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Asian Premiere

93 minutes | 2023 | Philippines | Narrative | 🔊 Japanese, Hiligaynon, English, Filipino,& a Made up Language | English Sub. | N/A


A young Filipina translator and a middle-aged Japanese director test the limits of language and discover the beauty of understanding during the unlikeliest of times: While creating subtitles for his film in a local Filipino dialect — Ilonggo — as they race to finish before the film’s Festival Premiere in the city of Bacolod.


SUN, 26 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 3 | 18:15

SAT, 2 DEC 2023 | XXI STUDIO 3 | 14:15

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Jopy Arnaldo

Jopy Arnaldo

Jopy Arnaldo is a creative director at a multinational advertising agency, and a writer-director at every other waking hour of his life. Gitling, his first feature film, premiered at the 2023 Cinemalaya film festival. He's hoping it will be the first of many.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company Unitel

Producer KC Contrevida & Mucko David

Main Cast Gabby Padilla, Ken Yamaura

Screenplay Jopy Arnaldo 

Cinematographer Mycko David 

Editor Lawrence Ang

Notable Achievement

Best Screenplay | Cinemalaya FIlm Festival, 2023


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