When Iyay learns that Jesus, her estranged husband, has died, she tells her children that they are going on a trip to attend his funeral—an inter-island road trip smack in the middle of the Philippines, to be exact. Her children—Hubert, who has Down Syndrome; Jude, a lovesick trans man; and the destitute Jay—join her with varying degrees of reluctance for the drive across the country in her extra-mini minivan.
The seemingly solemn journey quickly implodes into a series of hysterical, madcap misadventures. Through one unplanned detour after another, the family comes closer to confronting the past and figuring out how to simply enjoy the ride toward an uncertain future.
Director Victor Villanueva captures a lovingly unique microcosm of familial discord, loyalty and affection, all packed tightly into that extra-mini minivan.
Jaclyn Jose, Chai Fonacier, Vincent Viado, Melde Montañez, Mailes Angeli Kanapi
Victor Villanueva is a Cebuano filmmaker who graduated with a degree in Advertising from the University of San Carlos. His short films have won for him several awards and a loyal following who anticipate his every project for their wit, charm, and distinctly off- beat humor. He is currently based in Manila doing freelance directing for commercials, digital ads, and film. Jesus is Dead is his second feature film.
Audience Choice Award, QCinema International Film Festival 2016
QCinema International Film Festival 2016