CineMart, the Rotterdam film festival's co-production market, has chosen 35 titles from the 500 submissions received for the 2009 selection. This includes an entry from the Philippines titled Kalayaan (Freedomland).
To be directed by Adolfo Alix Jr. of Bicycle Pictures, Kalayaan will star Lao-Australian actor Ananda Everingham. Being chosen for CineMart will allow Direk Adolf to present his project to major producers worldwide and make his project eligible for the Prince Claus award worth 15,000 Euros and Arte France Award worth 10,000 Euros.
Direk Adolf plans to shoot Kalayaan by February 2009. The Spratly Islands (also known as the Kalayaan group of islands) located off the southern coast of Palawan are being claimed by different countries.
Running from January 25 to January 29, CineMart is now in its 26th year.
SYNOPSIS. Julian, a soldier stationed in Kota Island, is packing his things. He is ready to leave Kalayaan, part of the Spratly Islands being claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. He already completed his three months of service but news of a pending coup d'etat in Manila orders him to stay in the small island until further notice. With nothing much to do, he spends his waiting hours walking by the beach front. His only option for survival is to cope with reality or lose his own sanity.