Another local film that will participate in a global competition is Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether The Weather Is Fine), which will have its second international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
TIFF’s Twitter post explained that the movie’s story “follows three characters who must decide whether to stay home or escape to Manila after a devastating typhoon.” It will star Daniel Padilla, Charo Santos-Concio, and newcomer Rans Rifol, among others. Director Carlo Francisco Manatad’s film is part of the 20 entries under the Contemporary World Cinema selections.
The North American Premiere of WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE from Carlo Francisco Manatad follows three characters who must decide whether to stay home or escape to Manila after a devastating typhoon. Starring Charo Santos and @imdanielpadilla. #TIFF21 https://t.co/szxe59c3N8 pic.twitter.com/yN3O8RKZrn
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) July 28, 2021
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon’s Instagram post read that the film deals with “destruction, loss, and the struggle to find a home” after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines in 2013.
Manatad shared that the film landed its first entry at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, making it the only PH entry that was selected to compete in the Filmmakers of the Present Competition. It highlights the works of rising directors worldwide. Locarno will take place from August 4 to 14.
While the Toronto premiere will run from September 9 to 18, the release date in the Philippines is yet to be announced.
Banner: screenshot from Kun Maupay Man It Panahon teaser