Age 12+ (or 6+ when accompanied by an adult guardian), recommended for ages 10 and up
Life on the streets of megacity Manila isn’t easy for eleven-year-old Blanka. But she’s so tough she can even stand up to the boys in the street. Blanka survives off little con jobs. She’s magically attracted to a blind street musician who plays beautiful guitar. They figure they could be a perfect team. So Blanka teaches herself to sing his songs.
Cast: Cydel Gabutero, Peter Millari, Jomar Bisuyo, Raymond Camacho, Ruby Ruiz
Screenplay: Kohki Hasei
Director of Photography: Takeyuki Onishi
Film Editor: Ben Tolentino
Composer: Aska Mastsumiya, Alberto Bof, Francis de Veyra
Production Designer: Mimi Sanson-Viola
Costume Design: Armi Kushella Sanson-Lluch
Sound: Kim Young
Producer: Flaminio Zadra
Production Company: Dorje Film
World Sales: m-appeal world sales
Director: Kohki Hasei
Kohki Hasei was born in 1975 in Okayama, Japan. After graduating from high school, he moved to Tokyo in 1994, where he began working as an artist. In 2001, he shot his first documentary W/O, which screened at Rotterdam Film Festival, the Viennale, the New York Moma festival and Seoul Net Festival, where it won the Digital Express award. Hasei began shooting music and fashion videos in 2003. In 2007, he shot his second film GODOG in Manila, which won first prize at Serbian Küstendorf Festival. BLANKA is his first feature-length film and has already won three international prizes.