Published Updated. In the landscape of Philippine cinema, Manila is always a place where danger or misfortune stalks its inhabitants. Its depiction in movies is that of a city that triumphs and tramples over the characters that are always at the border of defeat, barely thriving but at the same time striving to eke out a living. Fortunately or unfortunately, the same premise holds true in Astig, a full-length feature film directed by GB Sampedro. The movie shares with us the stories of four young men: Ariel, Boy, Ronald, and Baste.
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Astig is also the first attempt of Boy Abunda and Boy So at movie production. Astig is an episodic tale of four young men trying to survive the sexual squalor, seductive filth and emotional perversity of Manila. Other screenings in various CCP venues are on July 19, 21, 22, 24 and With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country.
The opening credits of Astig already give moviegoers an idea that they are in for a wild ride. Utilizing his years of experience as a music video director, GB Sampedro heightens the excitement of viewers by showing a montage of photos in the Manila area as the catchy song "Astig" plays in the background. Astig international title: Squalor focuses on four men all deemed worthy of being called astig.