Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Philippines, 2005, 113 minutes
Tagalog with English subtitles
Director Auraeus Solito departs from the Filipino urban jungle of his lauded debut “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros” and explores life in the wilder jungle of “Tuli,” in which a strong-willed daughter upsets every arrangement her alcoholic father (Bembol Roco) tries to impose on her. With dad being the village’s official circumciser, and daughter Daisy (Desiree del Valle) expected to follow in his footsteps, the film sets up a heady brew of daring sexuality and ancient rituals. As the years pass, Daisy is of marrying age, and though the circumcised lads romantically serenade her outside her window, Daisy’s heart is for girlfriend Botchok (Vanna Garcia). “Tuli” won “Best Film” at the Philippines indie fest Cinemalaya, only to be banned in its home country. The film went on to screen at Sundance and in Berlin (where it won the NETPAC prize for best Asian film).
-Robert Koehler, Variety
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