Philippine Daily Inquirer
Bela Padilla starrer ‘Mañanita’ to compete in Tokyo film fest
Actress Bela Padilla i sn ow busy packing her bags for an 11-day trip to Tokyo, Japan.
The actress will attend the coming 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), where the film “Mañanita” which she headlines is the country’s representative tot he Mai nc ompetition section.
“I honestly don’t know how many bags I’ll be bringing. I’m the type of person who gets cold easily an d it will be the end of autumn in tokyo when I get there ,” she told the Inquirer, adding that she also doesn’ t know wha tto expect fro m her second TIFF experience.
Bela’s first participation in the TIFF was in 2016 for Ivan Andrew Payawal’s “I America,” which competed in the Asian Future category.
“It’s a blessing to beg oing there, but also a challenge, because we’re the only Philippine representative an do nly one of two Asian films in the main competition,” Bela said a tt he recent launch of the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) finalist sa tt he Club Filipino.
(Bela, who was one of the hosts of the MMFF launch, is also part of one film entry—nu el Naval’s “Miracle in Cell #7,” also starring Aga Muhlach.)
In Paul Soriano’s “Mañanita,” she plays a former military sniper who accepts a life changing mission in an at- tempt to make both ends meet.
“I don’t have any expectations this time. I learned from myf irs tti mea tt he TIFF that during networking nights, you will meet al oto f director sand producer swh o will ask if you’d be interested in collaborating o nap roject with them abroad. I was very loyal to the film company that sent me there,” Bela recalled. “This time around, to Viva Films and Ten 17p Films. If I meet people whom I can work within the future, then that’s a blessing, too.”
Asid ef rom “Mañanita,” six other films an do ne TV series from the Philippines will be screened invarious sections of this year’ s edition of the TIFF. The festival will be held from Oct .28 to No v.5 in Japan.