The 2007 Cinemalaya entry Tukso will be screened atthe IndieSine of Robinsons Movieworld Galleria from October 3 to 9, 2007. Thisfilm bagged the Best Screenplay Award for Dennis Marasigan and co-writers NikkiTorres and Mara Paulina Marasigan in the 2007 Cinemalaya Philippine IndependentFilm Festival.
Inspired by Agatha Christie's short story, "Death byFrowning," Tukso (Temptation) is a mystery film with a twist.Two men become romantically involved with a young village lass who mysteriouslyturns up dead. When Monica (Diana Malahay) is found dead, an investigator namedAdel (Shamaine Buencamino) is assigned to look into the case and gets to learnmore about the girl and the people whose lives were affected by herdeath.
Sid Lucero portrays the role of Carlo, an architect freshout of school, who is tapped to oversee a subdivision project owned by his girlfriend'sfather, but ends up having relationship with Monica. Ping Medina is Emer,Monica's childhood friend and former classmate who secretly pines for her.
Other people greatly affected by Monica's death are herfather (Soliman Cruz), a subdivision developer (Ricky Davao), and a widow (IrmaAdlawan). Different points of view make the film a gripping whodunit. It showshow Monica's death affects the relationships of the different characters.
Dennis Marasigan has worked extensivelyin film, television, and theater over the last 30 years. His first full-length digital feature film, SaNorth Diversion Road, produced by Cinema One Originals, wascited as one of the best films of 2005 and received nominations from the GawadUrian and Golden Screen Awards, winning Best Screenplay Adaptation from thelatter. He was recently appointed artistic director of TanghalangPilipino and is one of the organizers of the Philippine Independent FilmmakersMulti-Purpose Cooperative.