North American premiere
Camera Lucida

Ode to Nothing

Directed by Dwein Ruedas Baltazar

Hosted by Producers Kritz Anthony Gazmen and Olivia Lamasan


Official selection

Qcinema International Film Festival 2018, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019


Best film - Best Screenplay - Best Actress - Best Director, Qcinema International Film Festival 2018

Best Cinematography and Best Production Design, The Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards 2019


Dwein Ruedas Baltazar


Dwein Ruedas Baltazar


Dido Dela Paz, Anthony Falcon, Joonee Gamboa, Angelita Loresco, Marietta Subong


Bianca Balbuena, Iana Celest Bernardez, Kriz Gazmen, Marizel Samson-Martinez


Neil Daza

Sound Designer

Immanuel Verona


Richard Gonzales


Dwein Ruedas Baltazar


Epicmedia Productions, Inc.

Philippines 2018 92 mins OV Filipino Subtitles : English
Genre Drama

“Easily one of the year’s standouts…Reminiscent of Lino Brocka but inventive in and of itself”

Sonya (Marietta Subong) — a former maid, now largely ignored by those around her — is a living ghost, struggling to keep her family-owned funeral home afloat. Lonely and thoroughly alienated by an insistent bailiff, she wanders insider her own home, leaning heavily on her favourite Chinese song recorded on a broken cassette tape, hardly coping with the hardship of the passing hours… That is, until an unexpected corpse lands, rather illicitly, at her footstep. Soon, others follow — not many, but enough to stay in business somehow. Sonya, increasingly convinced that the unclaimed body is bringing her good fortune, keeps the elderly woman’s remains for companionship… pulled, with every passing day, into the cadaver’s mystique.

Dwein Ruedas Baltazar’s third feature, following MAMAY UMENG and I LIKE YOU WITH ALL MY HYPOTHALAMUS, is a powerful meditation on loneliness, small-town alienation, and the ineluctability and omnipresence of death — given form, here, as a true cohabitation with one’s own desuetude. One of the strangest, boldest and most captivating films to emerge from the Philippines this year and last (a Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay winner at QCinema, Quezon City’s influential festival of new Filipino cinema), ODE TO NOTHING unfolds in a languid and hypnotic manner, every careful shot oozing with detail and lived-in texture (down to the humidity of the locale). Though not for the faint of heart, as you can practically smell the film’s decaying atmosphere, ODE TO NOTHING prefers gentle probing to outright scares, recalling recent art-horror hybrids such as A GHOST STORY (Camera Lucida 2017) with a dash of necrophilia in lieu of the supernatural, and culminating into an equally beautiful, macabre, melancholy and compassionate interrogation of our universal longing for connection, in increasingly precarious, uncertain and isolating times. – Ariel Esteban Cayer