Supot

A Film by Phil Giordano

Synopsis

In some provinces in the Philippines, to this day, boys around the age of 10 are circumcised. But they aren’t cut in hospitals, like in the city, they are cut in a stream. The boys strip, jump into the water, line up, chew guava leaves, and then face the moment of truth: Will they be brave and become men or run away and be seen as cowardly? SUPOT follows Rene-boy, an introverted 10 year old who is the son of Itoy, the Mang Tutuli (performer of circumcisions). Everyone loves Itoy and he is the ultimate man’s man. Rene-boy’s brother is Kinopi, a ferocious bully, who following in his father’s footsteps as being tough and charismatic. After Rene-boy runs away from his circumcision (he’s scared of the pain), a shadow of shame is cast on him. Rene-boy’s young mother, is tough yet tender to him. She doesn’t let him off the hook. She warns him that inevitably he will have to be cut and that he has to find courage. Based on his mothers words, and his extreme feelings of shame, Rene-boy embarks on the ultimate challenge: to prove to his father that he’s a man.

Director

  • Picture of Phil Giordano © Phil Giordano

    Phil Giordano

    Phil Giordano is an Italian-American filmmaker from Staten Island, New York. He received his MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia. Immediately after graduating, he accepted a contract to work as a director at one of the top production companies in Singapore. While there, they were nominated for Production Agency of the Year.
    Since then, Phil has won two commercial directing awards as well as being a recipient of the 2017 Hollywood Foreign Press Award. He has directed commercials for Universal Music, KFC, Porsche, and Philips. His NYU thesis SUPOT was a Finalist at the Starz Denver Screenwriting Competition and a Semi-Finalist in the SHOWTIME Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition. SUPOT had its World Premiere at the 21st Busan International Film Festival and its US Premiere at the Academy-Award Qualifyng Florida Film Festival. A feature film he is developing ‘Race to 23’ to be shot in Manila, Philippines was recently selected as 1 of 15 projects to SAFF (Southeast Asia Film Financing Project Market). Phil currently lives and works in Singapore.

Awards + Festivals

  • *NOMINATED FOR THE SONJE AWARD*
    21st BUSAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, World Premiere, Busan, South Korea)October 12, 2016
  • 4th EKADESHMA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kathmandu, Nepal)November 11, 2016
  • 26th FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Southeast US Premiere, Florida, USA)April 21, 2017
  • 18th NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, North American Premiere, Newport, USA) April 28, 2017
  • *WINNER 1st PRIZE - THE WASSERMAN AWARD*
    31st FIRST RUN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)April 28, 2017
  • 15th PLEIN LA BOBINE (Official Selection,La Bourboule, France)May 27, 2017
  • *BEST DIRECTOR (STUDENT)*
    6th KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)July 23, 2017
  • 19th SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Birmingham, Alabama, USA)August 22, 2017
  • 5th DUHOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Non-Competitive Section "World Visions", Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan)September 9, 2017
  • 11th BALI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia)September 24, 2017
  • 20th SCAD SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Savannah, Georgia, USA)October 28, 2017
  • 13th EARLY BIRD INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 1, 2017
  • 1st TOFIFES - TORRECINOS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Panamá, Panama)November 20, 2017
  • 24th INT'L FILM FESTIVAL ETIUDA&ANIMA 2017 (ETIUDA competition, Krakow, Poland)November 21, 2017
  • 3rd CORTOCIRCUITO SAVIGLIANO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Savigliano, Italy)October 22, 2018

Trailer

Crew

Screenplay
Phil Giordano
Producer
Shandii Bacolod
Director
Phil Giordano
Director of Photography
Malay Prakash
Art Direction
Recci Bacolor
Costume Design
Mina Cruz
Sound
Eddie Lim
Editor
Kats Serraon
Sound Design
Eddie Lim
Music
Thomas Derenzo

Details

Running Time
12:30 min.
Shooting Format
Digital 2K/ Arri Alexa/ Frequency 24fps
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD), Blu-Ray, ProRes
Aspect Ratio
2:35:1
Sound
5.1
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL

New York University Tisch Asia
Michael Burke

DIRECTOR

Phil Giordano

contact@philipgiordano.com
www.philipgiordano.com

www.facebook.com/supotbyphilgiordano