become the most well-known face of this haunting incident that will forever be written on the pages of Philippine history. The experience inspired her to establish the Martin and Gracia Burnham Foundation that helps fund both Muslim and Christian missions. 
Although mainstream media have given its focus more on Gracia Burnham’s fight for freedom, it is however undeniable that human sympathy reached down to all innocent civilians that were involved. Our humanity grieved for all that were lost: the soldiers who died in the fight to free the captives; and the victims who perished along the way. 
Now, after more than 10 years, a gripping film by 2009 Cannes best director Brilliante Ma. Mendoza will revisit this sinister past. Captive will magnify the true impact of what is now known to be the Dos Palmas kidnappings and the other hostage incidents in southern Philippines that transpired from then. It is an ode to the suffering of not only the hostages, but of the whole world who will never forget, a world that will remain a “captive.”

Follow Captive (2012) on Facebook: 

The Captive trailer

Starring: Isabelle Huppert (Two-time Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awardee)

With: Ronnie Lazaro, Raymond Bagatsing, Sid Lucero, Mon Confiado, Timothy Mabalot, Tado, Neil Ryan Sese, Pipo Alfad, Raul Morit, Perry Dizon, Kristoffer King, Oliver Gaton, Bombi Plata, Raymond Nullan, Lauren Novero, Vince Rillon, Ronaldo Nacianceno


Rustica Carpio, Kathy Mulville, Mercedes Cabral, Mark Zanneta, Peter Overbeeke, Madeline Nicolas, Maria Isabel Lopez, Bianca Zialcita, Bobby Jerome Go, Bernard Palanca, Jon Achaval, Jelyn Chong, Goldilyn Uy, Elizabeth Chua, Archie Adamos, Bea Garcia, Richard Manabat, Boom Latorre, Jess Evardone, Nico Antonio

Angel Aquino, Allan Paule, Che Ramos, Marinela Lumeran


Anita Linda, Arlyn de la Cruz, Joel Torre, Perry Escaño, Evelyn Vargas-Knaebel, Harold Montano, Micah Muñoz, Cris Garrido

Special participation: Coco Martin



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