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Kubrador (The Bet Collector)

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Uploaded on Aug 6, 2006

FIPRESCI Award (International Critics Prize)
2006 Moscow International Film Festival

FIPRESCI Award (International Critics Prize)
Best Asian Film
Best Actress (Gina Parreño)
Osian Cinefan's 8th Festival of Asian Cinema


Synopsis:
THE BET COLLECTOR revolves around 'jueteng', the game of numbers dating back to the country`s Spanish colonial period (1521-1898). It chronicles three days in the life of Amelita, a jueteng kubrador (bet collector). Despite the regular crackdown on this illegal game, she continues to collect bets from her regular patrons every day. On the third day, a holiday, she takes a break from work and visits the grave of her soldier son who perished in war.... It is All Saint's Day.
One day she is apprehended by the police. She joins the other kubradors in the police station until their kabo (handler) bails them out. The following morning, Amy returns to the streets and continues her clandestine activity. She meets the parish priest who informs her of a young neighbour's sudden death in an accident. He asks her to collect abuloy (donations) from neighbours and friends.
But then, a series of events turns her mundane existence into a perplexing game of life, luck and death.


Screenplay: Joel Jover
Cinematography: Roberto Yniguez
Editing: Jay Halili
Principal Cast: Gina Pareno, Soliman Cruz, Nanding Josef, Johnny Manahan, Jhong Del Rosario, Nico Antonio, Fonz Deza
Production: Joji Alonso / MLR Films
Music: Jerrold Tarog

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