News and Notes on Encounters in Filmmaking
“Through his (Reyboy’s) testimony Atienza reveals not just the details of a young boy’s mind, but those of a whole generation faced with a transformative force they can’t avoid and the nostalgia of leaving it all behind.”
“Reyboy, 12 ans, va bientôt quitter son village natal de Karihatag pour aller à l’école en ville. Reyboy aime la mer, le bruit constant des vagues dans ses oreilles et regarder vers le l’horizon qui s’étend devant ses yeux. La petite communauté dans laquelle vit sa famille subit stoïquement les défis de la pauvreté, de la surpêche et de l’exode rural.”
“Can you recollect the last summer of your childhood? What images, tastes, sounds do you remember? Who did you spend it with? For Reyboy, the main character in Last Days at Sea, the answers to these questions might be recorded not only in his memory but also on camera.”
Venice Atienza on finding friendship as well as
capturing a story in Last Days At Sea.
“Worrying for what tomorrow may bring is vital, but Atienza telling us to focus on the present, to try to gaze at the things life’s harshness often obscures from our sights, deepens the slippery Filipino idea of what hope and what connects to it is, with tempered sweetness and bitterness
rendering it familiar once again to our sights through empathy.”
In this interview, section head Maryanne Redpath talks about the multi-faceted worlds young people are experiencing today and explains how important it is to pay attention to the seemingly small things.
“Last Days by the Sea” is a film about saying goodbye and growing up. Like the little hermit crab that Reyboy holds in his hand, the boy grows out of his shell and has to look for a new one. “That’s tough,” says Reyboy and laughs.
Syndicado officially becomes “Last Days at Sea”s sales agents
“Ein sehr schöner, einfühlsamer Film über diese
Umbruchsituation des Jungen.”
We got the chance to speak to Ariel Baska
about Last Days at Sea and the process of Film Making.
Click here to listen to the full conversation.
“The tantalising glimpses into life in a remote fishing village
in the Philippines acts as a perfect and evocative backdrop
for director Venice Atienza’s engaging and absorbing debut film, which follows 12 year-old Reyboy as he spends his final summer before leaving to study in the city.”
“When I Watch the Film, I Feel That These Are the People That I Met”
“Atienza’s camera approaches life in this community, showing Reyboys the last few days before he has to relocate to the mainland to go to high school.”
“Atienza and Reyboy are buddies, and the warmth of their friendship glows through almost every conversation they have.”
“Last Days at Sea” wins DMZ Docs Excellent Project Award at the DMZ Industry Rough Cut Lab
“Last Days at Sea” Wins at Docs by The Sea Editing Lab 2019
“Under the Stars” Wins IDFAcademy Award for Most Promising Project at Docs by The Sea 2018