Two Philippine films will be featured in the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which can be seen in two categories of the film festival. The film festival will be held from 31 October to 09 November 2020 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Roppongi and other theaters in Tokyo, Japan.
The film “Fan Girl”, a story about a starstruck girl who sneaks into an actor’s house and sees a horrifying truth, by Director Antoinette Jadaone was listed in the “Tokyo Premiere 2020”. This category focuses on World Premiere and Asian Premiere films by unique directors around the world. Director Jadaone’s “Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay” won Eiga Hiho magazine’s best TIFF 2019 film.
The film “Genus Pan” (“Lahi, Hayop”), a drama about three illegal miners who traversed the sea, the mountains and the forest until they reached their destination, of Director Lav Diaz will have its Japanese premiere in “World Focus”, a category which showcases works from film festivals worldwide, foreign films unreleased in Japan, and award-winning films that have been screened at overseas film festivals. “Genus Pan” had its world premiere at the 2020 Venice Film Festival where it won the Best Director prize in the Orizzonti competition.
These films are co-presented by The Japan Foundation Asia Center. The Asia Center aims to connect people and expand networks in Asia through promoting bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields ranging from arts, film, music, dance, performing arts, sports, intellectual and people-to-people exchanges.