Martika Ramirez Escobar’s surreal, award-winning first feature transports a retired screenwriter of Filipino action films into the story of one of her own unfinished scripts.

Recipient of a Sundance Special Jury Prize in recognition of Innovative Spirit, Leonor Will Never Die is all at once a gleefully offbeat comic tribute to the Filipino action movies of yesteryear, a charming portrait of a compulsive artist, and a wondrous reminder of the ever-elastic and immortalizing possibilities of cinema.

- Peter Kuplowsky, TIFF 


“Wonderfully unclassifiable! Martika Ramirez Escobar’s heartfelt, zany tribute to the magic of movies and the power of love


“Life inspires fiction when a comatose director steps into her own action screenplay in Martika Ramirez Escobar's playful debut feature.” VARIETY

”The 13 Best Films From This Year’s Sundance Film Festival: It’s gleefully meta and so much fun, from a fresh new voice who we can thank for the first action-star lola (grandmother)” VOGUE

”Packed with self-reflexive humor and a deep reverence for the art of filmmaking, “Leonor Will Never Die” establishes writer/director Martika Ramirez Escobar as an artist with a singular voice and bright future in halls of weird cinema.” ROGER EBERT

"A beautiful, life-affirming celebration of the power of film and art to heal.” THE PLAYLIST