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Leonor Will Never Die

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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

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)

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