A Sabbath on the Longest Day of the Year
2021 / The Philippines / 15 minutes / dir. Edmund Telmo
The day that the Blessed Virgin of Cotta returns to the city coincides with the day that a fertility ritual is performed by pagans on the street. It is also the day that Historia, a young novice nun, will take her vows. Her friend, Criselda, who is suffering from insomnia that slowly erases her memories, is about to hear the execution of her mother on the same day. While their lives are about to change, they delay their participation in the most mundane way. It is not a coincidence that all these happens in the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.
Edmund Telmo is one of the youngest, emerging filmmakers in Mindanao, Southern Philippines. His films have shown all over the country. He received the Golden Durian Prize from the Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival 2017 for his short film “Redempsyon” (Redemption). The same film earned him a nomination in the short film section of the 41st Gawad Urian Awards. His film “3021” won the Jury Prize at the Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival Davao 2018.