When it comes to telling to stories on Filipino culture, Benito Bautista has made a big mark with films such as Harana and Gift of the Barong.
But the San Diego-based filmmaker, has shown some international-cross cultural success at the recent San Diego Film Week with his short film, “The Interpreter.”
The movie was inspired by true events in Japan about an online date with a tragic ending.
The Interpreter follows a love triangle between a Japanese American tourist in Tokyo, a local woman he met online.
The movie scored 10 nominations.
“We’re so happy and thankful the interpreter film was nominated in 10 film category awards at the San Diego Film Festival, and we’re happy we won three best editing, best sound design and best supporting actor, and its really nice when you win awards — but winning awards is not the end game, we’re interested in the messaging in the films that we make and at the same time also the process.”
Among the nominees was first time actor, Filipino-American Eric Joshua Eusebio, who got a best actor nomination.
The San Diego-born and raised Eusebio speaks fluent Japanese, making him a perfect fit for the title role.
With the success of this film, Bautista, who co-founded San Diego Filipino Cinema is continuing his work. While he can’t reveal much detail, he has a couple projects in the works going back to his Pinoy roots.
While he hopes to proudly carry Pinoy culture, he hopes to also showcase the film making his hometown of San Diego, right down to his local talents like Eusebio.