Blanka

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Blanka

Directed by Kohki Hasei

  • Japan, Italy 2015; 75 min
  • Original version: Tagalog
  • Genre: Drama
    • Audience Award - Fribourg IFF

Synopsis

11-years-old Blanka survives alone in Manila begging and stealing from tourists. One day, an absurd idea pops up: if she could buy a mother, she could have a good life. But she has to make countless efforts in order to collect enough money. An opportunity arises when she meets Peter, a 55 years old blind street musician, who teaches Blanka how to sing, a skill out of which she can make money. However, concerned about Blanka’s future, Peter decides to take Blanka to an orphanage. When she finds out, she runs away and the nightmare starts again.

Director's Statement

Originally, the idea for this movie came from my interest in exploring children’s point of view. I have been traveling around the world for many years now, especially in places where poverty is the greatest plague. The kids that I have met on my journeys gave me strength, inspiration and hope more than anything else. The expedients and imagination they use to face the harsh, tough context of their lives, with their radiant smiles, have always constituted an unmatched stimulus for my creativity and my vision of the world. The main character of the film is an 11-year old street girl, an orphan. However, I also wanted to avoid any pity. My intention was not to give the audience the impression of grief or sadness by telling the story of a little girl living in poverty. It’s actually the very opposite.

Production

  • DORJE FILM SRL

     

International Sales

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    Torsten Schulze