Notes From Unknown Maladies

  • Philippines
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A minimalist observational portrait of 94-year-old Concepcion presents the life of a person suffering with mental illness for fifty years. After a nervous breakdown, the filmmaker’s grandmother decided to isolate from the rest of the world and deal with the disease itself. In her solitude she is haunted with random memories, hallucinations, and gradually begins to face loss of memory and intellect. A black-and-white film steeped in a melancholic mood sensitively captures the themes of old age, disease and human loneliness. The slow pace and limited dialogue helps the viewer to transcend the world of a suffering single woman in a discreet and highly suggestive manner. (IDFF Ji.hlava)


  • Original title
    Notes From Unknown Maladies
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Liryc Dela Cruz
  • Editing
    Liryc Dela Cruz
  • Duration
    62 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Philippines
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Festivals
    • IDFF Ji.hlava, Czech republic
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