By Maria Katrina Segui
Daniel Padilla and Charo Stantos-Concio starrer Kun Maupay Man It Panahon billed internationally as Whether the Weather is Fine, won a special award at the 74th Locarno Film Festival (LFF) in Switzerland.
“We have great news from Switzerland! Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether The Weather Is Fine) bags the Cinema e Gioventù Prize from the Concorso Cineasti del presente Junior Jury at the 74th Locarno Film Festival,” the film’s social media pages announced on Sunday.
According to LFF’s website, the Cinema e Gioventù Prize is an “educational initiative of the festival aimed at students aged between 18 and 23” and is awarded by the event’s designated youth juries.
Directed by award-winning Waray director Carlo Francisco Manatad, the film was inspired by the tragic events of the super typhoon Yolanda in 2013, the film tells the story of how a mother (Santos-Concio) and son (Padilla) fought for their lives to survive the disaster that devastated the city of Tacloban.
Whether the Weather is Fine competed against other countries including the USA, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany, under the Concorso Cineasti del Presente (Filmmakers of the Present Competition) category, a section for rising filmmakers from different parts of the world. Manatad’s debut full-length feature is also the only Filipino entry at the festival.
Apart from the LFF, Whether the Weather is Fine is also selected as one of the entries for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and is set to make its North American premiere on the same event from Sept. 9 to Sept. 18.
Carlo Francisco Manatad is one of the most noteworthy filmmakers in the country with a handful of films screened at several international festivals including Cannes, Toronto, and Busan.