Four Filipino Films in Tokyo Int’l Film Fest

TOKYO – Four Filipino films will be shown in the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), one of which will compete in the Asian Future section.

Perci Intalan’s drama film “Distance” starring Iza Calzado, Nonie Buencamino and Therese Malvar will vie for the Best Asian Future Film Award and the Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center alongside seven other Asian films.

Three other films from the Philippines have entered different sections of TIFF: “Lakbayan (Journey),” the omnibus project of Brillante Mendoza (Desfocado), Lav Diaz (Hugaw) and Kidlat Tahimik (Kabunyan’s Journey), will be screened in the World Focus section; “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil)” by Lav Diaz and “Respeto” by Treb Monteras II will be featured in the Crosscut Asia #05: Soundtrip to Southeast Asia section.

Intalan, along with producer Jun Robles Lana and actress Therese Malvar, will attend the festival for “Distance,” while producer Wilson Tieng and actors Joem Bascon and Vince Rillon will be there for “Lakbayan.”

Actress Shaina Magdayao is also expected to attend for “Halimaw.”

TIFF runs Oct. 25 – Nov. 3 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Roppongi, Hibiya Step Square and other venues in Tokyo.

(Words by Florenda Corpuz, Photograph courtesy of TIFF 2018)