John Denver Trending Becomes First Filipino Film to Be Screened Across South Korea
The 30-second Korean teaser of John Denver Trending. Parang lalaban sa Train to Busan kung makasuspense e.— ardenrod (@ardenrod) November 16, 2022
Friends in South Korea, catch it on NOVEMBER 23 at CGV, Lotte Cinema, and Megabox in major Korean cities. pic.twitter.com/tkiiDWwjub
The Philippines' very own John Denver Trending, which has so far bagged 15 awards in film festivals worldwide, will be the first Filipino film to get commercial screenings across South Korea this month, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) confirmed in a post.
John Denver Trending's alternative Korean poster. The FDCP added that the film's theatrical run will start on November 23 in CGV, Lotte Cinema, and Megabox in major cities.
The independent film, which features breakout stars Meryll Soriano and Jansen Magpusao, is written and directed by Arden Rod Condez, was a critical success at the 2019 Cinemalaya Film Festival. It took home best actor for Magpusao, Best Original Song, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and the NETPAC Jury Award.
Shot in Pandan, Antique, the story follows a 14-year-old boy in rural Philippines whose life is turned upside down after a video of him attacking a classmate goes viral. The film talks of the excess, isolation, and distress of public shaming in the social media age, communicated through lingering silences and some powerful imagery. Its screenplay even won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Screenplay in Filipino.
AWARD-WINNING FILIPINO FILM "JOHN DENVER TRENDING" TO SCREEN IN SOUTH KOREA!— Film Development Council of the Philippines (@FDCPH) November 15, 2022
The movie John Denver Trending is a work that deals with the true story of a boy who was branded as a devil overnight with a single video uploaded to social media. pic.twitter.com/cllqV6XjT2
John Denver Trending also competed at the 24th Busan International Film Festival and was part of its New Currents Section. The movie was shown at the Filmgarde Cineplexes Bugis during the 2021 Happiness Film Festival Singapore.