Three in a row! Tatlong magkakasunod na taon na may official entry ang Ten17P Films ni Direk Paul Soriano sa Metro Manila Film Festival.
Ito ay ang Siargao noong 2017 at Mary, Marry Me last year. Horror movie naman na Sunod starring Carmina Villarroel ngayong Disyembre.
“Ang MMFF talaga, it’s really for the family, e,” nakangiting pahayag ni Direk Paul nitong Disyembre 9, Lunes nang hapon sa office ng Ten17P sa Makati City.
“It’s a good time, it’s a great time for Philippine cinema, and you know, being the only horror also in the festival, it’s also an honor.
“So at least we all know, we’ll definitely be the scariest movie of MMFF 2019.”
At taun-taon ay kumikita ang anumang horror film sa MMFF. May pressure ba sa kanila na sila lang ang horror film sa MMFF this year?
“Ah, hindi naman. But, of course, any film naman I do there’s always pressure, ‘no? Because you can’t control naman how the audience will react.
“But what we can control is that we made the best film that we can and hopefully on December 25, Sunod, ‘no, directed by Carlo Ledesma.
“We’re very, very excited for it.”
Ano ang expectations niya na magiging performance ng Sunod sa MMFF?
“Well, sa Siargao, we did number three. Sa Mary, Marry Me number four. So sana, ganun din, we can be at least maybe in the top four, to be very honest.
“Happy na ako dun!”
Napanood na ni Direk Paul ang kabuuan ng Sunod.
“It’s a… si Tin nga, si Toni [Gonzaga, his wife] is actually very, very scared sa premiere night namin kasi… it’s very scary! And it’s not just very scary but ganda rin ng kuwento, e.
“And yung surprising talaga dito, si Ms. Carmina talaga.
“Si Carmina naman talaga was ano yun, ‘coz we were looking for somebody that can really relate to the character, you know.
“It’s a mother-daughter film, di ba, so we all know, of course, she has her twins, di ba?
“And she can really relate to the role. So when we got her on board, nag-yes siya sa amin, she gave actually a hundred and ten percent. She was really dedicated to the role, to the character and very, very professional si Ms. Carmina.
“Actually I’m hoping to hopefully work with her again. Sana sunud-sunod din na I could work with her.”
Speaking of his wife Toni, kailan nila susundan ang nag-iisang anak nilang si Seve?
“We always say this and we’re very honest about this, when Seve turns four, gusto naming sundan na. Gusto namin, four-year age gap.
“So, si Seve is turning four in September. So, maybe late this year , di ba? Baka next Christmas, may isang gift.”
Bakit hindi siya ang nagdirek ng Sunod?
“Ah well, I did Mañanita, e, di ba? So yung entry ko this year was Mañanita pero medyo nag-art house ako, di ba? Gusto kong mag-art film, passion project, so…
“I usually just do one film a year. I direct, e, di ba? Si Carlo naman, Carlo Ledesma, he’s been a friend of ours, I know him from the days of advertising pa and tamang-tama that he had the story to go with Anton the writer and we were able to produce this film.
“Actually, I do want to try horror eventually pero…”
Hindi pa nakapagdirek ng pelikulang katatakutan si Paul.
“Well hopefully soon. I mean, I don’t know yet what my next film is pero for sure ano iyan, I’ll do something next year, for sure.”