Quebec premiere
Camera Lucida

Whether the Weather Is Fine

Directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad


Official selection

Locarno Film Festival 2021
Toronto International Film Festival 2021
London East Asian Film Festival 2021
Pingyao International Film Festival 2021


Youth Jury Award - Locarno Film Festival 2021

Contemporary World Cinema, Toronto International Film Festival 2021

Best Director Award, London East Asian Film Festival 2021


Carlo Francisco Manatad


Giancarlo Abrahan, Jérémie Dubois, Carlo Francisco Manatad


Daniel Padilla, Rans Rifol, Charo Santos


Teck Siang Lim

Sound Designer

Roman Dymny


Benjo Ferrer III



France, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia 2021 104 mins OV Multilingual Subtitles : English

“Frequently heartbreaking yet buoyed by human absurdity, whimsy and understated humour… spellbinding”
- Khyne Palumar, NME

Waking in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to find his coastal town (a stand-in for Tacloban City) completely decimated, Miguel (Daniel Padilla, THE HOWS OF US) begins searching for his mother Norma (Charo Santos-Concio, KISAPMATA, THE WOMAN WHO LEFT) and friend Andrea (Rans Rifol) in the rubble. Shelters are overflowing, people are bartering for food, praying, dancing and doing anything necessary to survive. Meanwhile, news of a single ship leaving the coast for Manila makes its way through the crowd, as another storm threatens to hit land imminently. The trio must decide what to do, but their home has other plans for them.

Prolific short filmmaker (JODILERKS DELA CRUZ: EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH) and renowned editor (Khavn’s de la Cruz’s RUINED HEART, BALANGIGA) Carlo Francisco Manatad makes the leap to feature films with the multi-award winning, Locarno- and TIFF-selected WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE. Taking the tragedy of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan as its conceptual starting point, Manatad spins a hypnotizing survival story predicated on the unmooring of the familiar following societal collapse. It complicates NGO-ready, government-stamped notions of “resilience” and instead offers a multi-pronged critique of inaction and systemic failure as well as a probe into human nature and its survival mechanisms—be it blind faith, violence, or sheer imagination. Environmental disaster is rendered here surreal, apocalyptic, in a uniquely fantastical film that unfolds as a series of magical-realist vignettes that allows us to grasp at meaning in the face of senseless, cyclical tragedy. – Ariel Esteban Cayer