Be part of an adventure beyond words in ‘The Emoji Movie’

Human beings have never been more connected. With the smartphone, we are never out of touch from each other – and constantly in touch with people around the world. And with a simple invention, we are now able to communicate with people who are separated from us by language, borders, oceans…

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Now, Sony Pictures Animation takes you into the secret world inside your phone for a rollicking adventure in The Emoji Movie (in Philippine cinemas August 23, 2017).

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

“Emojis help us express ourselves in ways we don’t have time to express, or don’t have the forethought to express, or are afraid to express,” says Tony Leondis, one of the writers and the director of The Emoji Movie. “When I get a heart-eyes emoji from my mom, it actually means something – it makes me smile. In this world of technology, the human heart has found a way to connect.”

“Everybody’s using emojis – they’re part of our everyday life,” says producer Michelle Raimo Kouyate. “I always enjoy animated movies that go inside a world that you deal with every day, but never gave a thought to.”

And for T.J. Miller, who voices the lead role of an emoji named Gene in the film, that’s the perfect jumping off point for a movie. “Parents use emojis with kids and kids use emojis with parents, so everyone is in on the joke from the get-go. From the first scene, you think, ‘Oh, I use that emoji all the time, my friend uses the dancing woman emoji,’” he says. “And when you add the fun of having Sir Pooptrick Stewart playing Poop, Sofia Vergara playing Flamenca, Anna Faris playing Jailbreak – she’s so dynamic – Maya Rudolph is so funny, Steven Wright, one of my icons in the standup world, Jennifer Coolidge and James Corden are never not funny… I was excited to join them because it seemed like the project had the elements to be a great and very surprising movie.”

The Emoji Movie is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

GUIDE: International Silent Film Festival Manila 2017

The 11th International Silent Film Festival Manila runs from August 31 to September 3 at the Shang Cineplex of Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.


Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are distributed 30 minutes before every screening.


  • El Gilfo (1918) – Spain
    Live music from rock band Talahib
  • Underground (1928) – UK
    Live music from band Goodleaf
  • The New Enchantment (1923) – France
    Live music from Frence-Vietnamese harpist and singer HeloiseLaHarpe
  • A Perfect Family (2017) – Italy
    Live music from instrumental rock trio Tom’s Story
  • Dragnet Girl (1933) – Japan
    Live music from string ensembles The Celso Espejo Rondalla with silent film narrator Ichiro Kataoka
  • Taglish (2012) – Philippines
    Live music from instrumental stoner-metal Kapitan Kulam
  • Cafe Elektric (1927) – Austria
    Live music from pop-rock band Rivermaya
  • Pandora’s Box (1929) – Germany
    Live music from alternative rock band Sandwich
  • The General (1926) – U.S.A.
    Live music from ensemble Flippin Soul Stompers


August 31 (Thu) • 8:00 PM

The Festival reels off at 8:00PM on Thursday, August 31st with lnstituto Cervantes presenting the classic action/comedy El Golfo (1918), directed by Jose de Togores. Starring Irene Heredia, Mariano Ozores and Ernesto Vilches, the film tells the story of Enrique Villar, a tramp, who goes through much trouble to win the heart of his lady love. The rock band Talahib will accompany this film with a live performance.

September 1 (Fri) • 7:30 PM

On Friday, September 1st, at 07:30PM, the British Council will present a unique offering. Thanks to the discovery of an alternative print at the Brussels Cinematheque Royale, and advancement in photo-chemical and digital techniques, the British Film Institute has restored the magnificence of Anthony Asquith’s Underground, a 1928 silent romance that reveals 1920s London life in the underground tube system. A live musical performance by dub band Goodleaf will accompany the film.

September 1 (Fri) • 9:30 PM

At 9:30PM, also on September 1st, the Embassy of France to the Philippines will present L’lnhumaine or The New Enchantment (1923), a story of love and deceit directed by Marcel L’Herbier. The film will be scored by the French-Vietnamese harpist HeloiseLaHarpe, together with Ryan Villamor on piano and synthesizer and Aldous Castro on percussion and handpans.

September 2 (Sat) • 3:00 PM

On Saturday, September 2nd at 3:00PM, the Philippine Italian Association together with the Embassy of Italy will screen the world premiere of an experimental silent film by Filipino-Italian director Ruben Maria Soriquez: Una Famiglia Perfetta or A Perfect Family (2017). The movie will be live-scored by thre instrumental rock trio Tom’s Story.

September 2 (Sat) • 5:30 PM

At 5:30PM, the Japan Foundationn, Manila will feature Hijosen no Onna or Dragnet Girl (1933) by Yasujiro Ozu. This screening will feature a rare performance by Ichiro Kataoka, a noted benshi or silent film narrator/actor/storyteller from Japan, who will provide a live interpretation of the silent film. The screening and nrration will be accompanied by The Celso Espejo Rondala, a group which plays Filipino music on traditional native string intruments.

September 2 (Sat) • 8:00 PM

Ending the night with an 08:00PM screening will be the Philippines with Gym Lumberais 2-person drama Taglish (2012), which started as a damaged film entitled Tagalog, then English, and finally the present title Taglish. The film will be accompanied by the stoner-metal quartet Kapitan Kulam.

September 3 (Sun) • 3:00 PM

On Sunday, September 3rd at 3:00PM, the Embassy of Austria will feature Cafe Elektric (1927) directed by Gustav Ucicky. Cafe Elektric was the last film made and released by Sascha-Film, the first major film studio in Vienna. The live score will be played by one of the most established Filipino bands, Rivermaya.

September 3 (Sun) • 5:30 PM

At 5:30PM, Goethe-lnstitut Philippinen will screen one of silent cinema’s masterworks, Pandora’s Box 1929 , by George Wilhelm Pabst. Based on the controversial plays of Frank Wedekind, the film features the dazzling Louise Brooks in her classic bobbed hairstyle as lulu. Pandora’s Box will be accompanied by the band Sandwhich, led by local rock icon Raymond Marasigan.

September 3 (Sun) • 8:00 PM

Closing the festival at 08:00PM will be the U.S. Embassy’s screening of one of the most-reverd comedies of the silent era, The General (1926). Co-directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton, the film also stars the iconic Keaton as an ill-fated railroad engineer. The ·film will be scored by a band of veteran musicians — exponents of Motown, Stax, Funk, Blues and Soul – the Flippin Soul Stampers.


This year’s film’s experience will have a unique addition, an exhibit at The Atrium of the Shangri-La by partner organization Para sa Sining, from August 31st to September 3rd. This community of creative collaborators will also present contemporary films of the silent film genre by their member-filmmakers.

On September 3rd at 2:00PM, 7:15PM and 9:30PM, the group will present Musike x Pelikula, during which their films will be scored by live musical performances from young and upcoming Filipino artists.

2:00 pm
Film by Nikolo Salazar
Music by ALPAS

7:15 pm
Film by Ivan of UP Cineasters’ Studio
Music by BennyBunnyBand

9:30 pm
Film by Noah del Rosario
Music by Fiona

10:00 pm
Film by Jedd Rommel & Ron Genato
Music by Ja Quintana

Established in 2007 as the very first event of its kind in Asia, the ISFFM promises to bring once more to Manila film buffs and music aficionados an extraordinary experience. From the 1890’s to the 1920’s, audiences around the world were enchanted by the magic of watching soundless images on a saeen accompanied by live music played by different performing artists. This year, Philippine-Italian Association, the Japan Foundation Manila, Goethe-Institut Philippinen, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Institute Cervantes, the British Council, and the Embassies of the United States of America, France and Austria, are extremely proud to present 11th edition of the International Silent Film Festival in Manila.