Chito S. Roño’s ‘Signal Rock’ is PH’s Foreign Language Film entry to Oscars 2019

Chito S. Roño’s ‘Signal Rock’ has been selected by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) as the Philippine entry to the Foreign Language Film category of the 2019 Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

This was confirmed by the production team of CSR Films PH and its distributor Regal Entertainment on Wednesday, September 26.

‘Signal Rock’ premiered at the recent Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino where it earned the Critic’s Choice and Special Jury Awards. It also got four international film festival invitations.

The story revolves around Intoy (Christian Bables), who lives in an impoverished fishing island, taking care of his parents, while waiting for his sister Vicky, an overseas Filipino worker, send them money. Just like many women in the island, Vicky has flown to a foreign land, and married a foreigner, as a practical way to help their families back in the Philippines. Since Intoy lives in a remote area, getting in touch with Vicky through a mobile phone is a constant struggle. The only way to get through a call to Vicky is to get a good signal by scrambling on the strange rock formations on the island.

But the better life they hope for goes down the drain when Vicky, together with her daughter, flees her husband, who turns out to be abusive. This leaves Intoy, poor but with a gift of gab, to be resourceful and come up with a master plan to help his sister and his niece from their adversity. Intoy steps up to become the hope of the family to protect its members get them safely.

‘Signal Rock’ stars Christian Bables, Elora Españo, Mara Lopez, Francis Magundayao, and the veterans actors Daria Ramirez, Arnold Reyes, Nanding Josef, Archie Adamos, Sue Prado, JayR Versales, Keana Reeves, Julia Chua, Kokoy De Santos, Jomari Angeles, Ruby Ruiz, Mon Confiado, Ces Quesada, Lee O’Brian, Dido Dela Paz and many more.

READ MORE: ‘Signal Rock’: First collab of master director Chito Roño, Best Supporting actor Christian Bables

The 91st Academy Awards will be held in California in March 2019.

Return to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ final trailer

The Wizarding World you know, the story you don’t. Watch the Final Trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas November 15.

Following the launch of the final trailer, Warner Bros. has also revealed the nine new character posters which may be checked out below.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company. Join the conversation online and use the hashtags #WandsReady and #FantasticBeasts

About “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers.