Raya Martin: How to Disappear Completely

Raya Martin: How to Disappear Completely

Award-winning director Raya Martin has been hailed as a provocateur at the vanguard of the Philippine New Wave. This disturbing, lethargic depiction of a horrific coming-of-age story only serves to cement that reputation.

A young girl (Ness Roque) searches for a way to disappear from a suffocating existence, from parents more concerned with drink and religion than their own daughter. Her silence and inertia slowly transform into violence and vengeance, spurred on by an unnatural presence in the surrounding forest.

The dark and lavish soundtrack, by London-based Filipino music producer Eyedress, has also been widely acclaimed; insistent and pervasive beats help to shape the film and enhance the hypnotic atmosphere of claustrophobia and dread that permeates it.


"...a haunting, apocalyptic vision that hypnotises the viewer into a trance state while establishing an almost tangible sense of approaching dread..." - Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound

Director: Raya Martin
Cast: Shamaine Buencamino, Nonie Buencamino, Ness Roque
Language: Filipino, Tagalog w/ English subtitles
Genre: Horror
Country: Philippines
Year: 2013
Runtime: 79 mins

Raya Martin: How to Disappear Completely

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