‘Triangle of Sadness’ premieres at QCinema ahead of Nov. 30 nationwide release

‘Triangle of Sadness’ premieres at QCinema ahead of Nov. 30 nationwide release

TBA Studios is bringing the critically acclaimed satirical dark comedy film Triangle of Sadness to the QCinema International Film Festival 2022, premiering as the festival’s opening film on Nov. 17 at Gateway Cineplex in Quezon City.
 
While the premiere is by invitation, moviegoers can still catch the second screening of Triangle of Sadness during the festival on Nov. 21 at Power Plant Cinema in Rockwell, Makati City.
 
Gracing the premiere is the film’s breakout star, Filipino actress Dolly de Leon, whose noteworthy performance has garnered praise from film critics. De Leon, who plays cleaning lady Abigail, was named by Variety as among the top three contenders for the best-supporting actress category in the Oscars.
 
De Leon elicited cheers and laughter during the third act of the film. She also received a rousing standing ovation from the audience that included film critics, entertainment press, movie bloggers, actors, film workers, and dignitaries.

“The one thing I feel absolutely certain of re: Triangle of Sadness is that Dolly de Leon is world-class talent. She is phenomenal in this film. I don’t think I’ve seen any other Filipino actor in an international production get a role this substantial,” film critic Emil Hofileña tweeted after seeing the film.
 
“Dolly de Leon mesmerizes us with a very honest performance that is best experienced in the cinemas,” another cinephile, Ralph Regis, commented.
 
De Leon just arrived from the United States after participating in the producers’ campaign for an Oscar nomination for her performance.
 
“Her committed turn not only makes her the defining supporting performance of the year thus far but also, if enough Academy members make a note to focus on quality (and not simply name recognition as they can often do), she could be the frontrunner walking into awards season,” Variety’s award senior editor Clayton Davis commented on De Leon’s performance.

The 2022 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winning film by director Ruben Östlund was also screened at the Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival to much acclaim.

Triangle of Sadness revolves around the guests and crew of a doomed cruise ship whose social roles are turned upside down after a sea mishap. Triangle of Sadness is exclusively distributed by TBA Studios, which also swooped another Cannes-winning film Plan 75, an entry to QCinema’s main competition lineup.
After the festival run, Filipino movie fans can finally see Triangle of Sadness on Nov. 30 in theaters nationwide.

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New crime drama ‘Grace’ among TBA Studios’ projects presented at AFM

New crime drama ‘Grace’ among TBA Studios’ projects presented at AFM

TBA Studios wrapped a successful week at the American Film Market held last November 1- 6 at Santa Monica, California.

The team led by TBA Studios President & COO Daphne O. Chiu and TBA Studios Head of International Sales & Acquisitions Cindy Sison had an eventful week, meeting with the country’s top producers, distributors, buyers, and media as well as showcasing the company’s latest projects.

 TBA Studios made its mark in the Philippines and South East Asia for producing and distributing groundbreaking entertainment content. For this year’s AFM, the studio presented its critically acclaimed acquired titles such as Filipino-American documentary “A Will To Dream”, Malaysian thriller “Lights Out, and “Holy Emy”, a riveting family drama from Greece.

The main highlight for TBA Studios is its newest film “Grace”. Co-produced with Sea ‘N’ Sun Productions, this crime drama is helmed by award-winning director Ato Bautista with a screenplay co-written by E.A. Rocha, TBA Studios CEO, and one of the award-winning writers of TBA Studios’ crowning gem, “General Luna”.

Grace tells the story of a young man, played by promising newcomer Iken Ramirez, who seeks revenge against a powerful institution for the gruesome death of his girlfriend.

TBA Studios President & COO Daphne O. Chiu with “Triangle of Sadness” breakout star Dolly de Leon

Chiu and Sison also met with members of the Hollywood Foreign Press together with Filipina actress Dolly de Leon who is making waves in the American and international film circuit with her outstanding performance in Ruben Ostlund’s “Triangle of Sadness”. TBA Studios is exclusively distributing the award-winning social satire in the Philippines with a theatrical release date on November 30. Film pundits predict de Leon as one of the top-contenders to receive a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the 95th Academy Awards–a first for the Philippines

Chiu with “The Whale” director Darren Aronofsky

 TBA Studios was also invited to the screening of A24’s much talked-about family drama, “The Whale”. TBA Studios have recently worked with A24 as the Philippine distributor of the box office hit “Everything Everywhere All At Once” and are looking forward to working again with the famed indie studio in the future.

Next stop for TBA Studios is the Asia TV Forum and Market (ATF) on December 7-9 in Singapore.

TBA Studios, film distributor behind ‘Triangle of Sadness’ and ‘Plan 75’, embarks on opportunities at BIFF 2022

TBA Studios, film distributor behind ‘Triangle of Sadness’ and ‘Plan 75’, embarks on opportunities at BIFF 2022

TBA Studios, the independent film distributor that released “Everything Everywhere All At Once” in the Philippines, explored opportunities at the recently concluded Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and its industry arm the Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM) held on Oct. 4 – 14 in South Korea.

After participating online during the last two years due to the pandemic, TBA Studios successfully returns led by newly appointed President & COO Daphne O. Chiu and Head of Distribution and Sales Rogielou Patapat. With the support of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the TBA Studios delegation was able to network with industry stakeholders at The Philippine Pavilion in the ACFM.  The team also participated in the Philippine Cinema Night, a gathering of Filipino filmmakers and producers, hosted by the FDCP. 

“We’re very glad to be back in BIFF. The team was able to connect and meet with a lot of distributors and producers around the world making our participation at this year’s ACFM really fruitful and memorable. We would like to thank FDCP and new FDCP chair Tirso Cruz III for their continued support for TBA Studios and fellow Filipino producers,” said Chiu.

BIFF also screened two of TBA Studios’ Cannes-winning film acquisitions — “Triangle of Sadness” and “Plan 75”, the latter being part of BIFF’s “Window on Asian Cinema”, a section that puts a spotlight on the rising filmmakers. “Triangle of Sadness” is set for Philippine theatrical release on Nov. 30 while “Plan 75” will be shown locally later this year.  

“Everything Everywhere All At Once”, another TBA Studios acquired and distributed film, was screened at the Open Cinema section at BIFF. The Michelle Yeoh action adventure film was released in the Philippines in July and was met with positive box office results.

To continue its winning streak of bringing world-class films to the Philippines and introducing the best Filipino film content globally, TBA Studios is set to participate at the American Film Market on Nov. 1-6 in Santa Monica, California. 

Stay tuned to TBA Studios’ pages and tba.ph for more updates.

TBA Studios brings Japanese dystopian film “Plan 75” to Philippine cinemas

TBA Studios brings Japanese dystopian film “Plan 75” to Philippine cinemas

TBA Studios, one of the leading film production and distribution companies in the Philippines, has acquired the exclusive Philippine theatrical rights to the award-winning film Plan 75.

Written and directed by acclaimed short film director Chie Hayakawa, this critically lauded dystopian drama made its international premiere in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and won the Camera d’Or Special Mention Prize.

Based on Hayakawa’s segment of the same title from the 2018 anthology film Ten Years Japan, Plan 75 paints a harrowing look at a not-so-distant future when the Japanese government launches a program that encourages voluntary euthanasia for senior citizens to remedy a super-aged society.

 The film stars veteran actress Chieko Baisho as an elderly woman whose means of survival are vanishing, Hayato Isomura, a pragmatic Plan 75 salesman, and Filipina actress Stefanie Arianne as a caregiver working overseas to support an ailing daughter back home.

Aside from its multi-cultural cast, Plan 75 also boasts of an international co-production spanning representatives from Japan, France, and the Philippines. It is executive produced by Keisuke Konishi (Happinet Phantom Studios), Eiko Mizuno Gray (Loaded Films), Mizue Kunizane and Hiroyuki Ishigaki (Dongyu Club), Frédéric Corvez and Maéva Savinien (Urban Factory), Wilfredo C. Manalang, George Sommerrock, and Alicia Catubay-Watt (Fusee), and co-produced by Alemberg Ang (Daluyong Studios).

 “I am happy to hear the much-awaited news that Plan 75 will finally reach the audience in the Philippines. I am truly grateful to all the Filipino cast members and producers and those who believe in and support this film,” Hayakawa said.

With its theme of family, death, loss, and a sense of community, TBA Studios is confident that the moving drama would resonate with Filipino audiences.

“It’s truly an honor for us to be able to bring this beautiful film to the Philippines. It’s a quiet and understated film, but with a big poignant message that we hope could reach a lot of people,” shares TBA Studios President and COO, Daphne O. Chiu.

TBA Studios is known for producing groundbreaking movies such as the historical box office epic Heneral Luna (2015) and mystery thriller Birdshot (2016) among many others.

The acquisition of Plan 75 is part of the company’s strategic plan to continue expanding their library with diverse offerings that cater to a global Filipino audience.

The studio recently released the Michelle Yeoh multiverse adventure Everything Everywhere All At Once, the award-winning music documentary Fanny: The Right To Rock, and coming later this year is the Cannes Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness.

Plan 75 is Japan’s submission for the International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards.

TBA Studios appoints Daphne O. Chiu as President and COO

TBA Studios appoints Daphne O. Chiu as President and COO

Manila, Philippines — TBA Studios, one of the leading film production and distribution companies in the Philippines, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daphne O. Chiu as President and COO of TBA Studios.

Chiu brings with her years of experience and extraordinary leadership that has grown through the years since she joined the company in 2014. She has since taken on responsibilities as a producer, executive producer, General Manager, Vice President, and CFO.  

“As a film studio, the pandemic has been a challenging and difficult time for us, but Daphne proved herself more than capable of leading the company in the right direction. This past year alone, she has brought structure, drive, and a renewed sense of focus to everyone on the team. We believe that with her passion, energy, and leadership skills, she would be able to steer TBA Studios into a new and exciting chapter,” said TBA Studios Chairman Fernando Ortigas and TBA Studios CEO E.A. Rocha.

“I’m honored and grateful for the trust and confidence the company has given me. As President and COO, I would be focusing on critical projects, operations, and marketing strategies all of which are aligned with our continuing efforts to diversify and expand TBA Studios’ offerings. We have exciting releases ahead of us that would deliver value not just for the company, but also to our partners, clients, and stakeholders,” said TBA Studios President and COO Daphne Chiu.

From The Writers’ Room to FAMAS nom: ‘Dito at Doon’ writers share their creative journey

From The Writers’ Room to FAMAS nom: ‘Dito at Doon’ writers share their creative journey

“Dito at Doon” writers Alex Gonzales and Kristin Barrameda

Matutupad na nga ba ang drama dreams ko? Hahaha,” former ad girl Alexandra Jane Gonzales asked on Facebook after learning she got in the first batch of TBA Studios’ The Writers’ Room, an intensive workshop for aspiring film writers.

Elsewhere, Kristin Barrameda was thrilled to receive the news that she was chosen for The Writers’ Room as well. Almost a year before the announcement, she quit her job as a post-production supervisor to develop her projects for submission to film markets and development labs. “After I finished my initial script under the mentorship of Sir Ricky Lee, I heard that TBA would be initiating another writing workshop, and I excitedly applied, hoping to further refine the script that I had,” she recalled. 

It was Aug. 30, 2019, barely six months before the pandemic broke the world. But in the next 13 weeks, they would learn and explore limitless ways a story can be born.

Into ‘The Writers’ Room’ 

Alex, as most people fondly call her, grew up harboring an interest in stories, no matter what form they came in. “Shows, movies, books, comics, video games – you name it. And while I did try my hand out at creative writing, writing for movies as a career seemed like a lofty aspiration when I was growing up,” she recalled.

Her interest in stories, however, never died, so she pursued a career in a similar field: advertising. “I was a copywriter for an ad agency for a handful of years, writing 30- and 60-seconder commercials for various brands. It was there that my interest in storytelling really took off,” Alex added. So when friends prodded her to join The Writers’ Room, she bit the bullet.

The Writer’s Room was memorable in its entirety. It felt like a door to a different world was opened to me, and as an outsider, everything was new,” Alex said. “It was an enriching experience to meet people from various fields and learn from the screenplays they shared with everyone. We had beginners, award-winners, lawyers, directors, anthropologists, animators, sharing stories of different flavors, all bound by the same craft.”

TBA Studios’ Writer’s Room 2019 participants during the workshop’s Welcome Gathering (Source: TBA Studios Facebook)

Also coming from a similar background, Kristin, a former copywriter, never considered writing for film a full-time track because she had fallen in love with post-production. “But I think it’s becoming a respite from my work in post has helped me have fun with the process even more,” she said.

At “The Writers’ Room”, Kristin was inspired to learn with people, especially with those who love films and stories the same way she does. “While the mentors were a huge help in understanding more about writing, I find that I learned as much from my classmates in the workshop. Reading our exercises in class and exchanging feedback were definitely beneficial, not only when it comes to writing, but also in terms of defending our characters and the worlds that we build in our stories.”

Alex said her favorite part was the pitch presentation. “I was very nervous throughout; my hand shook the whole time I was presenting in front of the panel,” she said. “It cemented the notion that ideas need actual selling for projects to really take off.”

Alex learned that writers would need to know their panel, how to appeal to them, and be able to clearly express the idea for their film with the right mix of conciseness and emotional impact.

Alex and Kristin seemed to be kindred souls because of their shared experiences. So when the workshop was done, it wasn’t a surprise they would find themselves collaborating on writing a script in the middle of the pandemic.

‘Dito at Doon’: Writing under lockdown

February 2020 came and the world did break. 

But the isolation proved to be ideal for writing. In May 2020, Omar Sortijas, then producer of TBA Studios, reached out to Alex and Kristin to write a screenplay.

“It all started when our producer Omar Sortijas contacted us about fleshing out the concept he had in mind: a couple falling in love during the pandemic, but they won’t be able to meet. And just like Len and Caloy, my co-writer Kristin and I never met in person during the whole process,” Alex recalled.

Alex on the set of “Dito At Doon” (Source: Alex Gonzales)

Since the Philippines was on lockdown during that time, the two women had no chance to meet and write together, so the script was completed entirely remotely. “We would schedule writing sessions and collaborate through Google Docs,” Kristin shared. “If I remember correctly, we finished the initial draft in less than a week, but the final shooting script was done as the film was about to roll around November that same year.”

Director JP Habac of “I’m Drunk, I Love You.” fame sometimes joined their brainstorm sessions and transformed the initial computer screen format into the distinct spatial-visual treatment that was used in the film. Once the project was well under way, script readings and meetings were held via Zoom. 

Alex said that throughout the drafts they worked on, they changed character ages, background stories, added some characters and eventually removed the said characters. “Over maybe five to six months, it took us around five drafts to get to the final version of the script,” she said.

Kristin and Alex echoed each other that their writing collaboration was smooth. “Writing ‘Dito at Doon’ was a welcome challenge. Despite it being our first full-length project together, Kristin and I got along well. We listened to each other’s builds and designated tasks and sequences as needed,” Alex said.

Kristin shares the same sentiment, “I hope to collaborate with Alex more in the future because writing with her was very much edifying and fulfilling.”

Writing accolades

Fast forward to 2022, “Dito and Doon” has received critical acclaim, the latest being nominated for Best Screenplay at this year’s Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. The Janine Gutierrez-JC Santos pandemic film can also now be watched internationally on Netflix.

“To be recognized for something you enjoy doing is just incredible, and while I am grateful for the nomination, I am equally, if not more, indebted and thankful to the people who believe we can tell stories and believe the stories we tell,” Kristin said.

Alex, meanwhile, couldn’t believe her dreams had manifested. “This was my first film, and for me, seeing it out there was enough of a reward. So, hearing about the nomination was a very pleasant surprise. FAMAS was an institution I’ve only heard of and read about, so to actually be nominated is still very surreal for me,” she shared.

The Alex-Kristin writing duo would have to take the bench for now as both are focused on individual projects. Kristin is finishing her residency under Singapore International Film Festival for her first feature project “Bing. Bong. Bang.” She is also looking for funding for a short film project that she hopes to finish before the year ends.

Kristin’s next step, meanwhile, is to keep writing. “There were a couple of projects (one romance/drama and one horror) that were put on the backburner, but with the pandemic easing up, maybe those projects can be revived…? But other than that, my plan would be to just keep on writing.”

“To just always try and see where stories can take me.”

“Dito at Doon” (Here and There) is now streaming on Netflix worldwide. Watch here.

Award-winning TBA Studios films now available on Prime Video

Award-winning TBA Studios films now available on Prime Video

Movie fans can now enjoy some of TBA Studios’ award-winning and critically acclaimed films on Prime Video.

Lingua Franca (2020)

Isabel Sandoval writes, stars, and directs this understated love story about an undocumented Filipno transwoman, working a s caregiver in Brooklyn. There she meets the grandson of one of her patients and develops a complex relationship with him.

 

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August 2019. It has also competed in other prestigious festivals, such as the British Film Institute London Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival. The film has an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and won the top prize Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2020 Bentonville Film Festival, an American festival that highlights stories told by minority voices in entertainment, such as the LGBTQ+ community, women, and people with disabilities.

Write About Love (2019)

Filipino romance film directed by Crisanto Aquino stars Miles Ocampo and Rocco Nacino. The film revolves around the collaboration of a young female writer and a veteran male indie film writer to complete an unfinished script for a love story. During this journey, they discover truths about love, life, and writing a good love story.

 

The film premiered during the 45th Metro Manila Film festival and won several awards including Best Supporting Actor for Joem Bascon, Best Supporting Actress for Yeng Constantino, and Best Screenplay.

Us, At The End Of The Year (2019)

Nestor Abrogena helms this quiet and slow-burn love story following the lives of Sam (Nicco Manalo) and Isa (Emanuelle Vera). Five years after their break-up, ex-lovers turned friends attempt to find romance but find nothing except the pain of being in love with someone else whom they can never be with.

Neomanila (2019)

Toto (Timothy Castillo), a teenage orphan, is recruited by a notorious death squad. Irma (Eula Valdez), the group’s leader, soon becomes a maternal figure to the young boy. As the two form a familial bond, their loyalties will be put to the test when one of their targets turns out to be a familiar face.

 

This critically-acclaimed crime thriller directed by Mikhail Red made its international premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival.

Heneral Luna (2015)

Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Jerrold Tarog, this epic puts the spotlight on historical figure General Antonio Luna (John Arcilla), commander of the revolutionary army. After three hundred years as a Spanish colony, the Philippines must endure a new foreign power: the United States of America. General Luna wants to fight for freedom but members of the elite want to strike a deal with the Americans. The infighting is fierce in the new cabinet but General Luna and his loyal men forge ahead even as his military decisions are met with resistance from soldiers who are loyal only to President Aguinaldo (Mon Confiado).

 

The movie became the highest grossing indie and historical film in the Philippines. Heneral Luna was also chosen as the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. 



Catch these exciting TBA Studios titles now available for streaming on Prime Video in Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Get ready for a jampacked June at Cinema ’76 and Cinema ‘76 Cafe

Get ready for a jampacked June at Cinema '76 and Cinema ‘76 Cafe

Everyone’s favorite micro-cinema and movie-themed cafe have a slew of exciting events coming your way this month. Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on these dates!

Pelikulaya - June 16 - June 17

Celebrate Pride Month at Cinema ’76 with Pelikulaya: LGBTIA+ Film Festival. Spearheaded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Pelikulaya showcases short films from young student filmmakers as well as local and international movies that champions equality for the members of the LGBTQIA+ community and celebrate diversity.

Catch this year’s short film competition selection at Cinema ’76 from June 16 – 17 (“Mga Kuan” by Jermaine Tulbo, “Cut/Off” by Von Victor Viernes & Sean Russel Romero, “As If Nothing Happened” by JT Trinidad, “Kubli” by Jam Navalta, “This Is Not A Coming Out Story” by Mark Felix Ebreo, “We Were Never Really Strangers” by Patrick Pangan, “Second Gear” by Christian Angelo Cruz, “Kung Sa Diin Ang Suba Tarabuan (Down The River We Meet)” by Seth Andrew Blanca, “Baklaak (I’m Gay)” by Gabb Gantala, and “Nang Maglublob Ako sa Isang Mangkok ng Liwanag” by Kuki Zinampan).

Movie Quiz Night 3 - June 24

Cinema’76’s popular game event Movie Quiz Night is back after the success of the first two events. Film fans can once again have fun with friends while testing their film knowledge. This month’s Movie Quiz Night is even bigger and better as it joins Cinema ’76 Cafe in celebrating its first anniversary. And with the full support of Nova Wellness Store, participants can expect more prizes, exciting categories, and surprise guests!

Click here to register and save your spot!

Everything Everywhere All At Once - June 29

The movie event of the year is finally coming to the Philippines! The highly anticipated action-adventure Everything Everywhere All At Once, starring Michelle Yeoh opens in cinemas nationwide starting on June 29. This film is best seen on the big screen. Book your tickets at Cinema ’76 for the ultimate movie experience.

Be sure to also drop by Cinema ’76 Cafe after watching Everything Everywhere All At Once and order your favorite drink to enjoy their special edition Googly eye cups!

TBA Studios gets PH distribution rights to ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

TBA Studios gets PH distribution rights to ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

Filipinos can now join this absurd family therapy that will take them across the multiverse

A universe without Filipino audiences enjoying the critically acclaimed movie “Everything Everywhere All at Once” on the big screen is a cosmic anomaly—it was only fitting that TBA Studios correct this by securing exclusive distribution rights of the Daniels’ big-hearted sci-fi adventure in the Philippines.

Set for release on June 29, 2022 in local cinemas, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” stars Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings) as an exhausted Chinese immigrant woman named Evelyn who can’t seem to finish her taxes. It doesn’t help that a variant of her happy go-lucky husband takes over and tells her she has to save the multiverse.

Everything Everywhere All At Once” marks TBA Studios’ first distribution deal with the famed independent film studio, A24. 

“Filipino movie audiences deserve to see this film on the big screen. It teaches us to believe in ourselves, keep going despite adversities, and embrace everything everywhere all at once. We’re more than glad to bring this one-of-a-kind movie experience to the country and we look forward to everyone’s support as we continue to bring the best of global cinema to the Philippines and other territories,” shares Daphne O. Chiu, TBA Studios Executive Vice President and General Manager. 

The film is directed by brothers Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as the Daniels (The Swiss Man). The cast includes Stephanie Hsu (TV’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Ke Huy Quan (The Goonies), Jenny Slate (Venom), Harry Shum Jr. (Crazy Rich Asians) with James Hong (Kung Fu Panda), and Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween). 

Everything Everywhere All at Once” is currently one of the best reviewed films of 2022, earning an 81 “Must-See” designation from Metacritic and a 95% “Certified Fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie has also become A24’s highest grossing title ever, with $67 million global box office.

Don’t miss out on the big screen action that takes you across the multiverse. Catch “Everything Everywhere All at Once” on June 29 in Philippine cinemas.

For updates, follow TBA Studios on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, or visit tba.ph. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce and #ProudlyTBA

TBA Studios brings Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness” to PH cinemas

TBA Studios brings Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness” to PH cinemas

TBA Studios has acquired the exclusive Philippine theatrical rights to this year’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund directs a satirical masterpiece that has everyone abuzz. Set in the world of fashion, Triangle of Sadness follows fashion model couple Carl and Yaya as they embark on a luxury cruise adventure. All appears Instagrammable at first but a storm is brewing, and heavy seasickness hits the passengers during the seven-course captain’s dinner. The cruise ends catastrophically and they become stranded on a desert island with a group of billionaires and a cleaning lady. In the fight for survival, old hierarchies are turned upside down since the cleaning lady is the only one who knows how to fish.

Triangle of Sadness was easily the most talked-about film at the festival. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, the movie received an 8-minute standing ovation during its premiere screening. Film critic, Robbie Collin, gave it five stars and called it “a bold and brilliant film.” IGN’s Ryan Lesto writes, “Triangle of Sadness is a comedic tour de force from a director who really understands how to wage a tremendously funny class war. Östlund’s cringe-inducing humor pairs well with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments to create an all-around hilarious social satire.”

Critics also praised the spectacular performances of the ensemble cast, most notably Filipino actress Dolly de Leon’s breakout performance as Abigail, the yacht’s cleaning lady. Variety’s Clayton Davis describes her performance as “Oscar-worthy”, suggesting that De Leon’s defining supporting performance deserves recognition from the Academy Awards. 

A veteran actress in theater and television, De Leon describes herself as a “bit player”, known for playing various roles in local dramas. Her career-defining performance in Triangle of Sadness suggests a much bigger and brighter future for the actress.   

The movie also stars Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Woody Harrelson, Henrik Dorsin, Zlatko Buric, Iris Berben, Sunnyi Melles, Vicky Berlin, and Oliver Ford Davies.

Triangle of Sadness is produced by Plattform Produktion and Coproduction Office. It’s distributed exclusively in the Philippines by TBA Studios.

For updates, follow TBA Studios on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, or visit tba.ph. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #TriangleOfSadness and #ProudlyTBA