Metamorphosis (UK Premiere)

Jose Enrique Tiglao
2019
Philippines
98 min

BFI Southbank

29 May

Sunday

6:00pm

Raised as a boy, fifteen-year-old Adam harbours a secret: he has both male and female genitalia, and experiencing menstruation for the first time, his whole life is thrown into turmoil. As Adam discusses the possibility of gender reassignment surgery with doctors, tensions build between the teenager and his devout Christian parents, and he forms a surprising bond with Angel, an older transfer student at his high school who harbours a secret of her own. Soon, Adam’s struggle for acceptance morphs into a journey of self-awakening, as he navigates the physical and spiritual limits of gender identity. Powered by a phenomenal performance from Gold Azeron, Filipino filmmaker J.E. Tiglao’s debut feature is a fearless coming of age drama that showcases the exciting possibilities of intersex storytelling.
This screening is followed by an online Q&A with the director J.E. Tiglao; led by Valentino Vecchietti, founder of Intersex Equality Rights UK and columnist.

Jose Enrique Tiglao

J.E. Tiglao is a Filipino filmmaker who began making short films in 2013 and has participated in more than twenty international film festivals. In 2019, he made his debut feature Metamorphosis, the first Filipino film about an intersex character. The film won most of the awards at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival and achieved six nominations at the Gawad Urian, the Philippines’ Oscars.