Cameroon Love Letter (For Solo Piano)

  • 70'
  • Philippines
  • 2010
There are film makers who work with a well-considered plan and a written script. There are also film makers who believe in spontaneity, chance and intuition. There is no doubt that Khavn, the most independent of Filipino film makers, belongs to the latter category. He films like a jazz musician. His camera is a solo instrument and everything around him is part of his band. He started filming even before he passed immigration control at Yaoundé airport, and during his stay in Cameroon he didn't really stop.
It's clear that Khavn's film acquired its final form only after the wild filming in Cameroon. The term 'jazz musician' is not only a metaphor. Khavn is also a musician; maybe he is primarily a musician and only secondly a film maker. In any case, his film, in monochrome blue, acquired an outspoken musical and poetic form. A continuous piano composition holds the various images together and two long letters tell the story.
Khavn was often held to be the director of the Filipino soap series The Promise (Pangako Sa ‘Yo’), which is very popular in Cameroon, and that was a great advantage for him. He playfully borrows his protagonists from the series. At a serious level, Khavn also refers to the film couple Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc, who were brutally murdered in 2009.

Director
Khavn
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Philippines, Cameroon
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
70'
Medium
Mini DV NTSC
Language
English
Producer
Khavn
Production Company
Filmless Films
Sales
Filmless Films
Screenplay
Khavn, Pocholo Goitia, Sasha Martinez, Kris Lacaba, Daryll Delgado
Cinematography
Khavn de la Cruz
Editor
Lawrence S. Ang
Music
Khavn de la Cruz
Cast
Gertjan Zuilhof
Local Distributor
International Film Festival Rotterdam