NERVOUS TRANSLATION

by Shireen Seno
NERVOUS TRANSLATION

Informations

Nation: Philippines

Year: 2018

Length: 91'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Late 1988, post-dictatorship Philippines. Eight-year-old Yael, shy to a fault, lives in her own private world. Left to her own devices while her mother assembles shoes at the local shoe factory, Yael cooks miniature meals with her mini stove for herself. In the evenings, when her mother gets home after work, Yael watches soap operas on television with her; these are the rare moments when they have a physical bond. Yael only knows her father through his voice, through voice letters in the form of cassette tapes which he sends back from Saudi Arabia.

Director

Shireen Seno

Shireen Seno

Shireen Seno (Tokyo, Japan, 1983) was born to a Filipino family in Japan, where she spent most of her childhood. She graduated from the University of Toronto in architectural and cinema studies. She started out in film shooting stills for Lav Diaz and John Torres before going on to direct Big Boy, her debut feature. It was shot entirely on Super8 and premiered at Rotterdam 2013 and went on to screen at festivals in Jeonju (South Korea), Edinburgh, New Horizons (Poland), 3 Continents (France) among others. Big Boy also won the prize for Best First Film at the Festival de cine Lima Independiente.
Nervous Translation is her second feature

Filmography:
Big Boy (2012), Shotgun Tuding (cm, 2014), Nervous Translation (2017)

Cast and Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Shireen Seno
fotografia/cinematography
Albert Banzon, Jippy Pascua, Dennese Victoria
montaggio/film editing
Shireen Seno, John Torres
scenografia/production design
Leeroy New
animazione/animation
Carl Joseph Papa
musica/music
Itos Ledesma
suono/sound
Nicole Amores, John Michael Perez, Mikko Quizon, Kathrine Ariane Salinas
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jana Agoncillo (Yael), Angge Santos (Val), Sid Lucero (Tino), Cocoy Lumbao
produttore/producer
John Torres
produzione/production
Los Otros Films, Creative Programs

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contatti/contacts
Reel Suspects
Alberto Alvarez Aguilera
[email protected]
www.reelsuspects.com

Director statement

“Nervous Translation is based on my experiences growing up a shy child of the Filipino diaspora, unsure of myself, wanting to belong, and longing for a way to express that. […]
Nervous Translation seeks to recapture an important period in Philippine history and draw connections to the present day through issues that are still familiar to us: the complexity of the family unit in light of migration, an obsession with consumer electronics and technology, and the sheer power of nature to remind us of our limits and about what really matters.”

Synopsis Learn more

Late 1988, post-dictatorship Philippines. Eight-year-old Yael, shy to a fault, lives in her own private world. Left to her own devices while her mother assembles shoes at the local shoe factory, Yael cooks miniature meals with her mini stove for herself. In the evenings, when her mother gets home after work, Yael watches soap operas on television with her; these are the rare moments when they have a physical bond. Yael only knows her father through his voice, through voice letters in the form of cassette tapes which he sends back from Saudi Arabia.

Director All about direction

Shireen Seno

Shireen Seno

Shireen Seno (Tokyo, Japan, 1983) was born to a Filipino family in Japan, where she spent most of her childhood. She graduated from the University of Toronto in architectural and cinema studies. She started out in film shooting stills for Lav Diaz and John Torres before going on to direct Big Boy, her debut feature. It was shot entirely on Super8 and premiered at Rotterdam 2013 and went on to screen at festivals in Jeonju (South Korea), Edinburgh, New Horizons (Poland), 3 Continents (France) among others. Big Boy also won the prize for Best First Film at the Festival de cine Lima Independiente.
Nervous Translation is her second feature

Filmography:
Big Boy (2012), Shotgun Tuding (cm, 2014), Nervous Translation (2017)

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Shireen Seno
fotografia/cinematography
Albert Banzon, Jippy Pascua, Dennese Victoria
montaggio/film editing
Shireen Seno, John Torres
scenografia/production design
Leeroy New
animazione/animation
Carl Joseph Papa
musica/music
Itos Ledesma
suono/sound
Nicole Amores, John Michael Perez, Mikko Quizon, Kathrine Ariane Salinas
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jana Agoncillo (Yael), Angge Santos (Val), Sid Lucero (Tino), Cocoy Lumbao
produttore/producer
John Torres
produzione/production
Los Otros Films, Creative Programs

**
contatti/contacts
Reel Suspects
Alberto Alvarez Aguilera
[email protected]
www.reelsuspects.com

Director statement Read more

“Nervous Translation is based on my experiences growing up a shy child of the Filipino diaspora, unsure of myself, wanting to belong, and longing for a way to express that. […]
Nervous Translation seeks to recapture an important period in Philippine history and draw connections to the present day through issues that are still familiar to us: the complexity of the family unit in light of migration, an obsession with consumer electronics and technology, and the sheer power of nature to remind us of our limits and about what really matters.”