Hollywood Reporter Reviews "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank", Philippine contender for Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film

Philippine director Marlon Rivera exploits cliches to lambast of the pretensions of independent cinema in his country and his fellow filmmakers’ inflated egos.

BUSAN, South Korea — A mockumentary about filmmaking and a gritty-realist tragedy of child prostitution in a Manila slum are arguably two of the most je jeune offerings in a festival lineup. Philippine director Marlon Rivera exploits both these cliches to make The Woman in a Septic Tank – a lambast of the pretensions of independent cinema in his country and his fellow filmmakers’ inflated egos. With screenwriter-producer Chris Martinez (100Here Comes the Bride) contributing juicy lines and a structured framework that’s the antithesis of the rambling, “real-time” works being sent-up, witty, bitchy and cine-literate Woman is among the most outstanding directorial debuts in Philippine cinema this year.

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