'Signal Rock' is the Philippines' Entry to the 2019 Oscars
Chito S. Roño's Signal Rock was a smash hit at this year's Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, snagging Critics' Choice and the Special Jury Awards. Now, the film has been selected by the Film Academy of the Philippines to represent our country in next year's Academy Awards, vying for a nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The announcement was made by Reality Entertainment on their Facebook page:
Chito S. Rono's Signal Rock, starring Christian M. Bables, is the Philippines' entry to Oscars 2019 Foreign Language Film category!Posted by Regal Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The film, which was penned by Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral co-writer Rody Vera, tells the story of Intoy (played by Die Beautiful's Christian Bables), a young man living in a remote island of the Philippines. He relies on the earnings of his sister Vicky, who like many of the island's women, married a foreigner and worked overseas to help support their family. Because the island is so remote, cell signal is scarce, and the only way Intoy can contact his sister is by climbing up a rock formations where he can get a few bars. Things take a turn when Vicky is forced to leave her husband, leaving Intoy to fend for them and uplift their family.
The 91st Academy Awards are slated to be held in February 24, 2019.