DAYBREAK happens entirely in one place: a rest
house in Taal, Batangas and only with two characters. In a single narrative time,
intending by way of voyeurism, we discover what happens to two men spending one
night contemplating whether to break up or continue their relationship. William
and JP allow us to know their biggest lies and the biggest truths
loving each other, clinging to each other, betraying each other trying the
fragility of their feelings in only one night.
Memories and dreams, truths and lies, fears and desires, betrayal and honesty,
love and hate are all closely entwined in this night.
Behind the veil of words, they are drawn to each other but will the light of the
sunrise bring this intimacy to an end?
Daybreak (Filipino: Bukang-liwayway, English:
dawn, twilight) is a 2008 Philippine gay indie film written by Charliebebs
Gohetia and directed by the Manila-based Filipino director Adolfo Borinaga Alix,
Jr. who also directed other indie films such as Donsol, Kadin and Batanes. The
movie features only two characters namely, Paolo Rivero (as William) and Coco
Martin (as JP) who are both Filipino actors. The film is completely homosexual
in terms of theme but was rated R-18 uncut, regardless of its nudity features by
the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) in the
Philippines as most of the members of the board were impressed by the
cinematography and intelligence of the film. Daybreak had its exclusive
screenings on February 13 and 14, 2008 at the University of the Philippines Cine
Adarna (formerly UP Film Institute). The movie was officially released and aired
in major Philippine cinemas from February 20 to March 11, 2008. Daybreak is
produced by Bicycle Productions.
Daybreak is a story about the dynamics of two men
over the course of a day deciding whether to leave their partners and be
together. Starring Coco Martin and Paolo Rivero and directed by the talented
Adolf Alix Jr., Daybreak (from Bicycle Pictures) is a movie that many of us, gay
men and straight-folk alike, will surely learn a lot from.
Sometimes doing the right thing is wrong.
A beautiful and poignant love story from acclaimed director Adolfo Alix Jr and
starring festival favorite Coco Martin (The Masseur). Daybreak happens entirely
in one place: a gorgeous modern house in the Filipino countryside and with only
two characters. William and JP spend one night contemplating whether to break up
or continue their relationship. The men allow us to know their biggest lies and
the biggest truths... two people loving each other, clinging to each other,
betraying each other- behind the veil of words - they are drawn to each other,
but will the dawn of a new day bring this intimacy to an end?