Official Selection


Drama, LGBT, Social Issues
World Premiere

Kalel, 15

Kalel (15)
Kalel, 15
Director: Jun Robles Jana
Country: Philippines
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:45
Producer: Guido R. Zaballero, Sienna G. Olaso, Vitto P. Lazatin, Jun Robles Lana, Ferdinand Lapuz
Screenwriter: Jun Robles Lana
DoP: Carlo Canlas Mendoza
Editor: Benjamin Tolentino
Music: Teresa Barrozo
Cast: Eddie Garcia, Jaclyn Jose, Elijah Canlas, Elora Espano, Gabby Padilla
Production: Cignal Entertainment, The Ideafirst Company


Kalel is Catholic boy. Except for his mother and sister, no one else knows that his father is a priest. Kalel is recklessly searching for love and recognition from strangers he meets online and one day he is diagnosed with HIV. When his mother runs off with her secret lover, he is left alone with his sister and her junky boyfriend. When they are evicted from their home, Kalel has no other place to go then to see his father, who gives him money for the rent. But Kalel, being 15, is going to spend the money on other things.

Prolific filmmaker Jun Robles Lana is known for not shying away from sensitive topics within Filipino society, where the Catholic Church is still the major moral power. In previous films he focused on the hardships and triumphs of life as gay men and transgenders.

In “Kalel, 15”, using  stylish black and white photography, he zooms in on a poor family of a mother and her two teenage children, living a life full of secrets, in a society that cares so little about them and that is full of hypocrisy, dishonesty and deception. In a country with the fastest spreading AIDS epidemic in the world among Filipino teenagers.

Claudia Landsberger


Jun Robles Jana (b. 1972) graduated of the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Communication Arts.  He is the youngest Filipino to be inducted in the Palanca Literary Awards (Philippines' Pulitzer Prize) Hall of Fame. His first indie film "Bwakaw" won several international awards and was screened at Toronto, New York and Tokyo film festivals and was the Philippines’ Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film in 2012. "Kalel, 15" is his 18th full-length feature film.
Director's filmography: Valik/Selected: Gigil (2006), My Neighbor's Wife (2011), Bwakaw (2012), Mga kuwentong barbero (Barber's Tales, 2013), Haunted Mansion (2015), Die Beautiful (2016), Ang dalawang Mrs. Reyes (2018), Ang babaeng allergic sa wifi (The Girl Allergic to WiFi, 2018), The Panti Sisters (2019), Unforgettable (2019), Kalel, 15 (2019)
  • Jun Robles Jana

    Fri, November 29, 2019


    Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn

    Screening code: 150101
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Ferdinand Lapuz, Rodolfo Robles Lana Jr, Elijah Canlas, Carlo Mendoza
    Screening duration: 02:15
    Language: Tagalog

    Sat, November 30, 2019


    Elektriteater, Tartu

    Screening code: 161803
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:45
    Language: Tagalog

    Sun, December 1, 2019


    Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 5, Tallinn

    Screening code: 171304
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:45
    Language: Tagalog






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