Bomba (Ralston G. Jover) Philippines. Official Section

Ralston Gonzales Jover
Philippines. 2017.  105 min

Pipo makes ends meet by taking on the toughest jobs. Life is more difficult because he’s deaf. He supports himself and his teenage lover Cyril. His irate boss is getting difficult and Ben, his childhood friend wants his daughter Cyril back. Like a bomb, Pipo’s ticking to explode, anytime soon.


Ralston G. Jover hails from Manila, where he attended Creative Writing and Film Studies at the Mowelfund Film Institute.

His first big break came in 2006 when he wrote Kubrador (The Bet Collector), tackling the gambling menace called jueteng in the Philippines.

Then he went on to write Manoro (The Teacher), about an indigenous girl who teaches a literacy program to her tribe members in preparation for the coming national elections and, in 2007, Foster Child, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight.

In 2009, Ralston directed his first full-length film entitled Bakal Boys (Children Metal Divers), about the social condition of poor children diving for scrap metals in Manila Bay. It went on festival tour, mostly in Europe, and won Best Film prizes in Vancouver, Turin, Barcelona and Lyon. It also gained Best Screenplay awards in Thessaloniki, Greece and the Skip-City D-Cinema Film Festivals in Japan.


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