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Whether the Weather is Fine

Directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad

Run Time: 104 minReleased: Philippines, 2021Language: Waray-Waray

About the Film

"But this is no bleak documentary: Manatad’s feature-length debut is frequently heartbreaking yet buoyed by human absurdity, whimsy and understated humour. These touches make Whether The Weather Is Fine delicately spellbinding."

Following a destructive and deadly typhoon, the city and the survivors are thrown into disarray and left with scarce supplies and resources. The film centers around three individuals—a mother, her son, and his girlfriend—as they recover from their losses. Their recovery is cut short when another storm is projected to be heading their way. As they make their way to safety, and perhaps to a new future, differing priorities emerge and threaten to disrupt their journey. Will the trio make their way in time? Or will conflicting agendas crush their chances of survival? In a captivating and artistically-shot portrayal, Whether the Weather is Fine juxtaposes not only the beauty of nature and its deadly powers but also the contending needs and perspectives of individuals.

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  • 8 Wins and 14 Nominations
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival – Winner of International Feature Competition
  • Locarno International Film Festival – Filmmakers of the Present Competition
  • Metro Manila Film Festival – Winner of six prizes including best production design

About the Director

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Carlo Francisco Manatad was born in 1987 in Tacloban City, Philippines. He is a Filipino film director and editor based in Manila, and is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. Junilyn Has, his first short film, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival under the Pardi di Domani Section, and Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, his 4th short film, was selected in competition at the 56th Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes International Film Festival. His first feature film, Whether the Weather is Fine, premiered at the 74th Locarno Film Festival.