Seven renowned Filipino directors and their films will be showcased in Seoul, South Korea during the 1st-ever Korea Pinoy International Film Festival (KPIFF) to be held at the Arirang Cine Center in Seongbuk-gu from September 27-29, 2019.
Organized by the Pinoy Artists in Korea led by Festival director actor-filmmaker Nash Ang, the 2019 KPIFF is being staged to celebrate 100 Years of Philippine Cinema, and the 70th Anniversary of Korea-Philippines diplomatic relations.
The 3-day festival that will host the South Korea premiere of the Alden Richards-Kathryn Bernardo-blockbuster film “Hello, Love, Goodbye”, will feature a Directors Showcase on Sunday, September 29 from 11:00am-1:30pm.
Seven films with English subtitles with topics related to Korea and issues about domestic and international migration will be on shown at the Arirang Cine Center.
Here are the 7 films on the Directors’ Showcase at the KPIFF:
1. U.S.F.A. (16 Minutes) by Jason Paul Laxamana
After almost a decade of waiting, Buboy’s U.S. immigration is finally about to be approved. Excitement has been causing his spirit to fly out of his body every night and travel to Disneyland.
2. Au Revoir Philip (30 Minutes) by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
The story follows the adventures of Luz, an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) who tries her luck in France as a domestic helper. The narrative progresses in the form of love letters addressed to her lover whom she left for greener pastures.
3. Saranghae My Tutor (29 Mins) by Victor Villanueva
A film inspired by Koreans coming over to the Philippines to learn English from Filipinos through ESL academies/programs. At the core of the story is the possibility of a romance blossoming between tutor and student. Can love triumph despite the language barriers and intercultural differences?
4. TNT – Tago Nang Tago (23 Minutes) by Roberto Reyes Ang
A man left his country for the American dream, only to be driven to the edge by a relative who turns his dream into a nightmare. Living as an undocumented immigrant, he faces multiple challenges. One day, he makes a move that changes the course of his life forever.
5. Mama (8 Minutes) Albert Almendralejo
A mother leaving her young son and daughter to take care of a 14-year-old kid in the city. After 14 years she decided to go back home to a family that seems not needing her anymore. Starring Cinemalaya 2019 Best Actress and 2016 Urian Best Supporting actress Ruby Ruiz.
6. No Man is An Island (35 Minutes) by Nash Ang
A mockumentary cut of a film about a muslim terrorist group to behead two Korean tourists; a cult leader and a sex tourist. A fake documentary that presents how both terrorism and fraud religion manipulate the people for material and ideological aims.
7. Pambansang Oppa (8 Minutes) by Emman Nimedez
What is it to be a “Pambansang Oppa”? Let Emman Nimedez show you how.
The KPIFF will also hold a Student Films Showcase of award-winning shorts from the Mapua University in Manila. The KPIFF has the support of the Seongbuk-gu Government, Seongbuk Multicultural Foundation, Philippine Embassy in Korea, Rotary Club of Dong Pocheon. The festival partners include Pinoy Iskolars sa Korea, Filam Creative Inc., Tanghalang Banyuhay, Koreigners, University of Mapua, and GoodNewsPilipinas.com
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