‘Birdshot’ will be the Philippines’ official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2018 Academy Awards. The movie is directed by 24-year-old filmmaker Mikhail Red. No Filipino film has ever been nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign-language film category.
‘Birdshot’ is a mystery thriller, featuring a young girl named Maya (Mary Joy Apostol), who accidentally kills an endangered Philippine eagle, and her father (Ku Aquino), who desperately tries to protect her from the authorities. Meanwhile, two police officers struggle to solve the mystery of a bus full of people disappearing.
The movie also stars John Arcilla and Arnold Reyes. It won the Best Asian Future Film award at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2016. Mikhail Red co-wrote the screenplay with his cousin Rae Red. Red also co-edited the film with Jay Halili.
The film was produced by Pamela L. Reyes, and was co-produced by PelikulaRED, Tuko Film Productions, and Buchi Boy Productions.
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