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Filipino Film “Guardia de Honor” Premieres at Moscow International Film Festival

Guardia de Honor

Filipino director Jay Altarejos brings his latest drama, “Guardia de Honor“, to the esteemed Moscow International Film Festival this month, marking its world premiere. The film is set to participate in the festival’s Out-of-Competition program, where it will showcase its narrative prowess but will not be in contention for awards.

About the film

Guardia de Honor

Inspiration and Plot

Inspired by a tragic real-life incident in Tarlac, Altarejos explores family dynamics. He delves into societal issues, shedding light on their intricate interplay. The film provocatively explores the roots of violence and the intergenerational trauma that perpetuates it, posing the poignant question, “What family breeds a killer?”

Cast and Synopsis

Featuring a stellar cast including Laurice Guillen, Sunshine Cruz, Therese Malvar, and Allen Dizon, the film promises riveting performances. Notable appearances by Ina Feleo and Oliver Aquino add further depth to the storytelling.

Set against the backdrop of a presidential inauguration, the film depicts the harrowing aftermath of a police officer’s violent act. It unravels the hidden truths and buried secrets of a seemingly ordinary family.

Themes Explored

As the investigation unfolds, matriarch Mamang Anita, portrayed by Guillen, grapples with her painful past and confronts the cycle of abuse that has plagued her family for generations. Altarejos navigates themes of abuse, redemption, and the pursuit of justice, offering a thought-provoking reflection on the human condition.

Moscow International Film Festival

Guardia de Honor

The Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) holds a significant place in the global cinematic landscape, tracing its roots back to its inaugural edition in 1935. Initially held biennially from its inception until 1959, MIFF alternated with the Karlovy Vary festival. In 1999, it transitioned to an annual event. Over the years, it has evolved into a prestigious platform that celebrates cinematic excellence from around the world.

However, the festival faced a setback in light of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. This prompted the FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films) to pause its accreditation until further notice. Despite this, the 46th edition of MIFF remains committed to its mission of promoting cultural exchange through cinema.

This year’s festival promises to offer a diverse lineup of films that reflect the rich tapestry of cinematic expression. Among the featured films is “Guardia de Honor”, an anticipated addition to the festival’s program.

As audiences engage with the cinematic offerings at MIFF, they explore universal themes and profound insights. These are presented by filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. Amidst the challenges faced by the festival, MIFF continues to serve as a platform for dialogue, creativity, and cultural exchange in the realm of cinema.


Guardia de Honor

Filipino director Jay Altarejos brings his latest drama, “Guardia de Honor”, to the esteemed Moscow International Film Festival, marking its world premiere. This film promises to provoke thought and stir emotions as it delves into the complexities of family dynamics and societal issues.

Despite the challenges faced by the festival in light of geopolitical events, MIFF remains dedicated to its mission of promoting cultural exchange through cinema. “Guardia de Honor” and other MIFF films offer universal themes and profound insights for audiences. They reinforce the festival’s role as a platform for dialogue, creativity, and cultural exchange in the realm of cinema.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

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📍Cebu, Philippines
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