Zanjoe Marudo gets an offer to do an indie film in Korea

Zanjoe Marudo realized the importance of doing an indie film in 2012 after doing the Cinemalaya entry Kalayaan. He said, “Minsan mayroon kang hinihingi as an actor na hindi mo magawa sa mainstream movie so, doon ka tatakbo. Kailangan mo rin ‘yong paminsan-minsan.”



Zanjoe Marudo never thought doing a Cinemalaya movie would get him an offer to do an independent film abroad.

His first Cinemalaya movie Kalayaan was screened recently in Korea and his acting caught the attention of a local director.

The Korean director, according to Zanjoe, is now offering him an independent film that will be shot in Korea.

Zanjoe said in an interview recently, “Parang ‘yong ginawa ko naman ‘yong Kalayaan para sa Cinemalaya, e.

“‘Tapos nag-screening siya sa Korea.

“May direktor doon sa Korea, pinanood niya ‘yong Kalayaan then, hinanap niya si Direk Adolf [Alix].

“Gusto niya akong i-cast sa movie niya na ako ang bida sa isang indie film niya. Kasi nga ang character ay half-Filipino, half-Korean.”

Zanjoe considered it an honor to be recognized by a foreign director.

“Ang sarap ng pakiramdam na ‘yong pelikula naipapalabas din sa ibang bansa ‘tapos nare-recognize, di ba?

“‘Tapos kasali ka pa, ang sarap ng feeling no’n. Tulad niyan may magandang nangyari sana matuloy.”



MORE INDIE FILMS IN 2013. This year, Zanjoe has been focused on doing not only mainstream movies but also independently-produced projects.

This actually sparked Zanjoe's interest to do more indie films.

So, for 2013, the 30-year-old actor promised, “Gagawa na rin ako ng mga pang-festival, mga indie films. Isasama ko na sa list ko.”

He further explained, “Kasi ang nangyari this year, hindi naman ako gumawa ng TV [project] so naging busy ako sa mga pelikula.

“Nakagawa ako ng mainstream and nakaapat yata ako ng indie film.

“Nitong taon na ‘to, marami akong natutunan, e.”

Doing an indie film also gives advantages to mainstream actors, said Zanjoe.

He pointed out, “Minsan mayroon kang hinihingi as an actor na hindi mo magawa sa mainstream movie so, doon ka tatakbo.

“Kailangan mo rin ‘yong paminsan-minsan.”

In the end, Zanjoe reiterated, “Hindi pwedeng matatapos ang taon ng hindi ako gagawa ng isang indie para panlaban sa mga festival.”

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