Max Tessier (Philippine/France) - Chairperson
Jeffrey Jeturian (Philippine)
Ashley Ratnavibhushana (Sri Lanka)
A woman fights for her soul in the belly of the city.
Biring (Nora Aunor) is a foul -mouthed woman who works for Vivian, her towns mate in Bicol Province. Vivian operates a human trafficking agency controlled by a powerful syndicate. But Biring seems no evil, hears no evil. She cares only for herself.
But when she is framed up for a murder committed by Vivian, she is forced to control realities. She experiences the slow grind of justice in the Philippines. She learns of the corrupt practices of the powerful syndicate behind Vivian. And she realizes the utter helplessness of it all.
Gerald, her enterprise lawyer, is correct... in a society like ours, you have two choices... to be a victim or a victimizer.
She makes her choice.
She lets Gerald transform her, like a Pygmalion. She goes through a slow but steady descent into corruption and evil. Until in the end, she is finally like Vivian herself.
Congratulations to Bong Joon-ho The victory of Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, at the 92nd Academy Awards (aka the Oscars), is a clear sign of global change. The history of cinema is being written on our eyes! For the first time, the most prestigious cinema awards were given to one film - the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film festival, the Best Asian film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Oscars. For the first time, we see such unanimous acclaim of one film. Read More...