Kusina ni Clara
E. L. Nicole Ferriols
KUSINA NI CLARA tells the story of Clara who is forced to stay at her grandmother Lucing’s house for the weekend after finding out her parents had just separated. Lucing, wanting to console and communicate with her granddaughter, does so in a way she knows and does best: through her cooking. However, a cold and aloof Clara is quiet in the presence of her grandmother and denies what is laid before her. But when a tragedy sparks something inside Clara, she decides to eat her grandmother’s cooking for the first time and realizes where the real flavor of Lucing’s dishes comes from.
The film is a retelling of this moment in Clara’s life in the form of a modern day cooking show.
E. L. NICOLE N. FERRIOLS is a BA Film graduate of the University of the Philippines. Upon graduating, her thesis film, Kusina ni Clara, was awarded Special Mention for Narrative Film. The same film was nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Narrative Short at the Asian Youth Indie Film Festival held in Malaysia and garnered the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 CinePambata Film Festival. Her film has also been screened in the United States and around the Philippines.
Nikki currently works as an Associate Producer for international kids channel, Nickelodeon, while continuing to do freelance work as a writer, camera operator, editor, and director. She hopes to one day direct her own feature film.
MAIKLING PELIKULA is a program featuring outstanding and award-winning short films. Likewise to be featured will be a discussion and annotation by the director-filmmaker. The program will highlight the experimental and narrative genres of film.