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The Woman in the Septic Tank, an independent movie from The Philippines, where it’s already a critical and commercial success, is discussed with the film’s director, Marlon Rivera, also a fashion designer and advertising executive; hosted by Joseph Planta.


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.

The movie is called The Woman in the Septic Tank. It’s a movie from The Philippines, and the country’s official entry for the Academy Awards. It’s recently played here at the Vancouver International Film Festival. My guest now is the director of the film, Marlon Rivera. The movie is a witty, biting film about making movies, as well as a view onto the Philippines. Three film school graduates want to make an Oscar-worthy movie, set in a dumpsite chronicling the life of a single mother. They set out to craft the film, court its star Eugene Domingo, and find the right looking slum. The movie is dramatic, and it’s comedic; there’s also a musical sequence. Miss Domingo is one of the country’s leading film and television stars. She appears on all the major television networks, and works in major studio pictures as well as independent films. Marlon Rivera has won awards for this movie, his second. He is also a fashion designer and the president of a Manila advertising firm. It’s already the highest grossing independent film in the history of Philippine cinema. We’ll talk to Mr. Rivera about the movie, making it, and the Philippines portrayed therein. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Marlon Rivera; Good morning, Mr. Rivera.

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