Directed by: Shireen Seno
Script: Shireen Seno
DOP: Albert Banzon, Jippy Pascua & Dennese Victoria
Cast: Jana Agoncillo, Angge Santos, Sid Lucero, Cocoy Lumbao
Late 1988, post-dictatorship Philippines. Eight year-old Yael, shy to a fault, lives in her own private world. Left to her own devices while her mother assembles shoes at the local shoe factory, Yael cooks miniature meals for herself, sometimes forgetting about leftovers for dinner in the fridge. In the evenings, she cuts her mother’s white hair for 25 centavos a strand while they watch soap operas on television. Yael only knows her father through his voice through voice letters in the form of cassette tapes which he sends back every now and then from Saudi Arabia.
Shireen Seno (1983, Japan) was born in Tokyo to a Filipino family. She studied architecture and film studies at the University of Toronto. Her photo and video work has been shown in various galleries. Her debut film, Big Boy (2012) screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam and won the prize for Best First Film at the Festival de Cine Lima Independiente in 2013. She is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2014 and Oberhausen Seminar 2015.
Nervous Translation is her second feature.
NETPAC Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2018