CAN & SLIPPERS | LATA AT TSINELAS 

Piling plays soccer with a tin can through the slums of Manila. A new Maradona?

Strikingly captivating and accessible short film by someone who tends to make more experimental and raw films, even though the situation in the film is raw enough as it is. We follow Piling, a young soccer fanatic, through a slum district of Manila. No ball or cleats, but a Coke can and flip-flops are the ingredients for a virtuoso demonstration of the football art. Only at the end does it become apparent why the little ball juggler will never be a Ronaldinho. 

DIRECTION, SCREENPLAY, MUSIC: Khavn De La Cruz
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Albert Banzon
EDITING: Sunshine Matutina

Artistic and Cultural Programme, FIFA World Cup, Germany
Opening Film, 28th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
55th Berlin International Film Festival
Tiger Competition, 34th Rotterdam International Film Festival
Austin Asian Film Festival
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
3rd Akbank Shortfilm Festival, Istanbul
Kun.Kortfilm International Short Film Festival, Denmark
Off-Courts Film Festival
7a Lucania Film Festival
Ecovision Festival, Palermo
10th International Tehran Short Film Festival
14th Damascus International Film Festival
29th Sao Paulo International Film Festival
International Competition, 13th Vila Do Conde International Short Film Festival
Spazio Immagini Competition, 7th Morbegno International Film Festival
4th La Palma International Digital Film Festival
2nd Berlin Asia-Pacific Film Festival
41st Pesaro International Film Festival
18th Singapore International Film Festival

Part of the shortfilm collection “Be Movies: This Is Not A Short Film By Khavn De La Cruz, Volume One

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Kommander Kulas: The One and Only Concert of the Amazing Kommander Kulas and His Poor Carabao in the Long and Unwinding Road of Kamias 


Mythological love story by Filipino multi-talent Khavn De La Cruz. Kommander Kulas has a restless night, in which he dreams that he is a giant cockroach. Upon waking, Kulas finds a number of stitches in his chest: his heart seems to have been stolen. With his destitute friend Carabao, Kulas sets off on an adventure that leads the two wandering souls all over the country in search of Kulas’ heart. On the way, they meet various mythological characters. (Gertjan Zuilhof, International Film Festival Rotterdam)