Pinoy film Busong premieres in Cannes International Film Festival next month

<em>Ang Pagdadalaga</em> director Auraeus Solito’s latest project stars Alessandra de Rossi as a woman who cannot walk.

Busong teaser


( Dubbed the first Palawanon indigenous film, Busong (Palawan Fate) will have its world premiere in the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival next month, as one of the 21 featured films in the Directors’ Fortnight category.

Directed by Auraeus Solito, Busong is about the Palawan concept of fate or instant karma. According to Quinzaine des Realisateurs, it follows the journey of Punay, a woman who cannot walk due to the wounds on her feet she was born with, and her brother Angkarang, who carries her through a hammock as he searches for a healer who can cure her.


Alessandra de Rossi in Busong


The film stars Clifford Banagle, Alessandra de Rossi, Dax Alejandro, Bonivie Budao and Rodrigo Santikan, reports Manila Bulletin. Solito told Manila Bulletin that Busong is part of a trilogy on Palawan, his hometown, and that the other two are set in the past (Delubyo) and the future (Sumbang).

Solito said his mother, who hails from Puring in Southern Palawan, inspired him. "She told me the stories and myths of her homeland when I was a kid. I grew up imagining this world of shamans and magic, of spells and golden sea turtles, of shape shifters and stick-like demons," he told Manila Bulletin. "I am happy that I have finally realized some of her images for Busong. Also, the world premiere of the movie is on May 16 which is actually my mom’s birthday."


Solito also directed Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros) and Tuli (Circumcision).

For more on this story, log on to Manila Bulletin and Quinzaine des Realisateurs.

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