TOKYO – Paul Soriano’s latest film, “The Fisher,” has become the first Filipino movie to receive a nomination for the Ethical Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF).
Launched by TIFF this year, the Ethical Film Award recognizes films that address important contemporary social themes such as gender equality, the environment, poverty, diversity, and discrimination.
In a news release distributed during the festival lineup press conference at Base Q Hall in Tokyo Midtown Hibiya on Sept. 27, TIFF defined “ethical” as thoughts and actions that empathize with people, society, and the environment.
The 2023 TIFF will select outstanding films from the new submissions to the festival that align with these “ethical” principles.
Competing for the inaugural award alongside “The Fisher” are Spain’s “20,000 Species of Bees” directed by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren, and “Power Alley,” a Brazil-France-Uruguay co-production, directed by Lillah Halla.
The screening and awarding of the winning film are scheduled to take place at Marunouchi TOEI on Oct. 31.
“The Fisher” narrates the story of Pedro, a fisherman facing the decision of the fate of a mysterious stranger he found lost at sea when suspected of both impregnating his teenage daughter and causing a fish-rotting plague.
The film, screening in the World Focus section, stars Mon Confiado, Mercedes Cabral, Enchong Dee, Heaven Peralejo, and Eula Valdez. It will have its Japan premiere at TOHO Cinemas Chanter 2 on Oct. 26 and 30. - Florenda Corpuz
(Photos courtesy of TIFF)