Ato Bautista’s latest project entitled Blackout will be exclusively screened at SM cinemas nationwide starting Wednesday, June 13. Produced by Unico Entertainment/Unitel Pictures, this psychological thriller topbills Robin Padilla and Iza Calzado along with child star Ella Guevarra.
Director Ato, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Shugo Praico, shot the digital film at a shabby apartment complex in Cubao, Quezon City. This is his follow up project to his debut film Sa Aking Pagkakagising Mula sa Kamulatan released locally in 2005.
In Blackout, Robin Padilla plays Gil Blanco, a lowly apartment landlord who suffers frequent blackouts due to his heavy drinking. His inability to control his alcoholism drives his wife away, leaving Gil to take care of his adorable son, Niño (John Michael Reyes). In despair, Gil promises to quit drinking and reunite the family.
However, one night, Gil experiences another blackout. This time, he is left with a mysterious bloody rear bumper on his run-down Mercedes. His life spirals into hysteria as he struggles to uncover the truth where the lines between real and unreal are blurred.
One of his tenants, Belen (played by Iza Calzado) is a pensive young lady who is bothered by the disappearance of her daughter Isabel (Ella Guevarra). Will Belen learn the truth about the fate of her daughter? Will Gil be able to stay sober and regain control of his life?
Director: Ato Bautista
Screenplay: Shugo Praico
Cinematography: Lyle Nemenzo-Sacris
Cast: Robin Padilla, Iza Calzado, Ella Guevarra, John Michael Reyes
Blackout has been screened in the San Francisco Asian-American (March 15-25, 2007), the Newport Beach Film Festival (April 19-29, 2007) and the Indianapolis Film Festivals (April 25-May 4, 2007). It will be shown in the New York Asian-American International Film Festival (July 19-28, 2007), the Asian Film Festival of Dallas (Aug. 23-30, 2007) and the Goteberg Film Festival in Sweden next year. This month, it will participate in a Japanese film festival.
Watch the internationally acclaimed thriller at the following SM Cinema branches: North Edsa, Megamall, Fairview, Southmall, San Lazaro, Centerpoint, Mall of Asia, Bacoor, Sucat, Bicutan, Valenzuela, Molino, and Sta. Rosa starting June 13, 2007.
Trailer courtesy of Unitel