Venice: beware of shock films from the Philippines and Ukraine

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– ROME, AUGUST 19 – Beware of those two. They could be the surprises of this 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival, two little-known cinematographic films, but united by politics, originality and also by the violence of the images, as declared by Alberto Barbera himself at the press meeting at the end of July. These are ON THE JOB: THE MISSING 8 by cult Filipino director Erik Matti, and REFLECTION by Ukrainian Valentyn Vasyanovych.

Meanwhile, ON THE JOB: THE MISSING 8, sequel to a 2013 film, action thriller presented at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

So says Barbera: “Filipino film that offers the best of a national production straddling genre and auteur cinema. A director who comes from the B series where he measured himself with the parody of cult films of superheroes and detective stories. this work, which lasts three and a half hours, however, makes a leap towards Serie A without giving up anything of its past, but seasoning it with a very harsh and courageous political denunciation of the corruption that is rampant in his country. literally conquered “.

Ukrainian director Valentyn Vasyanovych, as Barbera said, “is not entirely unknown to Venetian viewers because his first work, ATLANTIS, won the Horizons best film award in 2019 and was also nominated for an Oscar. It is with great pleasure therefore that we welcome REFLECTION, his second film, in the main competition. The themes are very similar to the reality of the first film, namely the horror and the inhuman violence of war. Also in this case there are some scenes of great violence that are destined to disturb the viewer “. (HANDLE).