August approaches fast with one key event for us cinephiles: the Cinemalaya Film Festival. For Sharonians (that includes this writer, way more than he will admit), the festival rolls in with an even more momentous event: Sharon Cuneta’s first foray into independent cinema.

Ate Shawie’s new film, the Mes De Guzman-directed Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha, pivots around a woman as she grieves the loss of her husband and children. There’s a whole mythology behind this, rooted in the town where the film is set; but let’s worry about that later. In the meantime, here’s the freshly released, now-viral teaser-trailer:

Based on the trailer, it appears that the film isn’t completely bleak. However, Diablo, the 2012 film from De Guzman, had legitimately humorous moments too. I wouldn’t be so sure.

Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha premieres alongside other competing entries at the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2017, which runs from August 3rd thru 14th.

Learn more about the film here. Check out Cinemalaya’s Facebook page.

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