Pinoy short film ‘Grasya’ competes in Tunisia

GRASYA production team with mentor Seymour Sanchez

A short film, which is about a political family trying to make use of their household help’s pregnancy to bolster the patriarch’s campaign, will compete in the WOW International Film Festival at the Maison De Culture Ibn Zaydoun in Tunisia from March 2 to 8, 2020.

“Grasya,” a film directed by recent Far Eastern University Communication graduate Audrey Vicencio, has been officially selected out of 3,150 films from 119 countries that the film festival has received.

GRASYA cinematographer Andrew Kyle Aquino and director Audrey Vicencio

In the film, which was produced as a requirement for their Cinema Production or CNM2 class, the family matriarch (Tanie Lambohon Capiral) finds out that their housekeeper (Hannah Pelobello) is pregnant. The latter claims that she is pregnant with God’s child. The family plans to use her as part of their election campaign amid the protest of their eldest son (AJ Sison). Pelobello and Sison are both members of the FEU Theater Guild. The late Anjo Padilla played the role of the patriarch in one of his last films.

“The whole experience was an experiment. The story itself was far from ordinary. It challenged me in terms of how I will show the story in a way that ‘this’ can happen or ‘what if’ it is happening,” Vicencio, who also served as Chief Photographer of the school’s official student publication FEU Advocate, shared.

GRASYA director Audrey Vicencio giving directions

“To add a concept that the household is a metaphor of the government here in the Philippines pushed me to dig deeper in their characterization and to show it as realistic as possible,” the filmmaker added.

Vicencio collaborated with her CNM2 classmates, director of photography, editor, storyboard artist and colorist Andrew Kyle Aquino, producer and production manager Shaina Xena Legaspi, writer and assistant director Patricia Rigodon, assistant camerawoman Ramri Rivota, production designers Maurich Macatangay, Donita Borre, Melbrick Renz Morillo, Valerie Ann Manalo and Diospyrus Levi Barros, casting directors Yvonne Baltazar and Barros, and script continuity supervisor Angelica Altera.

Festival director Elmahdi Souissi revealed that the organizers want “to project films around the theme of women” to honor them through the event.

Apart from being an opportunity to meet filmmakers and producers from different nationalities, the event also aims to promote art and cultural tourism to build a way for the future film collaborations.

The film festival will award the Best Feature Film, Best Short Fiction Film, Best Direction for Fiction Film, Best Documentary, Best Animation and other prizes.

“Grasya” also competed at the Josiah Media Festival in San Antonio, Texas, USA last October 17, Africa International Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria last November 10, and The Lift-Off Sessions in Pinewood Studios last December 8.