Masaya ang Italian actor-director na si Ruben Maria Soriquez na nakasama ang pelikula niyang Of Sinners and Saints sa 8 entries na maglalaban-laban sa Filipino New Cinema section ng 2015 World Premieres Film Festival.
Ang nasabing pelikula ay tungkol sa isang Italian missionary na nadestino sa Pilipinas at nagkaanak nang hindi niya alam. Isa na siyang ganap na pari nang muling makabalik sa bansa at nakipamuhay sa isang hikahos na pamayanan sa Payatas.
Nalaman niya na ang ang babaeng naanakan niya na ginagampanan ni Channel Latorre ay asawa na ng isang gangster portrayed by Polo Ravales na kakailangan niyang iligtas. Tampok din dito sina Richard Quan, Raymond Bagatsing at Althea Vega.
“I’m half Filipino,” sabi ni Ruben nang matanong ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kung bakit sa Pilipinas naman niya piniling gumawa ng pelikula and work with Filipino actors this time.
“My father is a Filipino, my mother is an Italian. And I have a Filipina wife.
“So I decided to settle here in the Philippines and do this movie.
“I like the Philippines. Most of my family is in this country.
“I like the people. And I also like the setting.
“And I feel I can produce interesting stories that can be interesting to the European market. Because in Europe, they like also exotic locations.
“And another thing, here it the Philippines, it’s cheaper producing a movie than in Italy,” lahad niya.
IMPRESSED WITH PINOY ACTORS. Isa pa raw dahilan, bilib daw si Ruben sa galing ng mga Filipino actors. At challanging daw para sa kanya na makatrabaho ang mga ito.
“I did my research about actors here. And I came to like Raymond Bagatsing, he is really a very good actor.
“I’ve watched a lot of his films. So I have seen how good he is as an actor and as an action star.
“I really like his acting. So I strongly wanted him for the role of Padre Carlos,” pagtukoy niya sa isa sa mga paring kasama ng character niya sa isang parokya sa Payatas.
“I see a lot of potential in him as a dramatic actor. And the first time we met, we liked each other at once and there’s really this good feeling between us,” dagdag niya.
Ang isa pang cast member na si Richard Quan na gumaganap ding kasamahan niyang pari sa Payatas, gaya ni Raymond ay mahusay din daw.
Sabi pa ni Ruben, “He’s been into a lot of TV shows. Also when I met him, I like his personality.
“He’s a very good actor too. He’s very intense.”
How about Channel Latorre?
“I really want an actress who has that Filipina look with no retoke. And I find her perfect for the role.
“With her natural beauty, black and big eyes, and not colored hair. And I saw also some films that she did, I saw her potential also.
“She has no limitations when it comes to acting and portraying roles. Whatever is called for in a scene, she’s very much willing to do it,” pagpuri niya.
May matinding lovescene nga raw sa pelikula sina Channel at Polo. Pero sinisiguro niya na artistic ang pagkaka-execute nito.
“Polo is also the perfect choice to play the role of a villain in the movie. He is also very intense and he really did well in all of his scenes.
“This is my first movie here in the Philippines. But I used to produce and direct films in Italy.
“I started directing in 2007.
“I have directed Sexocracy. That became a controversial documentary about showbiz, sex, and politics in Italy.
“In this documentary film, I tell about sex and scandals that involved a former Italian Prime Minister. He used to have a sexy party in his residence.
“And I tell this story about the links of showbiz, politics, and sex. Because this former prime minister is also the owner of three TV stations.
“I also produced and directed a mafia movie shot in south Italy and in Germany. It’s an Italian and German co-production featuring Italian and German actors.
“I have worked with amazing Italian actors like Andrea Roncato. And also some famous German actors like Horstjanson, he is like a monument in German Cinema,” kuwento rin niya.
PLANS TO DO MORE MOVIES IN PH. Pagkatapos ng Of Sinners and Saints, gustong gumawa ni Ruben ng marami pang pelikula sa Pilipinas kunsaan tampok ang mga Filipino actors.
Sino pa kaya ang ibang stars na gusto niyang maidirek?
“I like Alessandra de Rossi, we’ve met already. And I’m considering her in my other movies.
“I also like Lovi Poe. I like her because she’s intense also.
“Angel Locsin also.
“I also like this indie actress… Sue Prado, she's also really good. She impressed me.
“And then also… Althea Vega. I’ve seen how good she is in the indie film Metro Manila.
“I love Joel Torre, he’s a great actor. I’ve seen his movie On The Job movie, he impressed me, he’s really good.
“And then, I like Cesar Montano. Also this indie actor who’s really good. Also Art Acuna.
“Of course, I also include the actors I chose for my movie Of Sinners and Saints… Raymond, Polo, and Richard.”
Ang World Premieres Film Festival ay inorganisa ng Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) sa pakikipagtulungan ng SM Cinemas. Gaganapin ito mula June 24 to July 7, 2015.