About the Movie
“PISAY”, directed by Auraeus Solito, PSHS ’86, winner of the Best Director, Best Production Design and the Audience Choice Awards at the recently concluded Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, is a story about eight students who makes it to the premier science high school during the politically volatile 80’s in the Philippines. These students find the world outside, with the chaos of the end of the Marcos dictatorship erupting into the People Power revolution in 1986, being replicated within the school as they struggle to graduate, contend with teachers, classmates, family, school officials, and a new classification system to segregate students into two groups based on their academic ranking. It chronicles their journey of self discovery as they go through the joys and pains of adolescence.
The screen writer is Henry Grajeda, also of PSHS ’86.
Auraeus Solito, is the man behind the award wining film “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” that won 15 international awards including 3 awards at the Berlinale, International Forum for New Cinema. He also directed “Tuli” that won Best Picture and Best Director at the Digital Competition at the 2005 CineManila Film Festival and recently won the grand jury award for international narrative feature in the Outfest Festival in Southern California and the NETPAC Jury Prize at the Berlinale, International Forum for New Cinema. He is the first Filipino to make it to the premiere independent film festival in the world, the SUNDANCE Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA, two years in a row for both “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros” and “Tuli”. “PISAY” is his 3rd dramatic feature film.