After receiving accolades at the 2013 Cinemalaya and in international film festivals, the documentary Jazz in Love by filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama will be shown at the University of the Philippines Cine Adarna in Diliman, QC, on February 13 (Thursday) and February 14 (Friday). Screening times on both dates are 4 pm, 5:30 pm and 7 pm.
Jazz in Love follows the story of 22-year old Davaoeño Ernesto “Jazz” Tigaldao who must pass a Deutsch-language test so he could marry 56-year old German Theodor Rutkowski. The docu tells of how the two gays met on Facebook, their courtship of 11 months, Jazz’s dreams of donning a gown at their wedding and living in Germany, and Theodor’s trip to Davao to ask the blessings of the Tigaldo family who has not accepted Jazz’s homosexuality.
The film was the first documentary to open the prestigious Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival where it premiered last year. It competed at the 18th Busan International Film Festival in Korea last October, and won the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award at the 1st Sala Mindanaw International Film Festival last November.
Jazz in Love has received acclaim for its heartfelt representation of same-sex love as no different from heterosexual love. Writer Ibarra Mateo described it as “valiant.” Skilty Labastilla of the Young Critics Circle praised it saying the film is “tightly edited” and “lyrically shot.” Tito Valiente of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino said, “The documentary works because it proceeds from sincerity, rather than mere curiosity.” While film critic Oggs Cruz of twitchfilm.com hailed it saying, “Jazz in Love has all the trappings of a perfect love story.”
The director Babyruth Villarama is a foreign correspondent involved in documentary and HD production the Philippines and ASEAN region. She champions social issues through her venture Voyage Film Studios. Some of her works include the internationally acclaimed features Busong, Halaw and Sampaguita, the National Geographic docu Asia’s Titanic, and the documentary Harana.
Jazz in Love is Villarama’s first independent documentary film. For inquiries about the UP Cine Adarna screenings, contact 09176276201, or call the UP Film Institute’s direct line Tel. No. 926-2722. Ticket price is Php 100 Screening at the 800-seater Cine Adarna is on a first come, first served basis.