LAST DAYS AT SEA

a film by Venice Atienza
Documentary | 75′ | The Philippines, Taiwan
World Sales: Syndicado Film Sales

Reyboy, an adolescent boy, and I, a grown up woman, recognise in each other an affection for the world that unites us. Before he leaves home to study in the city, we spend the last days of summer together, recording the things we hope to remember, before the precious moments of childhood become only memories.

SYNOPSIS

12-year-old Reyboy lives in Karihatag, an isolated fishing village where people share their catch to each other and have managed to build a safe home for fish. Here, every boy grows up to become a fisher. However, at the end of  the summer, when the first raindrop falls, Reyboy has to leave to study in the city. This film is a record of his last summer at home which I spent with him. It is an attempt to freeze time, to hold the fleeting moments of childhood before it turns into memory.

Nothing really happens at the surface. We spend days watching the clouds change shape, and nights looking up at the stars imagining life in the planet Saturn. But slowly, we begin to see the cracks in Reyboy’s paradise. His Uncles reveal that life in the sea becomes more dangerous every year.  As Reyboy says goodbye to his home, we recognise change in stillness. Through the patient encounter between I and Reyboy, we see how the inevitable process of growing up can be faced with both courage and tenderness.

SUPPORTED BY

DMZ Industry - DMZ International Documentary Film Festival
IDFA Bertha Fund
BODA Media Group

DEVELOPED AND PRESENTED AT

CREW

produced by SVEMIRKO FILM PRODUCTIONS, NINJADOG STUDIOS INC. & SVEMIRKO AUDIOVISUAL ART PRODUCTIONS

world sales SYNDICADO FILM SALES

producers FAN WU & VENICE ATIENZA
co-producers KATRIN MARIA ESCAY & MOSHE LADANGA
edited by ANNA MAGDALENA SILVA SCHLENKER & KATRIN MARIA ESCAY
cinematography VENICE ATIENZA & MOSHE LADANGA
associate producer CLARIZ LABADLABAD
production manager JENNIFER LAGMAN
sound design YANNICK DAUBY
re-recording mixer CHOU CHENG
sound recordist FAN WU
colorist MAHAK GUPTA
post-production BRIDGE POSTWORKS
re-recording studio SEISMIC SOUND LAB LTD.
recording studio ISLAND CITY STUDIOS