Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare) is a 1977 independent film directed by Kidlat Tahimik, the chosen nom de plume of independent underground filmmaker and National Artist for Film, Eric de Guia. This movie was his first work and it won him an award at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival, and has since been selected for several festivals worldwide.
The story centers on a young man from a small town who dreams of becoming part of something greater. The narrative is told from the main character's point of view and has a touch of comedy and drama.
Tahimik portrays a jeepney driver serving as president of the Wernher von Braun Fan Club. He listens non-stop to the Voice of America radio show while dreaming of watching a launch at Cape Kennedy. Suddenly, he finds an opportunity to fulfill those dreams. An American offers him a job in France, then Germany and eventually in America. Sadly, the young driver discovers that there is no promised land. His utopian fantasy become a "perfumed nightmare."
Release and Technical Details
Released in 1977, the film was produced by Zoetrope Studios. It has received favorable reviews from critics for its humor and artistry, as well as its deft look at Philippine culture and its people's ties to America.
Tahimik's original 93-minute work was shot on 16mm film and had a budget of $10,000. It relies heavily on its English soundtrack to deliver its unique wit.
- Georgette Baudry as Lola
- Mang Fely as Kaya
- Harmut Lerch as Big Boss
- Katrin Muller as Mutter (as Katarina)
- Dolores Santamaria as Nanay
- Kidlat Tahimik as Kidlat
- Director/Writer/Producer: Kidlat Tahimik
- Cinematogaraphy: Harmut Lerch and Kidlat Tahimik
- Film Editing: Kidlat Tahimik
- Production Assistant: Patricia De Guia
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