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Baconaua

Baconaua

European Premiere

Synopsis

Director

After a particularly strong squall, a sleepy fishing village in a tiny island in Southern Tagalog wakes up to an astonishing sight – their sea has turned red. Floating on their waters are thousands of apples. No one knows where it came from. Some see it as a bad omen from the baconaua – a creature of myth. A few thinks it is a miracle from heaven, while others fear a more sinister source.

Young provincial lass Divina, sees it as a mere distraction as he mulls whether to have her father, who went missing at sea three months ago, declared officially dead. The villagers nag her about participating in ancient rituals to appease the sea, while her young siblings navigate a complicated adolescence in an impoverished community sitting in the Verde Passage where mysticism and harsh realities are the way of life.

Joseph Israel Laban

is an award-winning Tagalog independent filmmaker. He directed, wrote and produced films like „Cuchera“ and „Nuwebe,“ which have been screened in over 60 international film festivals and won several recognitions. He co-produced a number of other projects including the award-winning films: „Children’s Show,“ „Tuos“ (PÖFF 2016), „Purgatoryo“ and „The Sister“. „Baconaua“ is Laban’s fourth full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Cuchera (2011)
  • Nuwebe (Termitaria, 2013)
  • The Sister (2016)
  • Baconaua (2017)

Schedule

19.11.2017
20:30 - 22:23
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 030303
Guests (3)
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Movie guests:  Director Joseph Laban, Producer Sara Santiago, Cast Jesus Mendoza
21.11.2017
21:15 - 23:08
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 051402
Guests (3)
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Movie guests:  Director Joseph Laban, Producer Sara Santiago, Cast Jesus Mendoza
03.12.2017
15:00 - 16:33
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171701
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

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Film info

Country: Philippines
Year: 2017
Duration: 93 minutes
Director: Joseph Israel Laban
Producers: Nicole Runi, Sara Santiago, Derick Cabrido, Ferdinand Lapuz
Writers: Joseph Israel Laban, Denise O'Hara
DOP: TM Malones
Montage: Benjamin Tolentino, Cyril Bautista
Composer: Jema Pamintuan
Cast: Elora Españo, Teri Malvar, JM Salvado, Jess Mendoza, Ron Lord
Productions: Nicole Runi, Sara Santiago, Derick Cabrido
Festival: Cinemalaya

Synopsis

Director

After a particularly strong squall, a sleepy fishing village in a tiny island in Southern Tagalog wakes up to an astonishing sight – their sea has turned red. Floating on their waters are thousands of apples. No one knows where it came from. Some see it as a bad omen from the baconaua – a creature of myth. A few thinks it is a miracle from heaven, while others fear a more sinister source.

Young provincial lass Divina, sees it as a mere distraction as he mulls whether to have her father, who went missing at sea three months ago, declared officially dead. The villagers nag her about participating in ancient rituals to appease the sea, while her young siblings navigate a complicated adolescence in an impoverished community sitting in the Verde Passage where mysticism and harsh realities are the way of life.

Joseph Israel Laban

is an award-winning Tagalog independent filmmaker. He directed, wrote and produced films like „Cuchera“ and „Nuwebe,“ which have been screened in over 60 international film festivals and won several recognitions. He co-produced a number of other projects including the award-winning films: „Children’s Show,“ „Tuos“ (PÖFF 2016), „Purgatoryo“ and „The Sister“. „Baconaua“ is Laban’s fourth full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Cuchera (2011)
  • Nuwebe (Termitaria, 2013)
  • The Sister (2016)
  • Baconaua (2017)