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Director: Martin Edralin Run Time: 94 min. Language: Tagalog, English

Synopsis:

A coming-of-middle-age film about a timid Filipino immigrant struggling with the care of an elderly parent while managing his first experience of puppy love. Q&A with director Martin Edralin following the screening. 

Drama | 2021 | 94 min | Tagalog (Filipino), English | Canada

Critics: 

“It lifts us to a higher place. Yet it does so not merely with empathy but with impressive subtlety” – Variety

“A stunning feat of lived-in filmmaking…Filled with the hallmarks of a strong director, It is as emotionally immersive as it is unassuming.” -Roger Ebert

“A spare but supremely effective character study…Edralin’s film is a small wonder, alternately heartbreaking and buoyant” -Globe & Mail

Awards:

SXSW – Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival – Audience Choice Award
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival  – Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting
Calgary International Film Festival – Grand Prize, Emerging Canadian Artist Award
Vancouver IFF – Special Jury Mention, Best Emerging Canadian Director
Available Light FF – Best Canadian Feature Film

 

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