Nervous Translation (2017) | SEA of Sadness

3 tickets: $20 || 5 tickets: $30
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Nervous Translation (2017)
Director: Shireen Seno
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino, Tagalog with English subtitles
Rating: PG

3 Aug, Sat - 8PM

NETPAC AWARD (Best Asian Feature Film)
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018
Shanghai International Film Festival 2018

The Philippines, 1987: not long after the People Power Revolution that brought about the fall of President Marcos. It is a precarious time for the nation, but eight-year-old Yael, shy to a fault, lives in her own private world. With her mother often at work and her father overseas for the same reason, Yael spends her time writing and listening to cassette-tape letters that her father sends back home. One day, she finds out about a pen that can “translate” the thoughts and feelings of nervous people. Meanwhile, a typhoon approaches. Nervous Translation captures the confusing and magical moments in the life of a child who, though preferring to be by herself, deep down longs to be heard.

The director will be present for a post-screening discussion.

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About SEA of Sadness
2- 28 Aug | Oldham Theatre

With more than 20 years’ experience working on Southeast Asian cinema as a senior programmer at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Gertjan Zuilhof has developed close relationships with many of the region’s filmmakers and affinities with their works. The SEA of Sadness programme is a culmination of his curatorial experience. Previously presented at the 2018 edition of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, the programme is now being presented for the first time in Southeast Asia at the Asian Film Archive.

The films selected for the programme include classic masterpieces as well as contemporary work from promising young directors; both feature-length films and shorts; and works of all genres, ranging from “pure” documentary to fiction films and experimental videos. These films represent the high quality of original work produced in Southeast Asia over the last two decades.

The sadness indicated in the title of the programme does not mean only that the films are concerned with sadness as an emotion, but also that they are sensitive, personal, and made with genuine feeling, delving deep into the memories and hopes of the people in the countries they were made in.
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Sat Aug 3, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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