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Lillet Never Happened by Jacco Groen
Lilet Never Happened

Lilet Never Happened

A Dutch social worker tries to save the head-strong Lilet, a 12-year-old girl struggling to survive in Manila.

A character driven story about a 12-year-old Philippine-American girl struggling to survive on the streets of Manila. Social worker Claire tries to intervene but this head-strong girl thinks she can take her life - and her future - in her own hands. The film, shot over a period of three years, is based on actual interviews with Lilet, the little girl who became Manila’s most famous child prostitute.

104’ / DCP / colour

Genre: social drama
Dir: Jacco Groen
Prod: Springfilm
Co-prod: 24Fps features (NL), Jaja productions (NL), Witsenburg Film Productions (NL)
F&ME Film & Music (UK)       
Sc: Jacco Groen, Roy Iglesias           
D.O.P.: Danny Elsen, Jan Dellaert, Patrick Layugan
Completed: September 2012       
Language: English, Tagalog
Cast: Sandy Tagal, Johanna ter Steege (TIRZA, INDIAN SUMMER), John Arcilla (THE BOURNE LEGACY, AMIGO), Marifee Necesito (TAXICAB, MAMMOTH).      

Festivals & awards a.o:
Warsaw International Film Festival
Sofia International Film Festival
Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival - Best Youth Film 12+ Award
Moscow International Film Festival
Tallinn Black Night Film Festival
Goa International Film Festival of India
BUSTER - Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth - Best Youth Film
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival - Best Youth Film 12 + Award
Houston International Film Festival - Golden Remi award for Best Foreign Film

Jacco Groen:
First feature film.
a.o. LOSING TRACK (2008, short) Award: Best Editing Los Angeles FF, IN MY DREAMS I WALK (2006, doc), HOOKERS AT THE CROSSROADS (2000, doc series), WHEN TOM HEARD HE WAS DEAD (1996, TV film), SOLINA (1994, short) Awards: Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress Santiago FF.

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