Two Filipino films—Dinig Sana Kita and Independencia—will be exhibited at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival in Canada from September 10-20.
According to Direk Mike Sandejas, lead stars Romalito Mallari and Zoe Sandejas, will accompany him when he attends the international premiere of Dinig Sana Kita in Toronto.
Dinig Sana Kita (international title: If I Knew What You Said) will be part of the Contemporary World Cinema, a section dedicated to the "best of current international filmmaking" (as described by the official website of the Toronto IFF).
Written and produced by Direk Mike, Dinig Sana Kita stars deaf actor Romalito Mallari, Robert Seña, Lorenzo Mara, and Sandejas' daughter, Zoe. It bagged the Audience Choice award in the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival held last July. The film is produced by Echo and Mirage Media.
The film has also been invited to the Hawaii International Film Festival in October and the Brussels Independent International Film Festival in November.
Dinig Sana Kita, rated General Patronage by the Movie and Television Rating and Classification Board, is currently being screened at IndieSine, Robinsons Galleria until September 1.
Meanwhile, Independencia by Raya Martin will screen in the Vision program for its North American premiere. According to the official website of the Toronto IFF, this section is dedicated to "innovative works of newcomers and veteran filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary cinema. It spotlights work that challenges our notion of mainstream cinema and explores experimental filmmaking techniques, new territory and technologies."
Alessandra de Rossi, Tetchie Agbayani, and Sid Lucero are the main actors in this film. The black-and-white film was included in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival last May.
Aside from being part of the Toronto IFF, Independencia will also compete at the Vladivostok International Film Festival in Russia next month and at the 47th Annual New York Film Festival that will run from September 25 to October 11.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, organizer of the New York Film Festival, has described Direk Raya's film by saying it "offers a kind of alternative history of the Philippines and its struggle for nationhood in this stylized tale of a mother and son hiding in the mountains after the U.S. takeover of the islands."
This makes Independencia the third Filipino film to enter the New York Film Festival after Lino Brocka's Insiang (1976) and Brillante Mendoza's Serbis (2008).