Asian Cinema Competition

Leonor Will Never Die

Director : Martika Ramirez Escobar
Country : Philippines
Language : filipino
Duration : 99 minutes
Year: 2022
Asian Cinema Competition


Leonor Reyes (Sheila Francisco) was once a major player in the Filipino film industry after creating a string of successful action films, but now her household, consisting of Leonor and her son Rudie, struggles to pay the bills. When she reads an advertisement looking for screenplays, Leonor begins tinkering with an unfinished script about the quest of young, noble Ronwaldo (Rocky Salumbides), forced to avenge his brother’s murder at the hand of thugs. While her imagination provides some escape from reality, an accident involving a television knocks her out and sends her into a coma. This transports Leonor inside the incomplete movie where she can play out her wildest dreams firsthand and discover the perfect ending to her story. Meanwhile, Rudie seeks to discover where his mother went.

Martika Ramirez Escobar


Martika Ramirez Escobar is known for Pusong bato (2014), Leonor Will Never Die (2022) and Living Things (2020). After she graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines, her thesis film competed at the 19th Busan International Film Festival. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents Tokyo, Asian Film Academy, and is a recipient of the Purin Pictures Film Fund.


– Shiela Franciso
– Bong Cabrera
– Rocky Salumbides


– Director: Martika Ramirez Escobar
– Producer: Monster Jimenez &Mario Cornejo
– Editor: Lawrence S. Ang
– Writer: Martika Ramirez Escobar
– DOP: Carlos Mauricio
– Sound: Corinne de San Jose
– Music: Alyana Cabral, Pan De Coco

Awards and Nominations

Nominee – Bangkok World Film Festival
Best Film
Winner – Silver Hanoman Award
Asian Feature Competition
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
Best Film