Magazine article Screen International

M-Appeal Acquires Venice Biennale College Film 'Blanka'

Magazine article Screen International

M-Appeal Acquires Venice Biennale College Film 'Blanka'

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Blanka received its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) on Saturday (Sept 5).

The feature is an Italian production shot in the Philippines by Japanese director Kohki Hasei, and produced by Flaminio Zadra from Italy.

The story follows 11-year-old Blanka, who survives alone in Manila, begging and stealing from tourists. One day, an absurd idea pops up: if she could buy a mother, she could have a good life. But she has to make countless efforts in order to collect enough money.

An opportunity arises when she meets Peter, a 55-year-old blind street musician, who teaches Blanka how to sing, a skill out of which she can make money.

Blanka was was produced within the Biennale College programme, an advanced training workshop for the development and production of micro-budget (euro150,000) audio-visual works. …

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