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.
“Wonderfully unclassifiable! Martika Ramirez Escobar’s heartfelt, zany tribute to the magic of movies and the power of love”
A. O. SCOTT, NEW YORK TIMES
“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