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ENCORE PRESENTATION: ISLANDS

Canada202194 minTagalog, English with English subtitlesOntario PremiereDrama, Family

Due to popular demand, we're screening ISLANDS once again, for free on the last night of our 25th anniversary festival at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema at 4PM ET. Tickets must be reserved in advance with a limit of 2 per person. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Martin Edralin, producer Priscilla Galvez, and actors from the film.

Shy, sheltered, middle-aged Joshua lives with his elderly parents and is desperately lonely as he longs for a wife. When he’s suddenly forced into a caretaking role for his family, Joshua goes further adrift into isolation, and his Scarborough bungalow feels like a prison. Help arrives unexpectedly when his cousin Marisol flies in from overseas to help—except now, Joshua finds himself confronted with emotions and experiences he’s never had before.

On the surface, Joshua’s anxieties around loneliness may seem bleak, but writer and director Martin Edralin treats him with a warm affection, showing the challenges and humour imbued in everyday life, as he learns to take new chances. Cutting vegetables, taking a shower, and walking down the stairs all take on new meaning through finely tuned performances, and Edralin’s observant eye toward everyday life at home. And amid a year-plus of our collective pandemic-induced isolation, Islands is a hopeful and humanist story that reminds us the importance of stepping outside.

- Aram Siu Wai Collier

 

Cast

Rogelio Balagtas

Sheila Lotuaco

Esteban Comilang

Pablo S.J. Quiogue

Vangie Alcasid

 

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION

South by Southwest, 2021

Calgary International Film Festival, 2021

Vancouver International Film Festival, 2021

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2021

 

AWARDS

Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance, South by Southwest, 2021

RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Award, Calgary International Film Festival, 2021
Special Jury Mention – Best Emerging Canadian Director, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2021
Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2021

Director Bio

Martin Edralin

Martin Edralin is a Filipino Canadian, Toronto-based filmmaker. His first short film, Hole (2014), won the grand prize at Clermont-Ferrand, jury prizes at Locarno and Seattle, and screened at Sundance, TIFF, and BFI London. His second short, Emma (2016), was selected in TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten and won Best Live Action Short at the Rhode Island IFF. Islands is his debut feature film.

Rating

PG

19 NOV, 2021 

Doors at 3:30 PM

Screening: ISLANDS at 4:00 PM

PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION AND GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO ID SHOWING DATE OF BIRTH WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ADMITTANCE. MASKING WILL BE REQUIRED IN ALL PUBLIC AREAS.

With the support of

Community Supporter

fu-GEN Theatre Company

Accessibility

This presentation has English subtitles.

This presentation does not have captions.

ASL interpretation is available for the film intro, and Q&A.

ONLINE SCREENING: ISLANDS

Watch ISLANDS online from anywhere in Canada from November 10-19!

Shy, sheltered, middle-aged Joshua lives with his elderly parents and is desperately lonely as he longs for a wife. When he’s suddenly forced into a caretaking role for his family, Joshua goes further adrift into isolation, and his Scarborough bungalow feels like a prison. Help arrives unexpectedly when his cousin Marisol flies in from overseas to help—except now, Joshua finds himself confronted with emotions and experiences he’s never had before.

Nov 10 - 19

Arrow Link
A film still from Islands of a man standing alone in a bright airport terminal in front of a large window. He has black hair and tan skin.

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