TBA Studios Acquires Philippines Rights To Oscar Submission ‘Plan 75’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Manila-based TBA Studios Acquired Philippine Film Rights to Award-Winning Drama Diet 75which is Japan’s submission for the Best International Feature Film category of the Oscars.

The Japanese-language film has a strong connection to the Philippines. It features Filipino actress Stefanie Arriane in the cast, while Filipino-American company Fusee is one of the producers, with Wilfredo C. Manalang, George Sommerrock and Alicia Catubay-Watt taking producer credits, and Alemberg Ang des Daluyong studios from the Philippines on board. as co-producer.

The film was produced by the Japanese Loaded Films, Happinet Phantom Studios and Dongyu Club, with the French Urban Factory, Fusee and Ang. Urban Sales handles international sales outside of co-production territories. Fusee retained the Philippine rights.

Written and directed by acclaimed short filmmaker Chie Hayakawa, the film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Camera d’Or Special Mention.

Based on Hayakawa’s segment of the Japanese version of the Ten years anthology movies, Diet 75 takes place in the near future when the Japanese government launches a program encouraging voluntary euthanasia for the elderly as a remedy for a super-aged society.

Leading the cast are veteran Japanese actress Chieko Baisho and Hayato Isomura. Arriane plays a caregiver working overseas to support a sick girl at home.

“I am happy to hear the long-awaited news that Diet 75 will finally reach audiences in the Philippines. I am truly grateful to all the Filipino actors and producers and those who believe in and support this film,” Hayakawa said.

“It is truly an honor for us to be able to present this beautiful film in the Philippines. It’s a quiet, understated film, but with a big, poignant message that we hope will resonate with a lot of people,” said TBA Studios President and COO Daphne O. Chiu.

TBA Studios said the acquisition was part of an ongoing strategy to bring a diverse lineup of films to Filipino audiences. Recent company releases include Everything everywhere all at once and documentary Fanny: the right to rockwhile later this year he will release the Cannes Palme d’Or winner triangle of sadness.

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