November 18

LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE Opens Friday, November 25th in NYC – Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Sundance and TIFF Award Winner – December 2nd Expansion to LA/Chicago and other markets




A Surreal, Genre-Bending, Reality-Twisting, Multi-Award Winning Tribute to Filipino Action Cinema

Written and Directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar
Starring Sheila Francisco, Bong Cabrera, Rocky Salumbides and Anthony Falcon


Amplify Voices Award – 2022 Toronto International Film Festival
Special Jury Prize for Innovative Spirit – 2022 Sundance Film Festival
Special Jury Mention, Narrative Feature – 2022 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival
Best Narrative Award – 2022 CAAMFest 

LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE | Official Theatrical Trailer

Opening November 25th

Metrograph in NYC (Exclusive One-Week NY Theatrical Run)

Opening December 2nd

Laemmle Monica in Santa Monica
Laemmle Glendale in Los Angeles
Alamo Drafthouse DTLA in LA
Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan in NYC
Music Box Theater in Chicago
Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle

Opening December 9th

Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco 


“Disarmingly tender portrait of an artist on the edge of the afterlife.” 

– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“A beautiful, life-affirming celebration of the power of film and art.” 

– Charles Barfield , The Playlist

“A delightful surprise; it’s inventive and original, with flourishes of magical realism.” 

– Shirley Li, The Atlantic

Leonor Reyes was once a groundbreaking figure in the Filipino film industry during its ragtag action cinema glory days, but now she struggles with old age, mounting bills, and the untimely death of her son. While revisiting an unfinished script about a fearless protagonist trying to avenge his brother’s murder, Leonor is struck on the head by a falling television set and knocked into a coma. As she lays unconscious in the hospital, fantasy and reality begin to blur when Leonor finds herself awake inside her script, becoming the hero of her own story. An innovative blend of pulpy action homages, playful comedy, and touching family drama, LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE is a wonderfully imaginative tribute to the art of filmmaking.

About the filmmaker Martika Ramirez Escobar
Martika Ramirez Escobar was born in Manila in 1992. Her love for the bizarre is best reflected through her films and photography. After graduating with honors from the University of the Philippines, her thesis Stone Heart, competed at the 19th Busan International Film Festival and screened around the world. It also won Best Film at Cinemalaya. Her latest work, Quadrilaterals, premiered at the 9th DMZ Docs.

She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talents Tokyo, Asian Film Academy, Southeast Asian Film Lab, Luang Prabang Talent Lab, Fantastic Film School, Mowelfund Film Institute and is a recipient of the Purin Film Fund. She is currently working as a freelance director-cinematographer for various production houses in Manila. 

Year 2022 | Country Philippines | Language Filipino, English | Runtime 101 mins