Edna, the first indie film directed by award-winning actor Ronnie Lazaro, has been Graded “A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).
Starring Irma Adlawan, Edna tackles the real and imagined fears of overseas Filipino workers. Her title character is a teacher who goes abroad to provide a better future for her family. Edna leaves the Philippines, wishing for a better life for everyone but she returns to find a new family in place. Direk Ronnie is cast as the husband of Irma’s character.
Staged in three parts--Oro (Edna’s arrival), Plata (Edna’s discovery) and Mata (Edna’s resolve)--the film attempts to bring the audience from a thrilling arrival to an astonishing departure.
The film’s executive producer, Anthony Gedang of Artiste Entertainment, says that he is humbled and honored to receive a Grade “A” for Edna, his second film.
His first film--Ataul For Rent (2007) starring Joel Torre, Jaclyn Jose, and Ronnie Lazaro--was also graded “A.”
A film graded “A” gets 100 percent tax rebate while a film graded “B” gets 60 percent.
“I’m overwhelmed by this achievement,” said Gedang. “I have just produced two films: Ataul For Rent in 2007 and eight years later with Edna, and I’m happy to share to everyone that both received Grade ‘A’ from CEB. Board members said they found the film brave and compelling.”
Topbilled by Cinemalaya 2013 Best Actress Irma and Direk Ronnie himself, Edna stars Nicco Manalo, Sue Prado, Frances Makil, Mara Marasigan, Micko Laurente, and Kiko Matos.
Other cast members include Allan Paule, Archi Adamos, Joe Gruta, Madlen Nicolas, Crispin Pineda, Ermie Concepcion, and Ding Navasero.
Edna will have its special Philippine premiere as part of Cinemalaya 2014 (Year 10). This one-time screening will take place this Thursday, August 7, at 6 p.m. at the CCP Little Theater, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City.
Screenplay is by award-winning playwright Layeta Bucoy (wrote the stage adaptation of Bona, Walang Kukurap, Kleptomaniacs). Meanwhile, Director of Photography is Gawad Urian 2014 Best Cinematographer Larry Manda who won for Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan. His other award-winning works are 100, Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank, I Doo Bidoo Bidoo.
Musical Score is by Francis De Veyra (Tribu, Angustia, The Arrival) / Production Design by Mikey Red (son of Jon Red who worked on Wagas) / Editing by Clang Sison / Sound by the multi-awarded Albert Michael Idioma.