At long last, the five-years-in-the-making film of director Quark Henares is finally coming out.
Dubbed the Rakenrol, this much-anticipated movie was co-written by Diego Castillo, the guitarist of Sandwich who’s also a music video director.
It is their ode to the Philippine rock music scene, which they both consider as their home.
SYNOPSIS. In the film, Irene (Glaiza de Castro) and Odie (Jason Abalos) became the best of friends because of their common love for rock n’ roll.
Odie eventually falls for Irene, whose dream is to form a band.
The two recruit an ex-punk-turned-barista named Mo (Ketchup Eusebio) and the school bully Junfour (Alwyn Uytingco). They call their band Hapipaks.
In the process, Irene catches the attention of her "all-time supercrush," the famous rockstar Jacci Rocha (Diether Ocampo).
Will Odie’s love for music and Irene prevail?
Or will they be destroyed by what brought them together?
Adding color and humor to the story are Ramon Bautista, Flame Tigerblüden, Ricardo Cepeda, Jun Sabayton, Hiyasmin Neri, and Matet de Leon as...Matet de Leon.
A "PERSONAL FILM" FOR DIREK QUARK. Rakenrol is the fifth film of Henares, whose filmography includes the internationally-acclaimed cult film Keka and the big-budget Metro Manila Film Fest movie Super Noypi.
This, however, is his most personal film, and he’s glad to collaborate with one of his closest friends in the project.
"Diego and I have probably done everything, music-wise, together," the young fimmaker says. "We’ve hosted radio shows, co-directed videos, we’ve written articles about music. We were even in a band together once!"
For his part, Diego reveals that the film is very autobiographical. "We’re both from and into the local music industry and I guess a lot of our mutual friends started off in the scene and we both thought it would be a good idea to chronicle the things that we’ve seen over the years."
Rakenrol will come out in theaters on September 7, but it has already begun penetrating the international arena.
The film has been screened by Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, Asia Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
It has also received invitations from international film festivals in Hawaii, Göteborg, San Diego and New York.
In Los Angeles, it bagged the Audience Choice award, and it was reviewed by Derek Elley of the Asian film site Film Business Asia as "a lightly comic charmer that’s sustained by its likeable leads and easy-going, big-hearted style."
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It will have a special screening at the Cultural Center of the Philippines during the 7th Cinemalaya on July 23 at 9:00 p.m.
Afterwards, there will also be a concert at the Harbour Square next to the CCP featuring Itchyworms, Ciudad, Taken by Cars, Pedicab, Techy Romantics, Halik ni Gringo, and Arigato Hato.