Big Boy (2011) | SEA of Sadness

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Big Boy (2011)
Director: Shireen Seno
Runtime: 89 minutes
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino, Tagalog with English subtitles
Rating: Rating NC16 (Sexual Scene)

21 Aug, Wed - 8PM

Lima Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine 2013

Set in 1950s Philippines, Big Boy is an unconventional coming-of-age tale about Julio, a boy whose family forces him to grow up—not emotionally, but physically. So that their growth serum business may flourish, Julio’s family grooms him into its poster boy by routinely dosing him with the stuff (really just fish oil), stretching his body from both ends every day, and having him stand in the sun in a crucifix-like pose. Shot on Super 8, this imaginary home movie upends the interrelated notions of Philippine national progress and the close-knit Filipino family by rendering them as myths, the film’s aura of faux nostalgia being suggestive of the violence in those attempts to affirm them as real.

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About SEA of Sadness
2- 28 Aug | Oldham Theatre

With more than 20 years’ experience working on Southeast Asian cinema as a senior programmer at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Gertjan Zuilhof has developed close relationships with many of the region’s filmmakers and affinities with their works. The SEA of Sadness programme is a culmination of his curatorial experience. Previously presented at the 2018 edition of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, the programme is now being presented for the first time in Southeast Asia at the Asian Film Archive.

The films selected for the programme include classic masterpieces as well as contemporary work from promising young directors; both feature-length films and shorts; and works of all genres, ranging from “pure” documentary to fiction films and experimental videos. These films represent the high quality of original work produced in Southeast Asia over the last two decades.

The sadness indicated in the title of the programme does not mean only that the films are concerned with sadness as an emotion, but also that they are sensitive, personal, and made with genuine feeling, delving deep into the memories and hopes of the people in the countries they were made in.
Wed Aug 21, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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