MANILA, Philippines – The Film Academy of the Philippines has selected Hannah Espia’s “Transit” as the country’s entry to next year’s Oscars, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Espia’s directorial debut won Best Film in the New Breed category of the 2013 Cinemalaya Film Festival, and also took home for acclaimed stage-screen actress Irma Adlawan and actress-model Jasmine Curtis-Smith the awards of Best Actress and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively.
The cast was also awarded a special citation for ensemble acting, and Espia – a seasoned screenwriter, film editor, assistant director, and producer before this directorial debut – bagged the editing prize together with Benjamin Tolentino.
Besides Adlawan and Curtis-Smith, the cast includes Ping Medina, Mercedes Cabral, and precocious child actor Marc Justine Alvarez.
According to the Inquirer report, the FAP’S special committee – an 8-member body which decides the country’s annual entry for consideration to the Foreign-Language Film category of the Academy Awards (a.k.a. the Oscars) – decided to send “Transit” to the Oscars on Tuesday night, September 17.
At Cinemalaya, the film was cited for “its highly competent use of the language of cinema to paint the challenging world of the Filipino OFW in the Middle East.”
As a qualifying picture for any international film event, “Transit,’ set in Israel, is in Filipino, English, and Hebrew.
Here’s the trailer of ‘Transit’: