This Heart-Wrenching Family Drama Is Heading to the Tokyo International Film Festival

Perci Intalan's Distance will be competing under the Asian Future Section.

( It looks like family dramas are the Philippines' bet for international film competitions in 2018. Chito S. Roño's, Signal Rock, which is about a brother helping out his OFW sister, is on its way to the 91st Academy Awards as the Philippines' entry under the Foreign Film category. And now, Perci Intalan's Distance will be heading to the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival as the official entry of the Philippines for its Asian Future Section. The film premiered in August as one of the entries of the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival


Distance tells the story of a family whose mother Liza (Iza Calzado) returns after being absent for five years. Still grieving over losing the love of her life, she was asked to come back by her estranged husband (Nonie Buencamino). But her two daughters (Therese Malvar and Alessandra Malonzo) are wary and unsure. The film, written by Keavy Eunice Vicente, was nominated for Cinemalaya's Balanghai Award and it earned Malvar the award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2016, the Philippines' entry to the Tokyo International Film Festival's Asian Future Section—Mikhail Red's Birdshotwent on to win the award for Best Film.

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The Tokyo International Film Festival is happening from October 26 to November 3. The winner of the competition will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 2. 

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