“Signal Rock” is the Philippines’ official entry to Oscars 2019
Following its auspicious run at the recently wrapped Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Festival), Chito S. Roño’s film, “Signal Rock”, has been selected as the Philippines’ official Best Foreign Language Film entry to the 2019 Academy Awards. Regal Films, the studio behind the film, confirmed the news via Facebook.
As I’ve put it in my festival dispatch during PPP 2018, “Signal Rock” is “a stirring drama about Filipino diaspora and a heart-rending ode both to those who leave home and those who are left behind.”
“Tuwang-tuwa kami. Hindi namin akalain na kami ang mapipili sa dami nang isinabmit. Pero ang ‘Signal Rock,’ passion project ko ‘yon. It’s very close to my heart. Everything that’s happening, even the international film fest, it’s really an honor. But to be chosen to be the one to represent us (Filipinos) sa Academy sa Amerika — although submission pa lang ito — sobrang honored na siyempre kasi among the other films we were chosen,” Roño said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
The film’s title comes from tall rock formations which, in the ’90’s, people would climb to get better cell reception. Christian Bables plays Intoy, an islander who journeys the eponymous rocks to speak with his sister who lives in Finland.
After this submission, “Signal Rock” will be considered by a screening committee along with other entries from different countries. From that pool, only five will be selected as nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film.
The nominees will be announced on January 22nd next year, almost a month away from the culminating ceremonies which will happen on February 24th, 2019.
Check out the film’s trailer below.
“Signal Rock” is also slated to make its rounds in the festival circuit in film fests in Korea, Vietnam, and more.