European Premiere

Fan Girl

Local title
Fänn
Original title
Fan Girl
Director
Antoinette Jadaone
Country
Philippines
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

"Never meet your heroes" seems to be the best suited motto for Antoinette Jadaone’s latest film "Fan Girl", a powerful take on the adolescent obsession with on-screen idols that addresses a universal theme but firmly grounds it in the social reality of the Philippines and in particular in the world of Filipino romantic comedies, powerful vehicles to blur the line between reality and fiction. The result is a multi-faceted yet shocking portrait of shattered fantasies against harsh realities.

Jane is a high-school student who lives with her mother and her abusive boyfriend. To escape the gloomy reality of her daily life she takes refuge in the glossy, romantic on-screen world of celebrity heartthrob Paulo Avelino – who plays himself in the film. She is Paulo Avelino’s number one fan.

One day, while attending an event in a shopping mall for the presentation of the upcoming film of Paulo and Bea – the most beloved "love team" in the country – she finds her way to the actor’s pick-up truck and manages to hide in it, excited and thrilled at the prospect of spending time with her idol. After hours of driving amidst unfamiliar surroundings, she finds herself in a decadent mansion, at night, with a person, her hero, her love, her Paulo Avelino, who is in fact very different from the man she idolizes – her dreams slowly fading away.

Giovanna Fulvi

Director
Antoinette Jadaone
Screenwriter
Antoinette Jadaone
Cast
Charlie Dizon, Paulo Avelino
Producer
Bianca Balbuena, Dan Villegas
DoP
Neil Daza
Editor
Benjamin Tolentino
Runtime
Language
Filipino

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening080101 / Fänn
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening085002 / Fänn
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema Tartu
Screening112204 / Fänn
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 6 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening150402 / Fänn
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker