Eight-year-old Yael is shy and not always at ease. She prefers writing letters to performing dances for her applauding Filipino family. She listens endlessly to the cassette tapes recorded by her father, who is spending years away from home working in Riyadh. Her uncle, a rock star with the band The Futures, acts as something of a surrogate father. When she hears an advertisement for a pen that will give her a 'wonderful life', she decides to spend all her savings on this miracle pen.
CAST & CREW
John Torres, Ronald Arguelles
Director of Photography
Albert Banzon, Jippy Pascua, Dennese Victoria
John Torres, Shireen Seno
Jana Agoncillo, Angge Santos, Sid Lucero.
Los Otros Films Creative Programs
Shireen Seno 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. She has worked with filmmakers such as Lav Diaz and John Torres, for whom she took stills. Her debut film Big Boy (2012) screened at IFFR and won the Prize for Best First Film at the Festival de Cine Lima Independiente in 2013. Nervous Translation is her second feature.
Big Boy (2012), Nervous Translation (2018).