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Wrong place, wrong time. This is the fundamental itinerary of any noir. The throwing in of disparate lives into a chaos of circumstance. A freelance videographer, a rookie police office, an undercover PDEA agent, and a crime in progress. Only tonight, a comet flies over Manila and the cosmic disturbances turns everything on its head for one night. Everything that could go wrong suddenly foes right.
“Ask any Filipino these days and they'll tell you that utopia, a perfect world, simply means a world where justice exists.” Dustin Celestino breaks down the title of his debut feature and essentially breaks down its core. “The unjust suffer and the just are unscathed. The police don't plant drugs on suspects, and follow due-process. Criminals kill each other without collateral damage. A world unlike ours. I hope the film forces people to contemplate our collective destiny as a nation.”
Anything that can go wrong will go wrong unless a comet passes through the sky. Kaya mo?
Enzo Pineda, Vin Abrenica, Aaron Villaflor star in Utopia which premieres on November 9, 10 PM at Gateway.