If I Knew What You Said (Dinig Sana Kita) | Aug. 13, 2010 | Film | Toronto

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The Filipino indie film, If I Knew What You Said (Dinig Sana Kita) has won the heart of critics everywhere as it traversed the festival circuit from Toronto to Brussels over the past year. It was an official selection in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Brussels International Film Festival (BIFF). It won numerous awards including Best Music and Audience Choice from the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival (CIFF), and Grand Prize Award for Special Competition-International Deaf Section from the Brussels International Film Festival. Now, it’s launching August 13th for its Canadian theatrical release.

If I Knew What You Said (Dinig Sana Kita)
Aug. 13-19, 2010, 2:00pm- 9:30pm | Rainbow Cinemas

Carlton Cinema at 20 Carlton St.

The film centres around Nina Sevilla (Zoe Sandejas), a wealthy troublemaker and Kiko Reyes (Romalito Mallari), a hearing-impaired orphan. She is a rock musician, and he is a dancer. She is disconnected from her family, and he is desperately searching for his mother. It seems like they are polar opposites, but things are not always as they appear. As the pair gets to know one another a deep relationship forms between them, teaching them that love and understanding is more than what words have to offer.

If I Knew What You Said is much more than a teen romance as it touches on struggles that the hearing-impaired have in the Philippines without being preachy. The film has been called clever, sweet and heartwarming. For this, we can thank the acclaimed actors: Zoe Sandejas and Romalito Mallari, for their ability to capture their characters’ passions and deep internalizations. Sandejas is also the daughter of the film’s producer/director Mike Sandejas, while Mallari is the first Filipino deaf actor to be cast in a leading role in history! Together the two won hearts across Asia, Europe and North America – hopefully they will win yours, too!

Be sure to catch this theatrical production while it’s near you!

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