Director: Shireen Seno
Year: 2018
Duration: 90′
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.

Director’s Biography

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)


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