Uncut version of “Lockdown” will be streaming worldwide on July 23, 2021 via ktx.ph, upstream.ph, RAD (iamrad.app), and WeTV and limited streamings up to July 25th before it goes to the festival circuit
By Oliver Carnay
“LOCKDOWN,” written by Troy Espiritu and directed by film master Joel Lamangan earns praises and raves from cinema aficionados and critics after it was shown in a special screening held at Sine Pop (Cubao) recently.
“It tells the sad but true plight of our poor kababayans who are the hardest hit in this lockdown and have no choice but to make ‘kapit sa patalim’”, says seasoned film critic Mario Bautista.
Another respected film critic, Pablo Tariman opines: “The latest Lamangan film is by turns poignantly moving and shocking. It is a standout film in this time of pandemic. It is by turns depressing and shocking, but it is the truth. Whether we like it or not, the film is about lowlifes during the era of COVID-19.”
“The theme of the film is about a person’s choice in times of desperation, which was heightened because of the pandemic situation,” declares Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chair Liza Diño-Seguerra.
In “Lockdown,” we meet Paolo Gumabao giving life to his character, Danny Asuncion. He is an overseas Filipino worker who went back home during the height of the worldwide pandemic. Faced with domestic problems and the survival of his most loved family, Danny reluctantly entered the world of cybersex performing.
Just announced during the LOCKDOWN media conference an hour ago as of this writing, that Joel Lamangan’s latest daring feature will be competing at the Barcelona International Film Festival this coming November.
The film, produced by For The Love of Art Film and is executive produced by Jojo Barron. Among other cast members are Alan Paul Jake Paule, Max Eigenmann, Ruby Ruiz, Jess Evardone, Alan Paule, Angelie Sanoy, Jeff Carpio, Jim Pebanco, Neil Suarez, Kristian Allene, Dincent Lujero, Mauro Salas, Alexis Yasuda, and Sean de Guzman.