- Japan Premiere
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The Eternity Between Seconds
Director: Alec FIGURACION
2018｜Philippines｜83min｜Language: English, Filipino｜Subtitles: English, Japanese
|3/9 (Sat)||18:40||Cine Libre Umeda 4|
|3/15 (Fri)||10:15||Cine Libre Umeda 4||◎|
- Yeng CONSTANTINO
Andres is a worn-out melancholic motivational speaker and self-help author in his early 40's. Despite being under pressure to make it to the deadline of his next book and burdened by an event in his past, he remains on the treadmill and has travelled to Korea for a book signing but finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into his melancholia and disillusionment. Trying to forget himself, he kills time at Incheon airport where he meets Sam, a twenty-something Korean-Filipino (Kopino) who is about to meet her estranged Korean father for the very first time. She, too, has her anxieties and sadness and so they share time together, bonding over neuroses and philosophies, prolonging the few hours they have together at the airport before they re-enter reality.
Filmed with a lightness of touch but a depth of feeling, the story sells the idea of strangers providing comfort for each other, even if for a brief moment.
- Director’s Message/Statement
I am interested in the topographical and the stories in the fissures and corners of the spaces we occupy – from ordinary homes to structural marvels. I seek inspiration from behind brutal concrete foundations and cold metal beams and draw characters out of their lonely rooms.
When I saw Incheon International Airport for the first time, I was deeply inspired to create a narrative that follows two characters as they develop a relationship in between burdens and lightness; over constant conversations and intimate quietness. Time is the film’s ultimate antagonist. Andres is weighed down by his past while Sam fears her future. The present also becomes an incessant reminder of Andres’ impending flight back to Manila. In their world where the now, the then, and the next occurs all at once, moving forward becomes a burden and the in-between is the only choice. “The Eternity Between Seconds” captures the brittleness of brief moments confined in the sphere of transience – two strangers forming a fleeting connection that will remain so.