International Title: The Hut by the Bamboo Grove
Year: 2015
Runtime: 82 minutes
Language: Bikolano with English Subtitle
Genre: Drama, Magic Realism

Michelle lives in her own special world. She has a strange love story with her house by the bamboo grave, with which she developed a language, with things functioning as words only she could understand. Everyone is trying to convince her to abandon the house: her boyfriend trying to look for work in the city or abroad, a nosy neighbor trying to make ends meet by working as a teacher, and even a filmmaker trying to do a documentary on Michelle’s skill as a calado embroiderer, which she clings onto as strongly as she stays in the house. The film tells the intimate story of how Michelle’s house, along with the things around her: a river stone, a June beetle, and a can of sardines, would help her preserve the ecology of joy and peace she nurtures by the bamboo grove. In Michelle’s world everything is interconnected, and even the smallest of things has a story to tell.


Cast & Crew


Produced by Alemberg Ang & Alvin Yapan
Written and Directed by Alvin B. Yapan
Executive Producers Alemberg Ang, Alvin Yapan & Ronald Rebutica
Line Producer Andrea Fe Quizon
Director of Photography Ronald Rebutica
Additional Photography JT Pandy
Production Designer Paolo Rey Mendoza Piaña
Editor Benjamin Tolentino
Sound Corinne de San Jose
Music Jema Pamintuan
Visual Effects Alekz Zapanta, Julius Briones & Albert Brisenio
Colorist Marilen Magsaysay
Calado Embroidery by Marlene Bacunio
Production Manager Oscar Nuñez
First Assistant Director Lotlot Bustamante
Post-production House Quantum Post



- Best Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing — World Premieres Film Festival 2015, Manila, Philippines.



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