John Denver Trending Becomes First Filipino Film to Be Screened Across South Korea

The Cinemalaya darling will be shown in South Korean theaters this November.

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.

Photo by FDCP.


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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.

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.

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