There’s another Filipino film making it big on the international stage: Paolo Villaluna’s film Pedicab (local title: Pauwi Na) was just awarded the Golden Goblet Award for best feature film at the recently held 20th Shanghai International Film Festival.
Pedicab tells the story of a family who decides to go home to their home province via pedicab when they experience difficulties in Metro Manila. The film stars Cherry Pie Picache, Bembol Roco, Meryll Soriano, Chai Fonacier, Jerald Napoles and Jess Mendoza.
It originally screened at the ToFarm Film Festival in 2016, where it won six awards. At the Shanghai International Film Festival, it beat 13 other entries from around the world.
Pedicab was selected by a jury of the leading names in film, led by the Palme d’Or-winning Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu. The director said of Pedicab: “For the humanism and universality of the story, for the simplicity of the style and realization — for the non-conformism with which it represented our desire to believe that there is a sense in this universe, the award for the best film goes to Pedicab, from the Philippines.”
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