Director: Shireen Seno
Language: Original Version – Spanish Subtitles
Genre : Drama
Eight-year-old Yael is shy and not always at ease. She prefers writing letters to performing dances for her applauding Filipino family. She listens endlessly to the cassette tapes recorded by her father, who is spending years away from home working in Riyadh. Her uncle, a rock star with the band The Futures, acts as something of a surrogate father. When she hears an advertisement for a pen that will give her a ‘wonderful life’, she decides to spend all her savings on this miracle pen.
Shireen Seno was born to a Filipino family in Japan, where she spent most of her childhood. She graduated from the University of Toron to with a B.A. in Architectural studies and Cinema studies.She started out in film shooting stills for Lav Diaz and John Torres before going on to direct her debut feature, “Big Boy”, which premiered at Rotterdam 2013 and went on to screen at festivals in Europe and Asia and at institutions including Deutsches Historiches Museum Berlin, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Echo Park Film Center, among others. “Big Boy” was the opening film of Hors Pistes Tokyo, organized by the Centre Pompidou, and won the prize for Best First Film at the Festival de Cine Lima Independiente. Her next feature film project, “Nervous Translation”, was one of 15 projects of the Venice International Film Festival’s inaugural Biennale College–Cinema in 2013 and was invited to IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Market in 2013 and CineMart and Produire au Sud in 2014.
Festivals and Awards
Netpac Award en Rotterdam International Film Festival (2018)
Asian New Talent Award por mejor guionista en Shanghai International Film Festival (2018)
YCC Award por mejor logro en la edición en Young Critics Circle de Philippines (2018)
Thursday 8th Nov