LAST DAYS AT SEA
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.
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.
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Countries of production: Philippines, Taiwan
Year of production: 2021
Length: 75 mins.
Languages: Bisaya, Tagalog
Director: Venice Atienza
Katrin Maria Escay
Produced by: Svemirko Film Productions
Ninjadog Studios Inc.
Svemirko Audiovisual Art Productions
Anna Magdalena Silva Schlenker
Katrin Maria Escay
Colorist: Mahak Gupta
Sound Design: Yannick Dauby
Re-recording mixer: Cheng Chou
Re-recording studio: Seismic Soundlab Ltd.
Voice over recoding Studio: Island City Studio
Associate Producer: Claire Labadlabad
Production Manager: Jennifer Lagman
IDFA Bertha Fund Classic 2019
BODA Media Group
Docs By The Sea 2018 & 2019
IDFA Project Space 2020
Visions du Réel 2020
Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum 2020