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The Gospel of the Beast

The Gospel of the Beast

The Gospel of the Beast

Dir. Sheron Dayoc
85 min

North American Premiere

Mateo is a Filipino teenager failing high school. With his father missing, he relies on the paternal protection of his Uncle Berto, a local gang leader. When Mateo runs out of options and needs to leave town, he finally turns to his Uncle, accepting a seemingly inevitable life of violence.

The Philippines are no place for a sensitive teenager. Mateo works in a slaughterhouse and tries to keep up in school, to no avail. When his father goes missing, he is devastated emotionally, but he’s also a little lost in navigating life by himself. Mateo turns to his uncle, who welcomes the young man into the fold, where he’ll school the boy on the finer points of drug dealing, extortion, robbery and, eventually murder.

Content advisory: violence

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 85 min
Country/Region: Philippines
Language: Filipino (Hiligaynon)
Print Source: Diversion
Tags: Asian Frontiers, Coming-of-Age, Crime, Drama


Director: Sheron Dayoc
Executive Producer: Bridget Ting, Kelvin Ting, Sheron Dayoc
Producer: Sheron Dayoc, Sonny Calvento, Arden Rod Condez
Cinematographer: Rommel Andreo Sales
Screenwriter: Sheron Dayoc, Jeko Aguado
Editor: Lawrence Ang
Composer: Len Calvo
Principal Cast: Jansen Magpusao, Ronnie Lazaro, Nathan Sotto, John Renz Javier