Maroon Peaks Entertainment announces the New York theatrical release and North American premiere of the acclaimed Filipino film, “K’na The Dreamweaver.” Written and directed by young woman filmmaker Ida del Mundo, “K’na the Dreamweaver” opens Friday, June 26th at the Producers’ Club INDIEHOUSE Cinema (358 West 44th St. New York, NY).
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Cinemalaya, the film tells the story of K’na, a T’boli tribal princess growing up amidst a century-old clan war that has separated the T’bolis into two villages on the North and South banks of Lake Sebu. At a young age, K’na, is trained in the art of weaving t’nalak, an indigenous cloth with designs granted through dreams by the village goddess of abaca.
When K’na becomes the village’s dreamweaver, her father, the village datu or chieftain, decides to put an end to the tribal war once and for all by arranging a marriage between K’na and Kagis, the heir to the throne of the North. But K’na is already in love with Silaw, a childhood friend whose family supplies the finest abaca fibers to the dreamweavers. So, K’na has to decide whether or not tol give up her true love for the sake of peace. Or will she forsake her family and tradition to seek happiness with her loved one?
Says Don Torrance, owner and distribution director of Maroon Peaks Entertainment: “I loved the beauty and simplicity of “K’na The Dreamweaver.” It reminded me so much of the early Zhang Yimou films that were lucid, gorgeously shot, and ended so poignantly. This is that kind of film and I know it will travel well in other U.S. cities, given the universal love story at its center which is enriched by a woman’s perspective.”
Only in her early 20’s, writer-director Ida del Mundo is the daughter of Clodualdo ‘Doy’ del Mundo Jr., one of the Philippines’ top scenarists, having written some of the best works by Lino Brocka and Mike de Leon, two of the country’s most lauded filmmakers in the 70’s and 80’s. “K’na The Dreamweaver,” which is executive produced by Fernando Ortigas and E.A. Rocha, stars Mara Lopez, RK Bagatsing, Alex Medina,
Nonie Buencamino, and Bembol Roco (the lead actor of the acclaimed 1975 classic “Maynila, Sa Kuko ng Liwanag” directed by Brocka and written by Doy del Mundo.)
Ms. del Mundo will be in town on opening weekend to introduce the film and do Q&A’s after the screenings.
Daily showtimes are 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 pm.
(Director Ida del Mundo is available for phone interviews. Running time is 85 minutes.)
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