THE MOUNTAIN THIEF
Saturday, March 5th, 21:00, J.A De Sève Concordia
Gerry BALASTA, United States/Philippines, 2010, 78min, Tagalog with English subtitles
with special guest director Gerry Balasta
In a world of monstrous mountains of trash, Julio and his son confront their ultimate fight for survival as they seek refuge and redemption from war and hunger. Together, they navigate territorial rivalries and intense desperation among scavengers, surviving--and finding love--despite horrific living conditions. Julio, involved in a murder incident, must prove his innocence to avoid his family's banishment and ultimate starvation.
In December of 2004, Gerry Balasta went to the Philippines, where he was born and directed The Mountain Thief. The film won the 2010 special Jury award at the San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival, Prix du public at the CCIIFF in the south of France and The George C. Lin Emerging filmmaker Award in DC.