Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising (Moments in a Stolen Dream). 1977. Philippines. Directed by Mike De Leon. Screenplay by De Leon, Rey Santayana. With Christopher de Leon, Hilda Koronel, Laurice Guillen. DCP. Courtesy ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula. In Filipino; English subtitles. 112 min.
“Rey Santayana and I conceptualized a love story with a lot of music that would pay tribute to the romantic musicals of LVN Pictures [the celebrated movie studio founded by Mike De Leon’s grandmother Doña Sisang]. We imagined a dreamlike love story with good-looking actors, set in a romanticized Baguio [‘a magical place created by the American colonizers for themselves and the Filipino elite’] and an even more romanticized Sagada…. It was a bittersweet romance featuring characters from our social class, lush cinematography, a color-coordinated production design, and original Filipino music….Kung Mangarap was later described as a pioneer Filipino rom-com and continues to enjoy a small cult following” (Mike De Leon, Last Look Back).
Si Boyet, Hilda, Atbp. 1977. Philippines. Directed by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. DCP. In Filipino; English subtitles. 23 min.
A documentary on the making of Moments in a Stolen Dream.
Please note, little survives of the film library of LVN studios, and what does survive is generally in poor condition. We nonetheless present these rare films so that New York audiences can experience them for the first time.