Closing Film

Davao Ngilngig Festival 2018’s closing film is Joseph Israel Laban’s BACONAUA, winner of Cinemalaya 2017 Special Jury Prize, Best Cinematography and Best Director. The film, which competed at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia and Busan International Film Festival in Korea, will make its Davao premiere during the DNF 2018, with director Laban in attendance. 

The Young Critics Circle also picked Baconaua as the Best Film of 2017, a film which “interweaves the mythic with the contemporary exploration of violence and loss in a coastal community of Marinduque.”

During the closing, you’ll also be able to catch the screening of Carlo Francisco Manatad’s short film JODILERKS DELA CRUZ, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH starring Angeli Bayani, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Semaine de la Critique (Critics’ Week), a film described by Cannes as “a punk, explosive and desperate film, a mix of black humour and spine-chilling observation.”


Director: Joseph Israel Laban
Manila / Drama-mystery / 92 min
Synopsis: After a particularly strong squall, a sleepy fishing village on a tiny island in Southern Tagalog wakes up to an astonishing sight – their sea has turned red. Floating on their waters are thousands of apples. No one knows where they came from. Some suspect this is a bad omen from the baconaua – a creature of myth. Few believe it to be a miracle from heaven, while others fear a more sinister source.