Raymund Gutierrez brings pride to Philippine cinema, as the only asian competing the Short Film Competition in CANNES.
About 5,008 short film entries were submitted this year making Raymund Gutierrez' IMAGO as one of the 10 finalist.
IMAGO stars Ruby Ruiz and Inna Tuason, it is a story about a mother of a special child who has an unusual work during midnight.
The film is in competition vying for the Short Film Palme d’or.
The Festival de Cannes is honoured to announce that Japanese director Naomi Kawase will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury for its 69th edition. There are some directors whose careers are constantly intertwined with the Festival, much to its delight.
The story with Kawase began back in 1997 when aged 27, she became the youngest winner of the Caméra d’or for her film Suzaku (Moe no Suzaku).
The winning film will be awarded by the President of the jury Naomi Kawase, on May 22.
Gutierrez is a product of Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop BATCH 1. He was also in CANNES last year for the film TAKLUB.
Synopsis: Under the humid night within a lively slum community, Inday, a 54 year old single parent of a special child goes to her work as a funeral agent.
On April 14, he posted his gratitude in his facebook account:
updated as of April 17
I would like to thank GOD for giving me the courage and inspiration to do the impossible. Thank you Cannes and with all the well wishers. Thank you for all the crew who are also my friends who put a lot of effort to help me make this film! lets go! smile emoticon #cannes2016 #imago Thank you for my mentor Director Brillante Mendoza and Armando Lao for your support! #alternativecinema and lastly but not the least thank you to my family who always support me in this endeavour. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME