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Cross My Heart and Hope to Die

Indonesian Premiere

17 minutes | 2023 | Philippines | Narrative | 🔊 Tagalog | English Sub. | 13+


Mila struggles as she remains unpaid at work and a love interest becomes a source of comfort through his constant phone calls. But a promise of hope may also lead to tragedy and sad love songs.


WED, 29 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 2 | 15:15

THU, 30 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 2 | 14:45

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Sam Manacsa

Sam Manacsa

Sam Manacsa worked as Art Director on award-winning films such as Carlo Francisco Manatad’s Whether the Weather Is Fine.
Her short film, If People Such as We Cease to Exist (2016), was selected at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Competition.
Cross My Heart and Hope To Die (2023) was selected to premiere at the 80th La Biennale Venice International Film Festival in the official Orizzonti Short Films Competition.
Her first feature, The Void Is Immense on Idle Hours, is currently in development.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company Chad Cabigon, Carlo Francisco Manatad

Producer Chad Cabigon, Carlo Francisco Manatad

Main Cast Jorybell Agoto, Aje Candelaria, Vincent Pajara, Rexon Anyayahan, Carla Zarcal

Screenplay Sam Manacsa

Cinematographer Martika Ramirez-Escobar

Editor Carlo Francisco Manatad

Notable Achievement

Venezia 80 – Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, 2023

SNCCI Award | Orvieto Cinema Fest, Italy, 2023

Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan, 2023

El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt, 2023

​Stretto Film Festival, Italy,  2023