A magical-realist tale of the fantastical world dreamed up by a girl left to her own devices in her Manila home.
8-year-old Yael, shy to a fault, is often left at home by her parents. Her father works abroad in Saudi Arabia and her mother is always exhausted after long hours assembling shoes at a local factory. Most of Yael’s time is spent in a fantasy world of her making, obsessing over everyday items—particularly tape recordings made by her father for her mother. When a typhoon threatens to hit Manila, Yael deals with it the only way she knows how: buying a magic pen that will solve all her problems.
Charming audiences wherever it has screened, Shireen Seno’s beautifully woven, delightfully precocious drama set in a post-Marcos Philippines celebrates all the quirks and little wisdoms in children as they try to make sense of the uncompromising, humdrum world around them.
Cast & Credits
Shireen Seno was born to a Filipino family in Japan, where she spent her childhood. Prior to making her debut feature, Big Boy (2012), which premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Seno shot production stills for Lav Diaz and John Torres. Since its premiere, her second feature, Nervous Translation, has collected numerous awards internationally.
John Torres, Ronal Arguelles
Jana Agoncillo, Angge Santos, Sid Lucero
*NETPAC Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
*Asian New Talent Award – Best Script Writer, Shanghai International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Taipei Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Seattle International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Melbourne International Film Festival 2018