SINGAPORE—September 21, 2023— Global video streaming service Prime Video announced today that Filipino Amazon Original film In My Mother’s Skin, written and directed by Kenneth Dagatan (Ma), will launch on October 12, 2023 on Prime Video in the Philippines and in over 240 countries and territories.
In My Mother’s Skin, a Filipino horror fairytale, was the only non-English language film which had its world premiere in the 2023 Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight Section. The film deals with the agonizing conflict of a young girl’s duty to protect her dying mother and her misplaced trust in a beguiling, flesh-eating fairy. The film stars Beauty Gonzalez, Felicity Kyle Napuli, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, James Mavie Estrella, and Angeli Bayani. Subsequently, it traveled to over ten film festivals including BiFan (Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea), Fantasia (Canada), Neuchatel (Switzerland), Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) and Miffest (Malaysia) and will join hundreds of shows and films available exclusively on the Prime Video catalog on October 12, 2023.
Set in the Philippines at the end of World War II, In My Mother’s Skin follows the story of Tala, a 14-year-old daughter of a textile merchant who lives in a war-worn colonial house with her sickly mother Ligaya and younger brother Bayani. When Tala’s father mysteriously leaves once more to barter for his family’s freedom with the Japanese, his family finds themselves alone in their isolated forest mansion. With Ligaya’s condition rapidly deteriorating, Tala seeks out a mysterious fairy who has promised to protect her and gives Tala a magical insect to cure her dying mother. This initially provides Ligaya with relief, but later leads to disastrous consequences that force Tala to make a distressing decision.
Written and directed by Kenneth Dagatan, In My Mother’s Skin is produced by Bradley Liew, Bianca Balbuena, Huang Junxiang, and Stefano Centini.