HBO Asia series showcases Erik Matti’s Island of Dreams


HBO Asia announced a brand-new anthology drama series, Food Lore, that showcases an episode set in the Philippines. Erik Matti directs the episode titled Island of Dreams.  

The eight-episode, hour-long series explores human conditions through narratives inspired by Asian cuisine.

Along with the BuyBust director are six other filmmakers who will handle the episodes in their respective countries. 

According to the production notes, each episode possesses a distinct voice, tone and narrative. Food Lore offers a “flavor of love” to tease the senses. 

The Philippine episode stars Angeli Bayani, John Marvin C. Nieto and Irina Guillen Feleo. In Island of Dreams, a domestic helper’s homecoming takes an unexpected turn after realizing she has grown estranged from her family. 

Meanwhile, the eight other episodes filmed in Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia. These are directed by Phan Dang Di, Billy Christian, Don Aravind, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Eric Khoo, Takumi Saitoh and Ho Yuhang.

Additionally, the first two episodes featuring Philippines and Vietnam make their world-debut at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) on October 30 and 21. 

Food Lore will premiere November 3, Sunday, at 10 p.m. on HBO GO and HBO.  

Rossane Ramos
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