Hollywood Reporter praises "excellent performances" of Pepe Smith and Ruru Madrid in Above The Clouds

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The Hollywood Reporter says chemistry abounds between Ruru Madrid (left) and Pepe Smith (right).


Muli na naman pinahanga ng indie film director na si Pepe Diokno ang ilang foreign critics dahil sa bago niyang pelikula na Above The Clouds na isang joint production ng Pilipinas at ng bansang France.

Nakatanggap ng “thumbs-up” review mula sa The Hollywood Reporter ang Above The Clouds na pinagbibidahan nila Joey “Pepe” Smith at Ruru Madrid.

Ang pelikula na ito ay tungkol sa mag-lolo na ginagampanan ng rock icon na si Pepe Smith at GMA-7 actor na si Ruru. Namatay ang mga magulang ng karakter ni Ruru. Dahil sa lungkot, pipilitin ni Pepe ang kanyang apo na samahan siya na umakyat sa Mount Pulag upang mawala ang lumbay.

Sa lumabas na review sa naturang publication, tinawag na “ethereal as a familial drama could get” ng writer na si Clarence Tsui ang obra ni Diokno na isa sa kasama sa European Film Market ng Berlinale International Film Festival.

“Diokno never stoops to caricature or cliché as he highlights the differences between young and old, city and country, modernity and tradition. Instead, he unceasingly celebrates the ravishing beauty of the rural Philippines.

“Shot at Mount Pulag National Park on the island of Luzon, ‘Above the Clouds’ provides stunning settings for both Andy (16-year old Ruru Madrid) and the grandfather (Smith) to release and resolve their internal turmoil.

“Carlo Mendoza’s camerawork provides a stirring survey of the landscape, while deftly highlighting the characters’ relationship to all this nature, while Johann Mendoza’s music also helps heighten the drama within.”

Pinuri rin ni Tsui ang performances nina Pepe Smith at Ruru Madrid.

“Above all, however, are the excellent two lead performances, both perfectly tuned to Diokno's scheme of subtle things

"Surprisingly, chemistry abounds between the upstart Madrid and local showbiz legend Smith, whose four-decade career in Filipino rock has earned him a reputation as something like his country’s answer to Mick Jagger.

“To those who know and love his work, Smith’s haggard, grandfatherly turn in ‘Above the Clouds’ is sure to come as a compelling surprise.”

Ang Above The Clouds ang ikalawang full-length feature ni Diokno pagkatapos ng kanyang critically-acclaimed debut na Engkuwentro in 2009.

Nagwagi ng Luigi de Laurentiis and Venice Horizons awards at the Venice International Film Festival in 2009 at ng NETPAC award at the Jeonju Film Festival in 2010 ang Engkuwentro.

Nag-world premiere na ang Above The Clouds noong 2014 sa Tokyo International Film Festival at nag-compete pa ito sa Singapore International Film Festival.

Ang pag-cast nga ni Diokno sa 67-year old rock legend na si Pepe Smith ay isang bagay na gusto niyang mangyari para sa kanyang pelikula.

Noong 2011 pa raw niya inalok kay Smith ang role ng lolo sa Above The Clouds. At naghintay si Smith na matapos ang buong script para makapag-shoot na sila.

Ani Diokno: “It took me a year and a half to finish the script, and he waited. As his first lead role and his first drama, Pepe is a revelation in this film.”

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