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THE BET COLLECTOR (Kubrador)

Director: Jeffrey Jeturian
Philippines   |   2006   |   98 minutes
Tagalog, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

ON DVD: Spring/Winter 2013


Synopsis Amy, the family matriarch, makes ends meet by running a small convenience store out of her home. But in a struggling economy customers are scarce, and without the help of her husband or pregnant daughter, she is forced to supplement the family income by collecting bets for an illegal numbers game. In this starkly realistic narrative, director Jeffrey Jeturian presents a captivating portrait of a once-proud woman, haunted by memories of a dead son and hounded by the police, and her fragile and lonely life as a kubrador (bet collector) on the streets of Manila.

About the Director Jeffrey Jeturian was born in Manila, Philippines in 1959. He studied Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines. After college, he held various positions within the film industry for fifteen years before making his first feature film, Enter Love (1998). His second feature film, Fetch A Pail Of Water (1999), about slum dwellers and their struggle for survival, won the NETPAC Jury Award at the 1st CineManila International Film Festival (Philippines) and a Gold Award at the 2000 Worldfest International Film Festival (USA). His third feature film, Larger Than Life (2000), a satirical take on the state of filmmaking in the Philippines, was an official selection for competition in the Cinema Of the Present program of the 2001 Venice International Film Festival (Italy) and won a Gold Award at the 2002 Worldfest International Film Festival (USA). Jeturian's other previous feature films include Bridal Shower (2004), One Moment More (2004), and Bikini Open (2005). The Bet Collector is his seventh feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2008 film series.



CAST

Amy - Gina Pareño
Eli - Fonz Deza
Chief of Police - Soliman Cruz
Parish Priest - Nanding Josef
Jueteng Cashier - Johnny Manahan
Eric - Jhong Del Rosario
Baste - Nico Antonio

CREW

Director - Jeffrey Jeturian
Writer - Ralston Jover
Executive Producers - Josabeth Alonso, Rogelio Rayala
Cinematographer - Roberto Yniguez
Editor - Jay Halili
Sound - Ditoy Aguila, Nolet Clemente
Music - Jerrold Tarog
REVIEWS

“Inevitably, this film outshines all the others for its mere as well as rare simplicity. As juries we do get to see various works of craftsmanship but hardly come across such a film which touches the core of everyone's heart in spite of our own cultural limitations.” -FIPRESCI

“…Jeturian's powerful film both reflects and boosts a sudden creative resurgence in Filipino film culture.” -Tony Rayns, The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival

“'The Bet Collector' has urgency, freshness and hidden depths; to paraphrase the poet Walt Whitman, it may not be a large film, but it contains multitudes within its rough-edged simplicity.” -FIPRESCI

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2007
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BRUGES CINEMA NOVO FESTIVAL
CALGARY PAN ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VILNIUM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GUADALAJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TROMSØ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ERA NEW HORIZONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BARCELONA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
GÖTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL
FRIBOURG FILM FESTIVAL
BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2006
Best Film; FIPRESCI prize; Best Director; Best Actress, OSIAN'S CINEFAN FESTIVAL OF ASIAN AND ARAB CINEMA
FIPRESCI prize, MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SÃO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
AMIENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
THIRD EYE ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
ASIATICAFILMMEDIALE - ENCOUTERS WITH ASIAN CINEMA
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CINEMANILA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BRATISLAVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ANTALYA EURASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TIMES BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
LOUIS VUITTON HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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