Nervous Translation

featuring

Ana Agoncillo, Angge Santos, Sid Lucero, Amos Dy-Liacco Calaguas,

Eight-year-old Yael spends time after school doing homework, quizzing a friend over the phone, and preparing miniscule meals on a doll’s stove. She also illicitly plays back, memorizes, and reenacts the cassettes that her father, working abroad, sends to her mother. Set in Manila in the late 1980s, on the cusp of typhoon Insang, Nervous Translation brilliantly illustrates the child’s perception of the world, keeping the camera low to align with her point of view and lingering on details often overlooked by adults. This is an exquisitely subtle and unerring depiction of the delicate world of childhood.

Kate MacKay
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Shireen Seno
Cinematographer
  • Albert Banzon
  • Jippy Pascua
  • Dennese Victoria
Language
  • Filipino
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 90 mins
Source
  • Cinema One Originals