Intentionally forcing the Filipinos to confront its current state while unapologetically showcasing a different Philippines to the international community, Suerte goes to Busan International Film Festival as the only Filipino film nominated for the Wide Angle category.
Suerte, meaning luck in Filipino, takes on a different translation when two amateur filmmakers come together to create a documentary on the local drug trade happening on their street.
Their investigation dangerously borders obsession as they delve deeper into the inner workings of what they thought was only small-time drug dealing. Scaling down the political and social turmoil of the Philippines down to one street, Suerte, the unlucky pair were thrown into the harsh yet hidden reality of Filipinos today.
In 2015, Suerte was only meant to be a thesis film for director and then student Carlo Fajarda, who pulled friends in to help him accomplish it; in 2017, it has become a film that confronts Filipinos with the reality of the present administration while keeping in mind the genuine and honest driving force supposedly behind it.
When asked about the message of the film, Comm&Sense, Inc.’s Doodle Logic Head and Suerte’s cinematographer Phillipe Quintos described it as a gift to the Filipinos.
“Gusto namin makita ang mga reaction ng mga tao sa nangyari tapos kung ano ang gusto nila gawin about it. In a way, para siyang regalo, binigay na namin siya sainyo, kung ano gusto niyo gawin about it, bahala na kayo. Basta pinakita lang namin in the most direct way possible.”
Busan International Film Festival is a hallmark film festival in Asia. Its focus on promoting and championing Asian films makes it the perfect platform to do just this.
Fajarda and Quintos along with their executive producers, Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew force us to look into an ugly reflection. But more than this, they challenge us as a nation to keep looking and searching for something to do about it.
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