Archive of films Ode to Nothing / Oda sa wala

2018, 92 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2019

It seems as if nothing can upset Sonya’s routine. No-one cares about the ageing funeral shop owner anymore, except when she provides discounts on flowers and coffins. One day a body belonging apparently to no-one finds its way to her shop, and Sonya develops a highly unusual relationship with it. An inscrutable, tender and bitterly comic film about the desire for companionship.


Middle-aged Sonya leads an uneventful life. She gets up, goes to work, takes care of her father – who is foundering in his own little world – and then goes to bed. Her mundane existence is no longer disrupted even by mourners who occasionally turn up at the failing funeral shop Sonya is trying to keep afloat, albeit with ever waning enthusiasm. And then something happens to ripple the surface. A body appears on the doorstep one day and there’s no-one to claim it. The dead woman’s solitude reminds Sonya of the loneliness she herself is struggling with, and a friendship emerges which goes beyond unusual. Ode to Nothing is a meticulously composed, inscrutably tender film about the desire for companionship and about myths that don’t deserve to be exposed.

Anna Kořínek

About the director

Dwein Baltazar

Dwein Baltazar. Filmography: Mamay Umeng (2012), Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus (2018), Ode to Nothing (Oda sa wala, 2019)


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10 Matipuno Street, 1112, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel: +63 917 620 8253
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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Dwein Baltazar
Screenplay: Dwein Baltazar
Dir. of Photography: Neil Daza
Music: Richard Gonzales
Editor: Dwein Baltazar
Art Director: Marxie Maolen Fadul
Producer: Carlo Katigbak, Olivia M. Lamasan, Bianca Balbuena, Iana Celest Bernardez, Kriz Gazmen, Marizel Samson-Martinez, Eduardo Lejano Jr., Manet Dayrit
Production: Black Sheep, Epicmedia Productions Inc, Quezon City Film Development Commission
Cast: Marietta Subong, Joonee Gamboa
Contact: Epicmedia Productions, Inc.


Bianca Balbuena


Kriz Anthony Gazmen


Dwein Baltazar

Film Director

Olivia Lamasan


Jo Andrew Torlao

Film Institution Rep.


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