MANILA -- "On The Job (OTJ)," the upcoming Star Cinema action flick starring Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson, will hold its world premiere in May as part of a section at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival.
The Erik Matti-directed film is one of the selections of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs or the Directors' Fortnight, a section at Cannes held independently by the French Directors Guild.
In "OTJ," Pascual portrays a National Bureau of Investigation agent whose job puts him at odds with his wife (Shaina Magdayao). Anderson, meanwhile, takes on the role of a "hitman" on the run.
It also stars Joel Torre, Joey Marquez and Angel Aquino.
The lone Filipino movie in the section will be screened alongside 30 other films -- 21 feature films and 9 short films -- from around the world.
Now on its 45th year, the Directors' Fortnight "seeks to aid filmmakers and contribute to their discovery by the critics and audiences alike... [It] is distinguished by its independent-mindedness, its non-competitive nature and its concern to cater to non-professional Cannes audiences," according to the Cannes sidebar's official website.
Since its initial program in 1969, the Directors' Fortnight has showcased the first films of world-renowned directors like George Lucas, Chantal Akerman, Sofia Coppola, and Francis Ford Coppola.
The 45th Fortnight will start on May 16, with Israeli film director Ari Folman's "The Congress" as its opening film.
Aside from "OTJ," two other Filipino films will participate in this year's Cannes.
“Death March,” which stars Kapamilya actors Sam Milby and Zanjoe Marudo, will compete in the Un Certain Regard section of the annual film festival, along with another Filipino film, “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” by acclaimed filmmaker Lav Diaz.