27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Elvert Bañares
original title: Banal
running time: 8 min.
synopsisThis darkly lyrical prayer for forgiveness is the first Filipino short film to win the Best Independent Film Award from the Regions from the Cultural Center of the Philippines. An associative sequence of cemetery and religious motifs, based on a dark and shadowy contrast of light and shadow, follows the specter of a woman confessing her sins at her own grave.
biographyElvert Bañares is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist who has been working in independent film for over thirty years. Since 1993 he has focused on experimental cinema, and in 2008 he switched to feature film and documentary filmmaking. He is the founder CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival and the current Festival Director of Bakunawa Festival, the Philippines' first fantastic film festival.
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