Nervous Translation

Nervous Translation

Original name: Nervous Translation
English name: Nervous Translation
Year: 2018
Run time: 90'
Language: Filipino
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Philippines
Director: Shireen Seno
Producer: John Torres, Ronald Arguelles
Cast: Jana Agoncillo, Angge Santos, Sid Lucero
Screenplay: Shireen Seno
Cinematographer: Albert Banzon, Jippy Pascua, Dennese Victoria
Editor: John Torres, Shireen Seno
Music Composer: Itos Ledesma
Production Designer: Leeroy New
Production Company: Los Otros Films & Creative Programs
World Sales: Los Otros Films
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  • Shanghai IFF
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Selected Filmography:

  • Big Boy 2012
  • Shotgun Tuding (short) 2014
  • Nervous Translation 2018

Director's Biography:

Shireen Seno (1983, Japan) was born in Tokyo to a Filipino family. She studied architecture and film studies at the University of Toronto. Her photo and video work has been shown in various galleries. She has worked with filmmakers such as Lav Diaz and John Torres, for whom she took stills. Her debut film Big Boy (2012) screened at IFFR and won the prize for Best First Film at the Festival de Cine Lima Independiente in 2013. Nervous Translation is her second feature.


Eight-year-old Yael is shy and not always at ease. She prefers writing letters to performing dances for her applauding Filipino family. She listens endlessly to the cassette tapes recorded by her father, who is spending years away from home working in Riyadh. Her uncle, a rock star with the band The Futures, acts as something of a surrogate father. When she hears an advertisement for a pen that will give her a 'wonderful life', she decides to spend all her savings on this miracle pen.