Leonor Reyes was once a major player in the Filipino film industry after creating a string of successful action films, but now her household struggles to pay the bills. When she reads an advertisement looking for screenplays, Leonor begins tinkering with an unfinished script about the quest of young, noble Ronwaldo, forced to avenge his brother’s murder at the hand of thugs. While her imagination provides some escape from reality, she goes all-in after an accident involving a television knocks her out, sends her into a coma, and transports her inside the incomplete movie. Now Leonor can play out her wildest dreams firsthand and discover the perfect ending to her story.
LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE, which had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year, establishes writer-director Martika Ramirez Escobar as an artist with a singular voice and bright future. Blurring the lines of fiction and reality, Escobar’s film, which took her close to a decade to complete, is a postmodern ode to ’70s genre Pinoy cinema with flourishes of magical realism and a lot of heart.