The Diary – Encounters in Filmmaking
This is where we keep all the news and reviews of our films.
The films in the Generation selection are an open invitation to go beyond obvious, dominant or loud gestures and to take a closer look beneath the surface.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Atienza and Reyboy are buddies,
and the warmth of their friendship
glows through almost every conversation they have.”