Sanzaru directed by Xia Magnus
Sanzaru directed by Xia Magnus

Ahead of the World Premiere at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival, Xia Magnus’ Sanzaru debuted the first official trailer. The film stars Aina Dumlao, Justin Arnold, Jayne Taini, Jon Viktor Corpuz and will premiere on Sunday, January 26th.

“Evelyn (Aina Dumlao), a young Filipina nurse, is living on an isolated estate while taking care of Dena, the aging matriarch of a Texas family. As Dena slips deeper into dementia, Evelyn begins to sense something ominous lurking behind the walls. Is the house a conduit for supernatural forces? Or is she just hearing things? As Evelyn’s paranoia pushes her to uncover her employer’s awful past, she may not be prepared for the havoc her curiosity will unlock.”

Sanzaru is a captivating ghost story that melds the dark side of contemporary Americana together with a slice of Filipino heritage, creating a beautiful culture clash and an epic ancestral battle for the ages. Writer-director Xia Magnus incorporates the landscape of desolate south Texas as a haunting character in its own right — and enhances it with a lyrical, supernatural soundscape. The actors bring great depth to the characters, who are refreshingly unconventional and strong, like people we all know, but often overlook, in our day to day lives. – Traven Rice, Slamdance Film Festival Programmer

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