Local horror film “In My Mother’s Skin” picked as one of the titles to premiere at the Midnight section of Sundance 2023.
Another feat for the local Philippine cinema has been achieved by Kenneth Lim Dagatan’s horror flick “In My Mother’s Skin,” after the film has been selected as one of the titles to premiere at the Midnight section of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.
Starring Beauty Gonzalez and Jasmine Curtis-Smith, the movie revolves around a young girl played by Felicity Kyle Napuli, without any other choice, trusted Jasmine Curtis-Smith’s character, a flesh-eating fairy, in honor of her “duty to protect her dying mother” while trapped in an isolated mansion during the waning days of World War II.
“As a boy who grew up in the province in the Philippines, dreaming, I’m very grateful to be part of Sundance and very excited to share this fairy tale to the world. ‘In My Mother’s Skin’ is my version of a modern fairy tale in a fragmented world, and I look forward to sharing this story to an international audience,” Dagatan said in a statement.
“In My Mother’s Skin” is one of only eight films that will be screened under the Midnight section, which was brought to life as a “special showcase of the most challenging but rewarding experiences from around the world, brought to you at the most arduous hour,” reported Inquirer.
Also stated in the official description, the Midnight section ranges from horror to wild comedies to thrillers that will surely keep the viewers wide awake and clutching at the edge of their seats as proved by the past films showcased in this section which includes “The Blair Witch Project” (1999), “Saw” (2004) and “The Babadook” (2014).
Joining the category are “Birth/Rebirth,” “Infinity Pool,” “My Animal,” “Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls,” “Polite Society,” “Run Rabbit Run,” and “Talk to Me.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled to premiere the film at the Sundance’s Midnight section and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate place for this work to make its first encounter with an international audience. ‘In My Mother’s Skin’ stems from Filipino folklore and cultural motives but it’s also a real example of how Asian creatives can work together to bring their sensibilities and narratives on the international stage,” added Volos Films Ltd., Taiwan CEO Stefano Centini, who is also producer of the movie, together with the Philippines (Epicmedia Productions), Singapore (Clover Films) and Taiwan (Zhao Wei Films and Volos Films Ltd.).
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