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Shedding of Heaven

An innocent, optimistic girl who strongly believes she is a fallen angel finding her way back to heaven plummets down to a hell of drugs, violence and complicated love which she tries to escape from.

  • Rhyan Gabriel De Guzman
  • Rhyan De Guzman
  • Rhyan De Guzman
  • Rosemarie Requinta
    Key Cast
    "Rachel Ybañez"
  • Zellina Ludovico
    Key Cast
    "Abby Villaluz"
  • Arman Subito
    Key Cast
    "Brandon Ybañez"
  • Jhazlene Olea
    Key Cast
    "Camille Ybañez"
  • Rhyan De Guzman
    Director of Photography
  • Kate Hubilla
    Production Designer
  • Marc Villanueva
    Music Composer
  • Rhyan De Guzman
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Paglalagas ng Langit
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Dark, Drama, Thriller, Crime, Independent, Poverty, Substance Abuse, Child Abuse, Mental Health
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • CineAMA Film Festival
    Biñan, Laguna
    Best Picture, Director of the Year, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, Best Art Direction, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress
  • Realtime International Film Festival
    Official Selection
Director - Rhyan Gabriel De Guzman
Director Statement

Paglalagas ng Langit (Shedding of Heaven) has entirely a bigger meaning than how it looks. The cinematography, the props, the dialogues, the emotions, the acting—all of the details have significance to the way it was delivered in the picture. The Philippines suffer so much in poverty and a lot of us don’t even recognize the darkness of living as a poor Filipino. The psychological distress, substance abuse, child abuse, and poverty itself—I wanted to tackle all of these in a single short film.

Some may feel weird and anxious watching it, but it is what we aimed to do. A lot of the scenes are exaggerated & dark and this is the method we wanted to use in order to let the audience feel the growing pain and the dying sanity of the characters. Everything has its own respective meanings—pretty serious and big ones.

I really hope that you’ll lend 24 minutes of your time to watch the film we’ve really worked hard on… Wait, no. I don’t want you to watch the film. I want you to understand the film and every meaning behind every well-thought-of scene. I want you to feel every feeling of the characters and every crack they’ve had in their lives. I want you to let yourself be consumed by the darkness for 24 minutes, and think about how dark the Philippines might’ve really become. Come out of yourself for 24 minutes… and become one of them.