Kun Maupay Man It Panahon, the film starring Charo Santos and Daniel Padilla, made its world premiere on Monday, August 9, in Locarno, Switzerland.
The movie, with the international title Whether the Weather Is Fine, is participating in this year's Locarno Film Festival as a competing entry in its Concorso Cineasti del presente or Filmmakers of the Present Competition.
The program offers a selection of first and second feature films—primarily world premieres—directed by emerging global talents.
Ahead of its world premiere, producer Black Sheep posted on its social media pages a photo of the film's director Carlo Francisco Manatad and actress Rans Rifol all dressed up for the said festival.
The film’s official Instagram account also shared a photo of the team at the premiere
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."
Carlo, who was born in Tacloban, the hardest-hit city by Typhoon Yolanda, said the film "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, and Germany.
After its world premiere, Kun Maupay Man It Panahon will be making its North American premier at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The film will be screened under the festival's Contemporary World Cinema section, and is the lone Philippine production in this year's lineup.
The TIFF is taking place from September 9 to 18.