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Leonor Will Never Die

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Overview

Leonor Reyes was once a groundbreaking figure in the Filipino film industry during its ragtag action cinema glory days, but now she struggles with old age, mounting bills, and the untimely death of her son. While revisiting an unfinished script about a fearless protagonist trying to avenge his brother’s murder, Leonor is struck on the head by a falling television set and knocked into a coma. As she lays unconscious in the hospital, fantasy and reality begin to blur when Leonor finds herself awake inside her script, becoming the hero of her own story. An innovative blend of pulpy action homages, playful comedy, and touching family drama, Leonor Will Never Die is a wonderfully imaginative tribute to the art of filmmaking.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“Wonderfully unclassifiable! Martika Ramirez Escobar’s heartfelt, zany tribute to the magic of movies and the power of love”

A. O. Scott

New York Times

“A beautiful, life-affirming celebration”

Charles Barfield

The Playlist

"It’s clear you’re in for a good time with Martika Ramirez Escobar’s breezy fantasy”

Marya E. Gates

RogerEbert.com

Special Jury Prize for Innovative Spirit

Sundance 2022

Amplify Voices Award

TIFF 2022

Special Jury Mention - Narrative Feature

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2022

Best Narrative Award

Center for Asian American Media (CAAMFEST 2022)

Centerpiece Feature

San Diego Filipino Film Festival (SDFF 2022)

Official Selection

Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF 2022)

Official Selection

Bali Film Festival (2022)

Official Selection

Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF 2022)

Official Selection

Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF 2022)

Official Selection

Five Flavors Asian Film Festival (2022)

Official Selection

Singapore Film Festival (2022)

Cast & Crew
  • Leonor : Sheila Francisco
  • Rudy : Bong Cabrera
  • Ronwaldo : Rocky Salumbides
  • Dead Ronwaldo : Anthony Falcon
  • Isabella : Rea Molina
  • Valentin : Alan Bautista
  • Dr. Valdez : Tami Monsod
  • Mayor : Dido Dela Paz
  • Junior : John Paulo Rodriguez
  • Written and Directed By : Martika Ramirez Escobar
  • Producers : Monster Jiminez & Mario Cornejo
  • Executive Producers : Aurora Oreta, Martika Ramirez Escobar & Quark Henares
  • Associate Director : Mikee De La Cruz
  • Line Producer : Rajiv Idnani
  • Director of Photography : Carlos Mauricio
  • Production Designer : Eero Yves S. Francisco
  • Editor : Lawrence S. Ang
  • Sound : Corinne de San Jose
  • Music : Alyana Cabral & Pan de Coco
  • Colorist : Timmy Torres
  • VFX Artist : Tricia Bernasor
Technical Info
  • Release Date : TBA 2022
  • Year : 2022
  • Country : Philippines
  • Language : Filipino
  • Running Time : 99 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
  • Projection Format : DCP
  • Rating : Not Rated
  • Genre : Fantasy/Action/Comedy
Theatrical Engagements
Theater Name
City
State
Date
New York
NY
11/25/2022
Yonkers
NY
11/29/2022
Katy
TX
11/29/2022
El Paso
TX
11/29/2022
Lubbock
TX
11/29/2022
New York
NY
12/02/2022
New York
NY
12/02/2022
Santa Monica
California
12/02/2022
Los Angeles
CA
12/02/2022
Glendale
California
12/02/2022
Chicago
Illinois
12/02/2022
Seattle
WA
12/02/2022
Coral Gables
FL
12/02/2022
Westminster
CO
12/02/2022
Austin
TX
12/02/2022
Irving
TX
12/04/2022
San Francisco
CA
12/09/2022
Raleigh
NC
12/09/2022
San Antonio
TX
12/09/2022
Oklahoma City
OK
12/09/2022
Providence
RI
12/09/2022
Spokane
WA
12/09/2022
Nashville
TN
12/14/2022
Columbus
OH
12/16/2022
Albuquerque
NM
12/16/2022
Ithaca
NY
12/16/2022
Eugene
OR
12/16/2022
Winston-Salem
NC
12/23/2022
Portland
ME
12/30/2022
Buckhannon
WV
12/30/2022
Austin
TX
01/04/2023
Portland
OR
01/07/2023
Cleveland
OH
01/12/2023
Bloomington
IN
02/03/2023
Houston
TX
03/04/2023