Acclaimed Filipino film “ABOUT US BUT NOT ABOUT US” screened at Frameline Film Festival with an enthusiastic crowd!

By Oliver Carnay

Acclaimed Filipino movie “ABOUT US BUT NOT ABOUT US” was screened at Roxie Theater on Tuesday, June 20 at Frameline Film Festival and was received enthusiastically by the crowd. The film had its World Premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia (winner ‘Critic’s Pick’) and it was the North American Premiere at Frameline.
Writer-diirector of the film, Jun Robles Lana, and producers Ferdinand Lapuz, Perci Intalan, and Creative Producer Elmer L. Gatchalian, attended the screening and stayed for the Q&A after. Before the screening, Neil Torrefiel, the Exec. Dir. of FACINE | Filipino Arts & Cinema, International ( spoke to a full capacity crowd, promoting and thanking the Filipino community who helped made the screening successful. San Francisco Vice Consul Adrian Baccay also attended.
At the Q&A, writer/director Jun Robles Lana was asked how was the feeling, having the film seen outside the Philippines with a mixed crowd in the U.S., Lana responded, “It is like an out of body experience!” Frameline Film Festival Sr. Programmer Peter L. Stein followed up a question with what’s the genesis of the film, Lana continued, “.. the film is about me, but not about me!” He mentioned, the writing started during pandemic when he was depressed and it was in writing a journal that he found an outlet and relief. But his journal turned into a screenplay, and part of it was about the trauma in life he had endured.
The film is about a literature professor Eric (Romnick Sarmenta) who meets up in a restaurant with his student, and rumored lover, Lancelot (Elijah Canlas), months after the suicide of Marcus, a celebrated Filipino writer, best known for his novels in English (and is Eric’s longtime partner). As conversation deepens, more detailed and complicated, secrets and lies are revealed.

The two leads delivered great performances with breathtaking screenplay and spectacular cinematography, brilliantly directed and written by Jun Robles Lana. This is an engrossing film you will remember for a long time so don’t miss it if there’s a chance you can catch online or at a festival near you!