Director’s Factory 2024 – The Philippines

Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan (Philippines) and Tan Siyou (Singapore) direct COLD CUT which exclusively stars local talents from Dapitan City.
Joy, a 19-year-old student, is about to compete at the local talent show. As she’s about to enter the audition, a mysterious butcher takes her to unknown horizons…
Arvin Belarmino (Philippines) and Lomorpich Rithy (aka YoKi) (Cambodia) direct SILIG.
The stubborn and feisty Mamang is back in town after 20 years to organize her funeral. But she wants to be cremated against all odds…
This film stars veteran actresses Sylvia Sanchez multi-awarded actress, and Angel Aquino, who has starred in many Lav Diaz films, including Silver Bear, A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery.

Maria Estela Paiso (Philippines) and Ashok Vish (India) direct NIGHTBIRDS.
Mythology crosses Ivy’s path when mystical Tigmamanukan bird helps her break free from her husband who gambles the couple’s money in cockfighting.
The film stars famous Filipina comedian, Pokwang, main actress in Oda Sa Wala by Dwein Baltazar which competed in Karlovy Vary IFF.
Eve Baswel (Philippines) and Gogularaajan Rajendran (Malaysia) direct WALAY BALAY.
In the shadow of the Marawi conflict, Norayda and her daughter Yahairah have found solace in a nearby town. They count each day to return home. Until an official letter arrives…
The film stars Lav Diaz’s mainstay Shaina Magdayao (Season of the Devil, The Halt, Essential Truths of the Lake…) and Ruby Ruiz, star of Lulu Wang’s Expats.
Coproduced by Bradley Liew (Epicmedia – Philippines)
and Dominique Welinski (DW – France)

À SON IMAGE (In His Own Image)
by Thierry de Peretti

Fragments of the life of Antonia, a young photographer for a local newspaper in Corsica. Her commitment, her friends, and her loves intertwine
with the major political events of the island, from the 1980s to the dawn of the 21st century. It is the fresco of a generation.
France – 110 mins
Sales Agent : Pyramide Films International
Good to know : his last film won the Jury Prize at San Sebastian.

East of Noon (SHARQ 12)
a film by Hala Elkoussy

Set in a confined world outside time, East of Noon is the fable of prodigy ABDO (19) who uses music to rebel against his elders: showman SHAWKY (70), an eccentric showman who rules with a mix of performance and fear, and storyteller JALALA (75), who provides relief with stories of the Sea, which no one else has seen. East of Noon is a satire on the inner workings of an ailing autocracy and its inherent vulnerability to youth’s unchained vision of a better world.
 Netherlands/Egypt – 109 mins
Good to know : East of Noon is Hala Elkoussy’s second feature film. Her debut feature film Cactus Flower (2017, feature) was selected for, among others, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and won the award for Best Actress at the Dubai International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Aswan International Women’s Film Festival.

Baby by Marcelo 

After being released from a juvenile detention center, Wellington finds himself alone and adrift on the streets of São Paulo, without any contact from his parents and lacking the resources to rebuild his life. He encounters Ronaldo, a mature man, who teaches him new ways of surviving. Gradually, their relationship turns into a conflicting passion
Brazil/France/Netherlands – 106 mins
Good to know : he was assistant director for Bacurau and Aquarius, presented in the Cannes Competition..

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