Kun Maupay Man It Panahon, the tragic film starring Daniel Padilla and Charo Santos-Concio, has been chosen as a competing entry to this year's Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).
The movie, with the international title Whether the Weather Is Fine, is competing at the festival's Asian Feature Film Competition category, against other entries from countries such as Egypt, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Iran, Hong Kong, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Indonesia.
"In this moving dilemma between staying and leaving, we are left laughing with our eyes wet," the festival's site says of the Weather film.
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon, according to its official synopsis, follows the story of a mother and her son who, in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda, "struggle for survival and deal with absurdity of fate, sustained by the hope that they carry, and what is lost and gained."
The movie is directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad, whose short film, Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, was nominated in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2017.
In an earlier statement, Carlo, who was born in Tacloban, the hardest-hit city by Typhoon Yolanda, said that Kun Maupay Man It Panahon "expresses an understanding of a devastation that has changed a community and humanity as a whole."
"It is a commentary in the form of a satire, and deals with the absurd generation we have become today," he added.
The movie is a joint project of Dreamscape, iWant, Quantum Films, Black Sheep, and Globe Studios, with international partner studios in France, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, and Qatar.
Prior to SGIFF, Kun Maupay Man It Panahon had been chosen as a competing entry in film festivals in Hawaii, Iraq, London, Mexico, Chicago, and Bucharest in Romania.
It also previously competed in the prestigious Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, where it bagged a special award—the Cinema e Gioventù Prize, which is given by designated youth juries called to evaluate the official film entries to the festival.
The SGIFF will run from November 25 to December 5.