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Blanka (first feature)

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Blanka

Blanka

original title:

BLANKA

directed by:

cast:

Cydel Gabutero, Peter Millari, Jomar Bisuyo, Raymond Camacho, Ruby Ruiz

cinematography:

Takeyuki Onishi

editing:

Ben Tolentino

set design:

Mimi Sanson Viola

costume design:

Armi Kushella Sanson-­Lluch

music:

Aska Matsumiya, Alberto Bof and Francis de Veyra

production:

Dorje Film, Simple Truth, with the support of Biennale College Cinema

world sales:

country:

Italy/Japan

year:

2015

film run:

75'

format:

colour

festival & awards:

Blanka makes her living on the street of Manila from small thefts and tricks. She dreams of saving enough money to “buy” a mom. When she meets talented Peter, a blind gambling musician, her life takes an unexpected direction. They decide to join forces in order to face everyday struggles. Thanks to Peter, Blanka discovers to be a talented singer and, more importantly, understands that money cannot buy the love of a person.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES:
Does the idea of buying a mother with money exist in this modern society? You never see such a phenomenon in developed countries and rich countries, nor in a city like Manila where this story takes place. Child Adoption and slavery exist in the world. I believe both child adoption and slavery comes from financial and economic reasons and circumstances of society. But the perspective of a child is never taken into consideration. Are child adoption and slavery something that were born from the strain of this society and viewed from one-­‐ sided point of view of an adult? The concept of this movie was birthed from these concerns I’ve always had.