The 2018 Filipino indie film “Oda Sa Wala” is competing at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, then for feature at the 23rd Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The movie is about Sonya, an old maid stuck in a town that long ceased to recognize her existence. One morning, a mysterious corpse arrives at the footsteps of their family-owned funeral shop. Bringing forth strange luck and fortune, Sonya gets drawn to the corpse’s mystique, reinvigorating not only her life but also that of her father Mang Rudy. But luck would eventually dry up, provoking further distress back to Sonya’s life. She faces the reality that her existence is nothing more that of the corpse, at the tail end of its mortality.
“Oda Sa Wala” joins the Official Competition of the first festival from June 28 to July 6. It vies against 11 projects from Spain, USA, Belgium, China, United Kingdom, Chile, Germany, Turkey, Bulgaria/Greece, Slovak Republic/Czech Republic, and Slovenia/Macedonia/Serbia/Croatia.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the “largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious such festival in Central and Eastern Europe,” as read on its website.
After that, “Oda Sa Wala” will be featured at the Fantasia International Film Festival in the Camera Lucida section from July 11 to Aug. 1.
Three other films will also be shown in the category and these are “Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway,” “Maggie,” “And Knives And Skin.”
In the official site of Fantasia, it said that Camera Lucida section is dedicated “to boundary-pushing, auteur-driven works of genre, and genre-adjacent cinema, returns to defy all and every expectation.”