Philippine Oscar-Contender TRANSIT Acquired by Electric Entertainment
Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment announced today it has picked up all worldwide sales rights, excluding the Philippines, to the critically-acclaimed Filipino drama TRANSIT, which marks the debut of director Hannah Espia. The Tagalog and Hebrew-language film, which depicts the plight of Filipino immigrants in Israel, was written by Espia and Giancarlo Abrahan and was produced by Paul Soriano and Ernest Escaler, with Liza Araneta Marcos as Associate Producer. The cast includes Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina, Mercedes Cabral, Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Marc Justine Alvarez. TRANSIT is the Philippines' official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar consideration and was recognized recently with a Special Mention at the 18th Busan International Film Festival. Electric Entertainment will be selling the film at the American Film Market next month.
TRANSIT explores the intersecting stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting the children of migrant workers looms over their precarious lives. Janet (Adlawan), a domestic worker on an expired visa, struggles to hide her half-Israeli daughter, Yael (Curtis-Smith)-a rebellious teenager caught up in a juvenile romance. Most endangered in the situation is Janet's four-year old nephew, Joshua (Alvarez), whom Janet and Yael watch over because the boy's father, Moises (Medina), must work out of town during the week as a caregiver. Joshua is the most vulnerable to the deportation law because he is under the age of five and therefore must be kept hidden otherwise he risks being seen by the immigration authorities, who regularly patrol the neighborhood. The film also explores the life of a young lady, Tina (Cabral), who arrives to start a new life in Israel.
"As someone who is both Filipino and Jewish, I was particularly moved by this film, though the themes of this film are truly Universal and can be applied to almost every culture in the industrial world. The filmmakers have taken a complex subject and have created an incredibly moving and touching story. I could not be more proud to be associated with this project and look forward to doing whatever I can to get this film seen around the globe," commented Devlin.
"We couldn't be happier to be working with a filmmaker of Dean's caliber and are very excited to see our film reach an international audience through his Electric Entertainment," said Soriano.
Devlin's sales outfit, headed by Sonia Mehandjiyska, recently launched with THE WANNABE, a feature to be executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Dean Devlin and Traction Media (SHORT TERM 12), and starring Patricia Arquette (STIGMATA, TRUE ROMANCE, "Boardwalk Empire"), Vincent Piazza ( JERSEY BOYS, "Boardwalk Empire"), and Michael Imperioli ("Oldboy," "The Sopranos"). Nick Sandow is directing from his own script, with Lizzie Nastro (BLUEBIRD) and Michael Gasparro producing. Electric is fully financing the film.
Devlin is currently in pre-production on his feature directorial debut, GEOSTORM, which he is producing with Skydance Pictures' David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and Electric's Roskin and Olschan.