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OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION: ISLANDS

Canada202194 minTagalog, English with English subtitlesOntario PremiereDrama, Family

Our Opening Night presentation is the in-person screening of ISLANDS on November 10 at 7:30pm at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Guests in attendance include director Martin Edralin, and cast members Sheila Lotuaco and Esteban Comilang. Vangie Alcasid and Pablo S.J. Quiogue will be available for the media call and will participate in the Q&A.

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.

Pre-screening performance by Ricky Tillo, 7PM

Ricky Tillo is a guitarist and producer from Toronto, Canada. Currently he is one of the touring guitarists for Lady Gaga and his own project thebandknives.

Writing and performing credits include Lady Gaga, August Rigo, DVSN, Kehlani, Gowan, Esthero, Miguel, SATE, Divine Brown, Melanie Durrant.

Rating

PG

10 NOV, 2021 

Doors at 6:30 PM

Pre-screening performance at 7:00PM

Screening: ISLANDS at 7:30 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 is presented with Closed Captions.

This venue uses Captiview technology to present Closed Captions. Please contact boxoffice@hotdocs.ca to arrange this accommodation.

 ASL interpretation is available for the opening ceremony, 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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