Nervous Translation

ASIAN FEATURE


Director: Shireen Seno

Duration:  90 minutes

Production: 2017

Country: Philippines

Category: Fiction

SCREENING


WORLD PREMIERE

FRI, 30 NOV 2018 / CINEMAXX CINEMA A / 13:00

SUN, 2 DES 2018 / CINEMAXX CINEMA B / 13:00

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 for herself, sometimes forgetting about leftovers for dinner in the fridge. In the evenings, she cuts her mother’s white hair for 25 centavos a strand while they watch soap operas on television. Yael only knows her father through his voice through voice letters in the form of cassette tapes which he sends back every now and then from Saudi Araba. Their boombox has a problem of ‘eating tape’, but this does not stop Yael from secretly listening to Father’s voice letters. One night, she accidentally records over a voice tape meant for her Mother.

Akhir 1988, Filipina pasca kediktatoran. Yael yang berusia delapan tahun, anak perempuan yang terlampau pemalu, hidup di dunianya sendiri. Ditinggal sendiri oleh ibunya yang bekerja di sebuah pabrik sepatu lokal, Yael terbiasa memasak untuk dirinya sendiri, terkadang ia melupakan sisa makanan untuk makan malam di lemari es. Tiap malam, sambil menonton sinetron di televisi, ia mencabuti rambut putih ibunya dengan imbalan 25 centavos per helainya. Pengetahuan Yael tentang ayahnya hanya terbatas pada rekaman suara dalam kaset yang ayahnya sesekali kirimkan melalui surat dari Arab Saudi. Boombox mereka kadang membuat kaset-kaset ini rusak tetapi itu tidak menghentikan Yael untuk diam-diam mendengarkan suara ayahnya. Suatu malam, Yael tidak sengaja mendengarkan kaset yang ditujukan untuk ibunya.

TRAILER


DIRECTOR


Shireen Seno

Shireen Seno was born to a Filipino family in Japan, where she spent most of her childhood. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a B. A. in Architectural studies and Cinema studies.

She started out in film shooting stills for Lav Diaz and John Torres before going on to direct her debut feature, Big Boy, which premiered at Rotterdam 2013 and went on to screen at festivals in Jeonju (South Korea), Edinburgh, New Horizons (Poland), 3 Continents (France) and at Institutions including Deutsches Historiches Museum Berlin, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Echo Park Film Center, among others. Big Boy was the opening film of Hors Pistes Tokyo, organized by the Centre Pompidou, and won the prize for the Best First Film at the Festival de Cine Lima Independiente.

Her next feature film project, Nervous Translation, was one of 15 projects of the Venice International Film Festival’s inaugural Biennale College – Cinema in 2013, a recipient of a Script & Project Development grant from the Hubert Bals Fund and a production grant from The Global Film Initiative, and was invited to IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Market in 2013 and CineMart and Produire au Sud in 2014. Nervous Translation will have its World Premiere at the 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam in its prestigious Hivos Tiger Competition.She is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2014, Oberhausen Seminar 2015, and was 1 of 4 finalists in Film for the Rolex Mentorship & Protégé Arts initiative 2016-2017.

Shireen Seno lahir dari keluarga Filipina yang tinggal di Jepang, ia menghabiskan sebagian besar masa kecilnya di sana. Ia mendapat gelar B. A. untuk Architectural Studies and Cinema Studies di University of Toronto.

Ia mulai berkarir dengan mengambil film still untuk Lav Diaz dan John Torres sebelum akhirnya menyutradarai debut film feature-nya, Big Boy, yang ditayangkan perdana di Rotterdam pada 2013 dan tayang di berbagai festival di Jeonju (Korea Selatan), Edinburgh, New Horizons (Polandia), 3 Continents (Perancis) dan di berbagai institusi, diantaranya Deutsches Historiches Museum Berlin, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, dan Echo Park Film Center. Big Boy merupakan film pembuka Hors Pistes Tokyo, diorganisir oleh the Centre Pompidou, dan memenangkan penghargaan sebagai the Best First Film di Festival de Cine Lima Independiente.

Proyek filmnya yang terbaru, Nervous Translation, adalah salah satu dari lima belas proyek inagurasi Biennale College – Cinema di Venice International Film Festival 2013, merupakan penerima bantuan dana Script & Project Development dari Hubert Bals Fund, penerima bantuan dana produksi dari The Global Film Initiative, dan juga diundang ke IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Market pada tahun 2013 dan CineMart and Produire au Sud di tahun 2014. Nervous Translation akan ditayangkan perdana 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam dalam ajang bergengsi Hivos Tiger Competition.

Contact: 

Alberto Alvarez Aguilera

a@reelsuspects.com