- International Premiere
Special Programs < New Action! Southeast Asia >
Director: Jose Enrique TIGLAO
2019｜Philippines｜99min｜Language: Filipino｜Subtitles: English, Japanese
|Cine Libre Umeda 4
- Gold AZERON
Adam is a rough-and-tumble 15-year-old boy born to a conservative father who is a pastor and an illiterate mother. Adam's initiation into puberty takes an interesting spin, beginning with the arrival of a transfer student, Angel, an older girl with a dark past. Adam and Angel get along well but as they start to hang out, Adam begins to menstruate. It turns out that he was born with both male and female genitalia. This is the start of a painful journey where Adam finds himself lost in a painful transformation as he explores the spiritual and physical limits of gender identity and the ambiguities of fate and desires.
"Metamorphosis" is the first Filipino film that features an intersex character. Intersex characters are a rarity in cinema and the topic rarely discussed in wider society but this film, told with sympathy for all characters to bring out their humanity and make them relatable, presents a well-shot tale that makes the topic accessible for all.