Last Days at Sea

  • Venice Atienza
  • Philippines, Taiwan
  • 2021
  • 72 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

Twelve-year-old Reyboy lives in the remote village of Karihatag in the southern Philippines. His world is one of sand and rocks, with the water beneath him and above him the clouds, stars, and planets—Saturn, that’s where he wants to go! On sultry summer evenings he can just stare at it forever.

But when summer’s over Reyboy will be going to school in the city, leaving his village and his family. Most of the people here are fishers with weather-beaten skin and toned muscles. Every day they share the yields of their dangerous work—even though they’re also suffering the consequences of overfishing. Reyboy’s parents know that studying is the only way out of this harsh way of life.

Filmmaker Venice Atienza met Reyboy a few years ago. They became friends, and now they spend Reyboy’s last weeks in the village documenting the story of his childhood as they stroll along the beach, telling stories and watching the sky. This film, developed at IDFAcademy and supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund, is a monument to the childhood years of a boy leaving for a better future—to take one step closer to the planets.

Credits

  • 72 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Bisaya, Tagalog
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Venice Atienza
Production
Fan Wu / Svemirko Film Productions, Venice Atienza / Svemirko Film Productions
Co-production
Moshe Ladanga for Ninjadog Studios Inc., Katrin Maria Escay for Ninjadog Studios Inc.
Cinematography
Venice Atienza, Moshe Ladanga
Editing
Anna Magdalena Silva Schlenker, Katrin Maria Escay

IDFA history

2021
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
2019
Supported with €9000 for Classic: Production & postproduction
2020
IDFA Project Space

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