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At the 16th edition of Five Flavors, as last year, there is a system of booking seats at cinema screenings for accreditation and pass holders. It is important to us that we take care not to overcrowd the rooms and avoid queues at the entrance.
Only a reservation guarantees you a seat at a screening!
The reservation system is very simple and is based on similar principles as buying tickets for individual screenings - just login to your account, visit the page of the selected film and click "book". Detailed information can be found below.
Please make reservations only for the screenings you wish to attend. Reservations can be cancelled, even at the last minute - please remember this and always cancel your reservation if you cancel your screening - this will allow other viewers to use the available space.
Reservations will be possible from Tuesday, 15 November from 12:00 p.m. for all the festival's films.
Reservation of seats
for pass and accreditation holders
Tuesday, November 15, 12:00 pm
If you decide to attend a screening at the last minute or for any other reason you do not book in advance, and there are seats available in the auditorium, your booking will be made "automatically" at the entrance to the auditorium after scanning your pass.
For most of the screenings there will be free seats before the show itself. However, please pay special attention to the screenings of Edward Yang's works and the screenings of those films that we only show in the cinema - we expect the highest attendance at these screenings.
This year, you will also be able to use an electronic pass by presenting it to ticket takers on your phone screen.
As three siblings are waiting for their father to come back from his fishing trip, their hope starts to wither away. After ninety days, they will have to perform
a traditional burial ceremony. While the eldest daughter is getting used to her new role as the head of the family, the village is haunted by a mysterious plague – hundreds of apples appear by the shore, glistening red dots in the seawater.
This atmospheric story draws on local mythology, creating a slow-paced narration about the circle of life. The director uses motifs from ancient legends to symbolically portray the complex identity of the Philippines – the rich tradition, colonial experiences, and modern challenges causing tensions even in the smallest communities. It is also a beautiful tale about adolescence and assuming the roles the protagonists' lives set for them. About growing up in the world where the rugged, everyday life is permeated with mystique.
The film is set on a small island of Marinduque in Tagalog, a region famous for is rich sea life. The name comes from the world "tagá-ilog", "people of the river".
The director, Joseph Laban, who comes from the region himself, often uses water motifs and their cultural significance in his films. "Sea Serpent" is partially based on the memories from his childhood.
Joseph Israel Laban is an award-winning Tagalog journalist, independent filmmaker, playwright, and a Fulbright Scholar. He is the Co-Owner of One Big Fight Productions, a film and television production company. He is also the Founder and Festival Director of the CineTotoo Philippine International Documentary Film Festival, the biggest documentary film festival in the Philippines. In February 2015, he attended the Berlinale Talents at the Berlin International Film Festival. His short film "Antipo" was an Official Selection at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner.
2010 Antipo (kr. m.)
2013 Nuwebe | Termitaria
2014 Ulilang Lubos
2016 The Sister
2017 Morski potwór| Baconaua | Sea Serpent