Imbisibol is another Filipino movie that will be part of the prestigious 40th Toronto International Film Festival.
Directed by Lawrence Fajardo, this film has been chosen as an entry to the Contemporary World Cinema section of the film fest to be held in Canada from September 10-20, 2015.
Aside from Imbisibol, the Erk Matti film Honor Thy Father will have its world premiere at the Toronto IFF.
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Imbisibol (international title: Invisible) tells the story of four Filipino illegal migrant workers in Japan.
The film stars Allen Dizon, Bernardo Bernardo, Ces Quesada, and JM de Guzman. It also includes the special participation of Ricky Davao.
Imbisibol, which depicts the daily challenges faced by Filipino migrant workers in Japan, won as Best Film during the inaugural Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2015.
The main characters in the film include Linda (played by Ces), a landlady who is torn between her duty to her husband and her kababayans; Benjie (played by Bernardo), an illegal migrant worker who has been jumping from one odd job to another in the last 17 years; Manuel (played by Allen), an overstayer who now works as a
male entertainer in a bar in the red light district; and Rodel (played by JM), a newcomer who commits a crime while working in a logging company.
They face threats of arrest and deportation as their friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned, and values are eroded.
The film is based on a one-act play of the same title by Herlyn Gail Alegre.
(Read: SINAG MAYNILA REVIEW: Imbisibol star JM de Guzman shows depth in acting and skills in action scenes)