Cast: Charlie Dizon, Paulo Avelino
After the feature, enjoy a FREE bonus pre-recorded Q&A with director Antoinette Jadaone, director of FAN GIRL.
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival
Official Selection, 2020 Tokyo International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2020 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Fangirls are often reduced to obsessed teens with nothing better to do than blindly admiring celebrities. But Antoinette Jadaone’s gripping feature film FAN GIRL takes a deep plunge into the psyche of a teen fanatic who takes it further, losing her grip on the boundaries between screen entertainment and reality. A girl consumed by her own fantasies, Jane (Charlie Dizon) penetrates those well-guarded boundaries when she secretly sneaks onto the truck of dreamy romance actor Paulo (Paulo Avelino as himself) to get a glimpse into the life of someone she only knows through movies and mall appearances.
A veteran of both independent and mainstream filmmaking, Jadaone deconstructs fandom, and reconstructs it within the context of an impoverished home and family turbulence. And then there’s the bubble-popping behind-the-curtains look at stardom itself: Paulo’s shady real-life, which Jane needs to decide whether it is worth the potential danger. Watching the sweaty battle of power and uncertainty between Jane and Paolo, the audience may never grasp who is the predator and who is the victim. There’s a reason why they say you should never meet your heroes.
Co-Presented by San Diego Filipino Cinema, County of San Diego Filipino-American Employees Association