Program 16: Chedeng and Apple
Directed by Rae Red and Fatrick Tabada
Chedeng (Gloria Diaz) has spent her life being a good woman: a good wife, a good mother, everything that was expected of her. But in the wake of her husband’s death, she decides it’s time to do something just for her: come out of the closet and go in search of the ex-girlfriend she hurt decades ago. It’s a big deal, to be sure, but just as she’s ready to head out, she gets a panicked phone call from her best friend Apple (Elizabeth Oropesa).
It’s only their years of friendship that make Chedeng put her plans on temporary hold because Apple’s problem is a big one. It seems, in a fit of rage, she “accidentally” decapitated her abusive live-in boyfriend and has no idea what to do now. So Chedeng and Apple decide together that the best course of action is, of course, to run.
With the boyfriend’s head in a snazzy Louis Vuitton bag, the BFFs set off on a cross-country adventure in search of Chedeng’s long-lost girlfriend while they simultaneously evade law enforcement.
Reuniting on screen 44 years after 1974’s sexy flick The Most Beautiful Animal in the World (Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa) raised temperatures in Philippine cinemas, former Miss Universe winner Diaz and former Miss Republic of the Philippines runner-up Oropesa received rave reviews for their humorous turns as the titular sexagenarians on the lam in this wacky, Filipino Thelma and Louise. Chedeng and Apple will make you laugh, cry, and simply revel in the joys of true friendship.
— Georgia Beers
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- JURY AWARD, BEST FIRST FEATURE – Young Critics Circle (Philippines)
- JURY AWARD, SPECIAL MENTION – Cinema One Originals Festival (Manila)
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Frameline San Francisco Int’l LGBTQ Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Seattle Int’l Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Far East Film Festival (Udine, Italy)