Paul Soriano wants to direct film about Filipinos who saved Jews during the Holocaust

Paul Soriano wants to direct a period war film depicting how former President Manuel Quezon saved Jews during the Holocaust.


Isa si Paul Soriano sa mga hurado sa Nuvali Cinema Short Film Competition along with fellow directors Jeffrey Jeturian and Jade Castro. Fifteen entries ang kasali sa film fest na ginanap kamakailan sa Nuvali ng Ayala Land Corporation sa Laguna.

Nagwagi sa Professional Category ang Pare Koi ni Marco Subido, runner-up naman ang Hello Goodbye ni Zoraya Lua. Winner naman sa Novice Category ang Bugtong ni Dorina Naraval at runner-up ang Jose Pedal ni Athena Mendoza.

Ang grand winner per category ay magkakaroon ng scholarship grant for advance course in motion picture production. Ang napiling runner-up naman ay bibigyan ng scholarship for basic course in motion picture production.

May People’s Choice winner din sila na ongoing sa Facebook at YouTube hanggang November 9. Ang mapipili rito ay may scholarship grant na isang taon for motion picture production.

Bago ginanap ang awarding sa mga nanalong entries ay nakausap namin si Direk Paul.

Ano ang discovery niya sa young breed of filmmakers today? Are they aggressive?

“I think so. I think the fact na ‘yan, number one, technology is available, and you can easily make a film and post it on You Tube, ‘di ba? Post it online, sa Facebook, and you can easily discovered ‘di ba? At this point for me, I encourage people who want to be in film, if you have no experience, the best for you to do is go and just make a movie. Make a film,” umpisa ni Direk Paul.

Mas marami nga raw ang filmmaker ngayon dahil sa bagong teknolohiya.

“Oh, yeah, definitely. There are more filmmakers now and there’s more competitions, ‘di ba? Dati Cinemalaya lang. Ngayon may CineFilipino, may Cinema One, may New Wave [category of Metro Manila Film Festival], Cinemanila so, that’s I think, number one, because of technology.”

Ano naman ang next film na ididirek niya?

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“Actually, I was supposed to do some films this year but because of the success of Transit, I’m focusing on that. Next year I have two films. The one I’m very vocal about is about is yung tungkol sa Open Doors. It’s a Philippine history film. This one I can tell you about. It’s a film during the time of President [Manuel] Quezon, before World War II. Yeah, it’s a period war film. President Quezon before WWII, he saved 1,300 Jews from the Holocaust by opening the doors of the Philippines.

“For me, it’s a very underrated historical, it’s very rare. Many Filipinos didn’t know about it. This has been in my heart for couple of years actually and now with my connections with Israel, with my connections with Hollywood, we’re developing this epic open-doors story about the Filipinos saving the Jews from the Holocaust. And I think it’s a fantastic story of redemption and inspiring.

“The other film I’m working on, I can’t say too much about it but it has to deal with mga kidnapping syndicates. About yung kidnappings here in the Philippines, small time though. Yung mga kini-kidnap randomly.

“I think for me the heart of the story is, I want to expose to you the good police officers that we have. Kasi we have good police officers. We do. See, that’s why I want to inform the people. I mean, it is overshadowed by the corruption, ‘di ba?
“But we do have good people and I want to show that because they are actually good people to rescue these victims na wala silang bayad, they’re not asking for money. That’s their job. To rescue the kidnap victims. So, that’s kind the heart of the story. A little bit different from Open Doors and Thelma. Parang action, ganyan. It’s something also that I want to do.”
May mga napili na siya na mga artista for his future projects?
“Sa Open Doors wala pa ako’ng artista. Sa kidnap wala pa. Pero I’m talking to, hopefully, I can do some co-prod [co-produce] with Star Cinema.
“Yes, I’ll go mainstream for the kidnap thing, I think. With Open Doors, I’m talking to people in Hollywood.”


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