Filipino indie films will take part in the 2013 Busan International Film Festival to be held in South Korea this October.
Transit will be part of the New Currents Section while Sana Dati; Sapi; Norte, the End of History; and Death March are included in the section called A Window on Asian Cinema. The documentary Jazz in Love is competing in the Wide Angle section.
The 18th Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 3 to 12.
Two of these entries competed in the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival namely Sana Dati (international title: If Only) and Transit.
The documentary Jazz in Love, which served as the opening film of Cinemalaya 2013, is competing in the Wide Angle section of the BIFF. The film is tagged as a Philippine-German-French production.
Directed by Filipina director Baby Ruth Villarama, Jazz in Love is described as a "sensitive but unflinching document of a cross-cultural romance is a timely portrait of modern love. Jazz, a young Filipino man, awaits the arrival of his pragmatic, middle-aged German fiancé. Jazz in Love asks whether love can conquer all—including time, space, language and tradition."
Transit—starring Jasmine Curtis Smith, Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina and child star Marc Justin Alvarez—is included in the New Currents section.
This is the main competition of the BIFF that is open to debuting or second-time Asian filmmakers.
Jury members will select 2 films that will win the New Currents Award, each of which will be awarded USD$ 30,000.
Meanwhile, Sana Dati is one of the four Filipino films included in the section called A Window on Asian Cinema.
The other films are Sapi (directed by Brillante Mendoza); Norte, the End of History (directed by Lav Diaz); and Death March (directed by Adolfo Alix Jr.).
Sapi (international title: Possession) will have its world premiere in the Vanguard section of the 38th Toronto International Film Festival. Both Norte and Death March took part in the Un Certain Regard section of the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
In the Short Film Showcase, Prologue to the Great Desaparecido (a Philippine-French production directed by Lav Diaz) and Johnny Loves Dolores (a Philippine-American production directed by Clarissa de los Reyes) are also included in the lineup.
Aside from these Filipino films, the Singaporean film Ilo Ilo is part of A Window on Asian Cinema. Filipina actress Angeli Bayani stars in this film as the nanny of a family affected by the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
In addition, Filipino director Benito Bautista's Samuel over the Rainbow is included in the 30 official project selections in the Busan International Film Festival Asian Project Market (APM).
According to the official website of the Busan IFF, there were 249 projects submitted for the APM this 2013. Samuel over the Rainbow is the only Filipino entry in this year's APM.
Here are the descriptions provided by the Busan IFF about the following entries:
A WINDOW ON ASIAN CINEMA
Director: Brillante Mendoza
Cast: Dennis Trillo, Meryll Soriano, Baron Geisler
The filmmaker behind the searing Thy Womb turns a critical eye toward the news media and its moral failings in Sapi. Rival broadcasters chasing the same demonic possession story lead one ambitious producer to make a deal with fallout more horrifying than the story.
If Only (Sana Dati)
Director: Jerrold Tarog
Cast: Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino, Benjamin Alves
On the verge of entering into a loveless marriage, Andrea meets a mystery man at her wedding—a man who recalls her one true love. The last in Tarog’s Camera Trilogy, If Only once again explores truths and lies as filtered through the lens.
Norte, the End of History
Director: Lav Diaz
Cast: Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Soliman Cruz, Angelina Kanapi
A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country's never-ending cycle of apathy. In contrast, the wrongly convicted man finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious starts happening to him.
Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.
Cast: Sam Milby, Zanjoe Marudo, Sid Lucero, Carlo Aquino, Jacky Woo
After the 1942 Battle of Bataan, thousands of Filipino and American soldiers are forced to march 128 kilometers in blistering heat by the Imperial Japanese Army. In this theatrical treatment of the real-life tragedy, dead soldiers begin to talk while the survivors trudge ever onwards.
NEW CURRENTS SECTION
Director: Hannah Espia
Cast: Jasmine Curtis Smith, Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina, Mercedes Cabral, Marc Justine Alvarez
The intersecting stories of several Filipinos living precariously in Tel Aviv where a law threatens to deport the children of migrant workers. Paradoxically for these loving mothers—domestic workers and caregivers—family relationships generate complications