MANILA - Cinema One Originals 2017 entry "Si Chedeng at Si Apple" will compete in Europe's largest film festival dedicated to Asian cinema.
The black comedy, starring veteran actresses Gloria Diaz and Elizabeth Oropesa, is vying for top honors at the 20th Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy.
The film follows the lives of Chedeng (Diaz) and Apple (Oropesa) who go to Cebu to chase after the former's one true love.
"Honored" was how co-director and writer Fatrick Tabada described the film's inclusion in the prestigious festival.
"It's more than the team could have ever hoped for," he told ABS-CBN News. "It's a validation of sorts for fledgling filmmakers like me."
Co-director Rae Red also echoed the same sentiment.
"It means a lot that the festival liked our film enough... We hope to be inspired and come home with more vigor to write and create more films," she said.
Before making their first feature, Tabada and Red wrote critical darlings "Patay Na Si Hesus" and "Birdshot" respectively.
Both directors said the 20th Far East Film Festival marks the international premiere of "Si Chedeng at Si Apple" following its limited release at Ayala Malls cinemas in November last year.
During the Cinema One Originals Film Festival, the film won best supporting actress for Mae Paner and special jury citation "for its humorous critique on Filipino macho culture and discourse on the emancipation of gender and age."
Two other Filipino films - Raya Martin's "Smaller and Smaller Circles" and Loy Arcenas' "Ang Larawan" - will also compete in the festival that runs from April 20 to 28.