Staff Pick: Ruined Heart

  • A man and woman sitting in the cab of a truck or bus.
  • A man with cigarette in his mouth and arm in a sling in a room with 5 others
  • A woman standing alongside a horse mask in front of a mural of kids playing
  • A woman in a strapless black dress standing in front of a bright light, exuding elegance and poise.
  • multiple images of the face of the same man vibrant red background.
  • A woman adorned with a gold headdress dances alongside others.

Get this; Mabie’s staff pick is subtitled: “Another Love Story Between a Criminal & a Whore”!

“This Filipino gutter noir is a kaleidoscopic epic of truly intimate proportions…a borderline hypnotic/hysteric exploration of love, lust, sex, and death amid the filthy back alleyways of Manila’s slums. You’re going to want a long, hot shower and some sturdy pumice to scrub off the grit that accumulates on your psyche after being drenched in the hallucinogenic camerawork of Christopher Doyle & Stereo Total’s haunting electronic score. ” – Austin Chronicle 

In Manila, a mafia boss (Vim Nadera) rules with an iron hand. He gives his most trusted but stubborn henchman (Tadanobu Asano) the task of protecting his wife (Nathalia Acevedo). And it happens as it has to happen: the two fall in love with each other and run away. But such a colorfully violent escape between two lovers from a foaming mob is unparalleled in film history. RUINED HEART – ANOTHER LOVESTORY BETWEEN A CRIMINAL AND A WHORE is an unbridled cocktail and an intoxicating punk noir opera, for which a global team came together: underground filmmaker Khavn De La Cruz received support from camera star Christopher Doyle and the Music by Erlin electropop duo Stereo Total, Australian singer-songwriter Scott Matthew and the Filipino Mabuhay Singers. The main roles include the Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano (THOR, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE) and the Mexican Nathalia Acevedo (POST TENEBRAS LUX).

1h 14m
Philippines, Germany
English and Tagalog with English Subtitles
First Showing
December 19, 2023
  • Assisted Listening