Busong (Palawan Fate)

In Busong, Alessandra de Rossi plays Punay who is born with severe wounds on her feet and cannot step on the earth. Her brother, Angkadang, carries her in a hammock as they search the changing landscapes of Palawan to find a healer. Different people help carry her along the way – a woman looking for her husband, a fisherman who lost his boat, and a young man who is searching for himself.

““Busong” was inspired by stories that Solito’s mother told him about her native Palawan when he was a child. In an earlier interview, he explained that “Busong” is the indigenous Palawanon concept of fate or instant karma.

Official Selection, 2011 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight.

Winner, Best Director, Best Sound Design, Best Original Music Score, 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival Directors’ Showcase.

Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, 2011 Eurasia International Film Festival.

Winner, Tomorrow’s Cinema Award, 2011 Brussels International Festival of Independent Films.

Winner, Merata Mita “Best of Stories” Award, 2012 National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival.

Winner, Special Award for Artistic Achievement, Terroir of Cinema Award, 2012 Santa Rosa International Film Festival





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