Mikhail Red’s ‘Birdshot’ receives positive reviews; opens to cinemas this Aug. 16

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THE movie is a coming-of-age thriller that tells the story of a young farm girl who wanders off into a Philippine forest reserve.

Deep within the reservation, she mistakenly shoots and kills a critically endangered and protected Philippine Eagle.

As the local authorities begin a manhunt to attack down the project of a national board with investigation leads them to an even more horrific discovery.

Directed by Mikhail Red, in the cast are Mary Joy Apostol as Maya, Arnold Reyes as Domingo, John Arcilla as Mendoza and Ku Aquino as Diego.

Birdshot made its world debut at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival and bagged the Best Picture Award in the Asian Future Film section.

The film has made the rounds in the international filmfest circuit -South Korea, Belgium, Thailand, Sweden, Laos and Lithuania.

It made its premiere in this year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival as the official opening film. And the moviegoing public will have its chance to catch its commercial run at the first Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) 2017 starting on August 16, 2017 in cinemas weeklong where Filipino films will be exclusively screened.

When it opened in Cinemalaya, people who trooped to CCP had good words and reviews.

The executive producers of the film, Fernando Ortigas, E.A. Rocha and their co-producers in TBA Studios Maricris Calilung and Vincent Nebrida partnered with Globe Studios who is co-marketing the film with Quark Henares, the Head saying “It’s a film that deserves to find its audience, that’s why I love it!”

To quote a review from Variety Magazine a few days ago,  “Tenderness and brutality exist side-by-side in “Birdshot,” the impressive second feature by young Filipino filmmaker Mikhail Red (“Rekorder”). Intertwining the stories of a farm girl who unwittingly kills a protected bird and an idealistic rookie cop who succumbs to corruption during a missing persons investigation, Red delivers a compelling study in the loss of innocence while also offering potent commentary on the state of things in the Philippines,” wrote reviewer Richard Kuipers.

Joe Caliro, SVP of Globe Telecom Retail only has this to say, “Don’t be part of the “I told you so” crowd. Be at the Cinemas on the first three days-August 16, 17 and 18!”

One movie to reckon with. And they’ve got only 66 theaters!

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