Early 20th century Philippines. The sounds of war signal the arrival of the Americans. An aging mother and her son flee to the mountains, hoping for a quiet life. One day, the son discovers a wounded woman in the middle of the forest, and decides to bring her home. Years pass. The man, the rescued woman and their child live in total isolation from the growing chaos all over the country. But a coming storm soon threatens their existence, and American troops draw nearer …

Director’s note
The American occupation in the Philippines revolves around disappearances. Unaccounted deaths occurred in the many villages where invading troops had settled in. The mysterious disappearances of Filipinos have affected many lives. This is the real disappearance of the times: a void of emotions and affection for the missing and people’s suspended feelings for their loved ones.

World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2009, Un Certain Regard

Key festivals and awards
Toronto International Film Festival 2009
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2009
Pusan International Film Festival 2009
Golden Kinnaree, Bangkok International Film Festival 2009
Grand Jury Prize, Cinemanila International Film Festival 2009

Philippines, 2009
Director: Raya Martin
Producers: Cinematografica (Philippines), Atopic (France), Volya Films (The Netherlands), Razor Film (Germany)
German WCF partner: Razor Film
World sales: Memento (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in October 2008
Funding amount: 50.000 €