‘John Denver Trending’ is the first Filipino film to be widely released in South Korea

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Kristofer Purnell – Philstar.com

November 17, 2022 | 8:54

MANILA, Philippines — The 2019 Cinemalaya Best Picture winner “John Denver Trending” will have commercial screenings across South Korea, a first for a Filipino film.

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) made the announcement by releasing an alternative Korean poster of the film.

The organization said “John Denver Trending” will begin its Korean theatrical run on November 23 in CGV, Lotte Cinema and Megabox in major cities.

In the same announcement post, the FDCP detailed how director and screenwriter Arden Rod Condez received 15 awards at global film festivals for the film, including an invitation to the New Currents competition section of the 24th International Film Festival. Busan movie.

At the 2019 Cinemalay Film Festival, “John Denver Trending” also won Best Actor for its debut and lead actor Jansen Magpusao, Best Original Song, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and the NETPAC Jury Prize.

“Proclaiming Deaf Voices”

In a message to Philstar.comCondez expressed his gratitude for his film’s wide release in South Korea three years after its premiere in the Philippines, and hopes it will encourage fellow local filmmakers to consider international distribution.

“No matter how local and specific the stories are, they can still capture the interest of international audiences because the emotions will always be universal,” Condez said.

The director added that the Korea-wide release of “John Denver Trending” is proof that regional films with a limited budget can go a long way.

Condez also said stories like the one he tells in his film, about a young boy being bullied after a post went viral, need to be heard more.

“Now more than ever, in the age of fake news and historical revisionism, we need stories that tell the truth and proclaim the often muffled voices of masa,” Condez concluded. “Philippine audiences, along with the rest of the world, need to see our stories on the big screen.”

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