Ang Larawan Is Finally Making Its World Premiere This October

They're officially headed to the Tokyo International Film Festival!


( First it was Smaller and Smaller Circles in Korea for the Busan International Film Festival. Now, another highly anticipated film is headed to a prestigious international film festival this October: The star-studded musical Ang Larawan!


The movie will be making its world premiere at the upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival under the "Asian Future" section. The prestigious festival will run from October 25 to November 3.


Based on National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin's celebrated three-act play, A Portrait of the Artist as a Filipino, the film tells the story of two unmarried sisters (Rachel Alejandro and Joanna Ampil) who cope with financial ruin after their father, a high-profile painter, fails to make a single painting.


The musical also boasts libretto by National Artist for Theatre Rolando Tinio, music by Ryan Cayabyab and the Philharmonic Orchestra, and direction by award-winning Broadway set designer Loy Arcenas.



Ang Larawan won't be the only Filipino film in the festival, as it will be joined by four other titles: Tu Pug Imatuy by Arnel Barbarona (under "Asian Future"), Kristo by H.F. Yambao (under "Crosscut Asia #04"), Kakabakaba Ka Ba? by Mike De Leon (under "Crosscut Asia #04"), and Pailalim by Daniel R. Palacio (under "World Focus").



Larawan will be competing for the "Best Asian Future Film Award"—a title that previously went to Mikhail Red's Birdshot in 2016. (The latter was chosen as the Philippines' bet to the 2018 Oscars.) This year's jury is headed by Oscar-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones.


Locally, Larawan has been submitted to the Metro Manila Film Festival for its second round of selections. If accepted, it will be screened nationwide starting December 25.


For the full list of films and more information, log on to Tokyo International Film Festival's official website.


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