A Simple Highlight Guide for Main Special Feature: Philippine Films
“Drawn to and Fascinated by a Sacred Chaos”
Our main special feature will be a collection of films from the Philippines. The special feature, entitled “Drawn to and Fascinated by a Sacred Chaos”, will feature mostly young and upcoming works of filmmakers expected to shoulder the future of Filipino cinema. All films are subtitled in English and Japanese. For more information on the films, please click here
NERVOUS TRANSLATION Our Opening Film and winner of the NETPAC Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film, directed by Shireen Seno, is about a 8 year-old girl who can’t blend in well with the outside world. She then hears about a magic pen that can convey human thoughts…
THE BAGGAGE Directeed by Zig Dulay, the award winning film in the Philippines, France and the United States is a social drama that addresses the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). A baby is abandoned in the restroom of an airplane and an OFW is the prime suspect…
SMALLER AND SMALL CIRCLES The film is a crime-suspense-mystery based on a novel of the same name directed by Raya Martin. A series of murders of teenage boys gets two men of the church to investigate the “dark side” of the church and Filipino society.
WOMEN OF THE WEEPING RIVER The film, directed by Sheron Dayoc and winner of the Gawad Urian (Philippine Film Critics ) Awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, is about a traditional feud between families in the Muslim region of Mindanao Island.
SPECK IN THE WATER Winner of the Best Film of the Decade (1971-1979) Award at the Gawad Urian Awards, the film is directed by Filipino film master Ishmael Bernal. The film is an ensemble cast performance depicting various relationships on a small fishing island. A digitally restored version of the film will be shown.