TBA Studios Acquires Philippines Rights For 'Plan 75' Oscar Submission - Deadline

TBA Studios Acquires Philippines Rights For ‘Plan 75’ Oscar Submission – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Manila-based TBA Studios has acquired the Philippines theatrical rights to an award-winning drama Plan 75which is Japan’s submission for the Academy Awards’ Best International Feature Film category.

The Japanese-language film has a strong connection to the Philippines. It features Filipina actress Stefanie Arriane in the cast, while the American-Filipino company Fusee is one of the producers, with Wilfredo C. Manalang, George Sommerrock and Alicia Catubay-Watt as producers, and Alemberg Ang of Daluyong Studios in the Philippines at board. as co-producer.

The film was produced by Japan’s Loaded Films, Happinet Phantom Studios, and Dongyu Club, with France’s Urban Factory, Fusee, and Ang. Urban Sales handles international sales outside of the co-production territories. Fusee retained the Philippine rights.

Written and directed by acclaimed short film director Chie Hayakawa, the film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes film festival, where it won the Camera d’Or Special Mention.

Based on Hayakawa’s segment from the Japanese version of the Ten years anthology movies, Plan 75 is set in the near future when the Japanese government launches a program encouraging voluntary euthanasia for the elderly to remedy a super-aging society.

Veteran Japanese actress Chieko Baisho and Hayato Isomura lead the cast. Arriane plays a caregiver who works abroad to help a sick daughter at home.

β€œI am happy to hear the long-awaited news that Plan 75 will finally reach the audience in the Philippines. I am truly grateful to all the Filipino cast members and producers and those who believe in and support this film,” said Hayakawa.

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β€œIt is truly an honor for us to be able to bring this beautiful film to the Philippines. It’s a quiet, low-key movie, but with a big poignant message that we hope will resonate with a lot of people,” said TBA Studios President and COO Daphne O. Chiu.

TBA Studios said the acquisition was part of an ongoing strategy to bring a wide range of movies to Filipino audiences. The company’s recent releases include everything everywhere at once and documentary Fanny: the right to rockwhile at the end of this year the winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or will be released sadness triangle.

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