ABS-CBN actors Piolo Pascual and Shaina Magdayao are currently in Berlin, Germany for the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.
They are representing the Filipino rock opera film Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil), helmed by award-winning director Lav Diaz.
Panahon ng Halimaw depicts a love story in a remote village in the Philippines during the Martial Law.
This Pinoy rock musical is an official entry to the main competition of the Berlinale.
Cast members Pinky Amador, Bituin Escalante, and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairman Liza Dino also attended the red-carpet event held at the Berlinale Palast.
Liza posted some photos of the movie's cast members along with the other directors who are participating in the Berlinale Talents and Co-Production Market.
Pinoy Power at the 68th Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival. Easily, one of the biggest if not THE BIGGEST delegation for one film graced Berlinale's red carpet today. "The Sun is always out during the Filipinos red carpet ceremonies. You always bring good weather." Berlinale film fest director Dieter Kosslick said. What can I say? The Filipinos can't help but bring warmth in Berlin's winter chill. Congratulations team PHILIPPINES! #PHgoestoBerlin2018
Goofin' around with Asian Cinema "Rockstars"---uber amazing Thai producer Don Saron and ??????? Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) programmer for Asian cinema, Young-woo Kim. Together we work hand in hand to promote Asian Cinema to the world. Love these guys!!! #PHgoestoBerlin2018 #weloveasiancinema
Spotted @ Berlinale: The Rock Opera Stars of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. Yes, the cast of Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil) has finally arrived led by filmmaker Lav Diaz, Philippines best actresses Shaina Magdayao, Pinky Amador and Bituin Escalante and actors Lilit Reyes, Joel Saracho, DMs Boongaling and Bart Guingona. (Not in photo, Piolo Pascual who is scheduled to arrive today). These are their official photos displayed at the Berlinale Palast as the World Premiere of the film happens at 12:30pm today. Grabe, nakakaproud! Let's all send positive vibes as Team "Halimaw" brings the house down. Go, go, go!Philippines represent!!! #PHgoestoBerlin2018
Aside from Panahon ng Halimaw, there are other several films and Pinoy talents representing the Philippines in other categories.
Keith Deligro's Babylon is competing at Berlinale shorts while Manila Scream Expanded by Roxlee is featured at the Forum Expanded Section.
Babylon is a 20-minute short film about two young girls who travel through time to assassinate a small town dictator to revise history but ended up with a weird mixed-up adventure with a talking chicken, a videoke machine from the future, a set of violent triplets and prank calls from the '90s, only at Barangay Babylonia.
Manila Scream Expanded combines three recent short films by Philippine underground filmmaker Roxlee, Manila Scream, Yours Trolley, and Slicing Art. The film and its maker and protagonist take us on an idiosyncratic journey through the streets of Manila.
Meanwhile, four participants are at Berlinale Talents. They are: Pam Reyes, Anthony Falcon, McRonald Nacario, and Leeroy Lee.
Bradley Liew and Bianca Balbuena's Motel Acacia is featured at the Co-Production Market.
FDCP hosted the Philippine Night in Berlin last February 21.
In 2016, Piolo and Direk Lav also attended Berlinale for the film Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis, which won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer prize.
The 68th Berlin International Film Festival runs until February 25, 2018.