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Gasping for Air (2016) 15

Philippines | 2016 | 104 min.

Luis is a teenage boy on the idyllic fishing island of Silag. He goes through the regular trials of adolescence with his childhood sweetheart, Maricar, while his younger sister, Lulu busies herself by joining amateur singing contests in hopes of becoming a star. One day, a talent manager discovers her singing and offers her to undergo vocal coaching in Manila, and later to join a popular TV singing contest. Lulu eagerly takes the opportunity and leaves for the city, thinking her dreams are finally coming true. However, after a few months, Lulu’s family loses communication with her. This drives Luis to go to Manila in search for his sister.

Duration104 min
SubtitleEnglish, Czech
Directed by Carlo Obispo
Screenplay Carlo Obispo
Director of Photography Carlo Mendoza
Music Pepe Manikan
Edited by Thop Nazareno
Contact Carlo Obispo


A Filipino screenwriter, director and producer, he graduated in philosophy and communication studies at Saint Louis University, as well as in video production at the Philippine Film Institute. He made the successful short films Esbat (2008) and 123 (2011). He made his feature debut with the dramatic comedy Zone 7 (Purok 7, 2013).

Drama, Exotic, Family, Human Rights, Poverty, Controversial, Growing Up