Victor Villanueva; 2016; Philippines; 90 min.; in Filipino, Visayan, and Tagalog with English subtitles
“Jesus is dead,” declares Iyay, the matriarch of the family, igniting this delightfully absurd and utterly charming road comedy. Jesus is her estranged husband, so she and the reluctant children—transgender son Jude; Hubert, who has Down syndrome: Jay the slacker; and puppy Judas—all set off through the picturesque Philippine countryside to the wake. Full of gloriously strange and wonderfully weird characters, this rollicking film recalls the random and quirky nature of classic comedies like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, while also dealing with personal heartbreak and relationships in a genuine and affecting story, redefining what it truly means to be a family.
Content Warning: Nudity/Non-Explicit Sexual Situations, Vulgar Language
Opening Short: FOR A CHANGE
Keren Nir; 2016; Israel; 4 min; in Hebrew with English subtitles.
This nonfiction animated short uses a witty, kinetic visual style to convey some of the day-to-day challenges of the trans male narrator’s adolescence.
Content Warning: Nudity