Death of Nintendo

Nie wieder Nintendo
“Did you pick your sacrifice for the week? I think you should sacrifice playing Nintendo.“

The earth is trembling and emotions are running hot. Just yesterday the newest game from Nintendo was all Paolo and his friends could think about – while the occasional blackouts caused by the nearby volcano Pinatubo were their biggest concern. Alas, all that has been shaken up forever for Paolo’s sleepy suburban Manila clique, in a dawning world of elaborate feminine hair-dos, crude rituals of masculinity and a mysterious ghost hunt. Mimaw appears to be the only one able to keep a clear head among aftershocks from multiple emo-epicentres. Raya Martin has created a warm, breezy homage to puberty and adolescence with a pop touch, set in the 1990s, in which the protagonists’ relationships, sensibilities and life plans take on new hues.
by Raya Martin
with Noel Comia Jr., Kim Chloie Oquendo, John Vincent Servilla, Jiggerfelip Sementilla, Elijah Alejo, Cayden Williams, Agot Isidro, Nikki Valdez, Moi Bien, Angelina Canapi
Philippines / USA 2020 Tagalog,  English 99’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 10 years and up


  • Noel Comia Jr. (Paolo)
  • Kim Chloie Oquendo (Mimaw)
  • John Vincent Servilla (Kachi)
  • Jiggerfelip Sementilla (Gilligan)
  • Elijah Alejo (Shiara)
  • Cayden Williams (Jimbo)
  • Agot Isidro (Patricia)
  • Nikki Valdez (Maribel)
  • Moi Bien (Lina)
  • Angelina Canapi (Shirley)


DirectorRaya Martin
ScreenplayValerie Castillo Martinez
CinematographyAnte Cheng
EditingCyril Aris
MusicZeke Khaseli, Yudhi Arfani
Sound DesignAndy Sisul
SoundDrew Millalos
Production DesignWhammy Alcazaren, Thesa Tang
CostumesArianne Casuga
Make-UpAbigail Lagarico
CastingJuliana Ysla
Assistant DirectorTimmy Harn
Production ManagerLovely de Leon
ProducersValerie Castillo Martinez, Kriz G. Gazmen, Marizel Samson-Martinez, Marjorie B. Lachica
Executive ProducersOlivia M. Lamasan, Carlo L. Katigbak
Co-ProducersJeremy Chua, Nikolo Juban, Lope Juban

Raya Martin

Born in Manila, the Philippines in 1984, he has participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation, the Berlinale Residency and is a Berlinale Talents alumnus. In 2009, his film Independencia was selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes, while his atmospheric horror How to Disappear Completely screened in 2013 at Locarno. In the same year, he directed La última película which featured in the 2014 Forum Expanded. His films have been presented at Documenta in Kassel, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Korean Film Archive in Seoul.


2004 The Visit; short film 2005 The Island at the End of the World · Short Film About the Indio Nacional 2007 Long Live Philippine Cinema!; short film · Life Projections; short film · Autohystoria 2008 Possible Lovers · Next Attraction · Now Showing 2009 Track Projections; short film · Manila · Independencia 2011 Boxing in the Philippine Islands; short film · Ars colonia; short film · Buenas noches 2012 The Great Cinema Party 2013 How to Disappear Completely · La última pélicula 2017 Smaller and Smaller Circles 2020 Death of Nintendo

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020