How to Die Young in Manila
Director: Petersen Vargas
2020 | Philippines | 12m | Filipino
A teenage boy follows a group of young hustlers, thinking one of them may be the anonymous hook-up he has arranged to meet for the night.
Starring: Elijah Canlas, Kokoy de Santos, Miguel Almendras, Shu Calleja, Kych Minemoto
Playing in shorts program: Surrealness
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Petersen Vargas is an alumnus of the University of the Philippines Film Institute and Asian Film Academy. His films tackle Filipino youth through a queer and regional lens. His short Geography Lessons (2014) won Best Direction at Cinemalaya. His feature debut 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (2016) won the Audience Award at Torino LGBTQI Film Festival. He is developing his second feature, Some Nights I Feel Like Walking. He lives in Quezon City with his cat, Wong Kat Wai.