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THE INTERPRETER

THE INTERPRETER

LANGUAGES: English/Japanese | SUBTITLES: English

FILM SPECS

Running Time: 25 minutes
Genre: Crime Romance
Format: 4K
Aspect Ratio: 2:39
Language: English and Japanese (with English and Japanese subtitles)

SYNOPSIS

Inspired by true events, The Interpreter follows a fledgling love triangle between Jacob, an American man seeking to date a Japanese woman, Hiromi, and Kaito, their Japanese-American interpreter in Tokyo, Japan. As Kaito tries his best to maintain his polite and professional boundaries as a hired third party, his genuine chemistry with Hiromi becomes harder for him to ignore. Bonding with Hiromi over cosplay in their native language feels more real to him than the flirty, but strained interactions Kaito has to connect between Jacob and Hiromi. As Kaito spends more time with the two, he starts to get the unsettling feeling that something is amiss. Someone is not who they seem to be and it is up to Kaito to forgo his backseat role and take action when he realizes manipulation, deceit and danger are in play.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Production Company: Esperanza Films
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST

Kumi Takiuchi as Hiromi
Kai Issey as Jacob
Eric Joshua Eusebio as Kaito

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Benito Bautista
Screenwriter: Benito Bautista and Emma Francisco
Producer: Emma Francisco and Benito Bautista
Director of Photography: Masafumi Seki
Sound: Junji Yoshikata
Editing: Cheryl Centeno
Sound Mix and Design: Mikko Quizon
Music Composer: Payton Quintel

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: Crime romance
Sub-genre: Coming-of-age
Language: Japanese and English
Country of origin: U.S.A.
Year of production: 2018
Total running time: 25 minutes
Shooting format: 4K
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 2:39
Sound format: 5.1

AWARDS

Best Short Film Award Winner - The World’s Independent Film Festival, San Francisco 2019
Best Supporting Actor, Kai Issey - San Diego Film Awards 2019
Best Editing, Cheryl Centeno - San Diego Film Awards 2019
Best Sound Design, Mikko Quizon - San Diego Film Awards 2019
Audience Choice Award Winner, Short Narrative - San Diego Film Week 2019

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

SOHO International Film Festival, 2020
San Diego Film Week, 2019
San Diego International Film Festival, 2019
The World’s Independent Film Festival, San Francisco, 2019
Guam International Film Festival, 2019
New Filmmakers, Los Angeles, 2019

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

Benito Bautista is an award-winning Filipino filmmaker based in San Diego, California. His films have screened and garnered awards from prestigious film festivals such as the Busan International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and CAAMFest to name a few. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization San Diego Filipino Cinema. SDFC’s mission is to develop and nurture global Filipino filmmakers and showcase their work to the diverse audience in San Diego.