Three years ago, Adolf Alix Jr. was already conceptualizing a film that would be shot in the Spratly Islands (also known as the Kalayaan group of islands). This group of islands located off the southern coast of Palawan is being claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.
The award-winning director is now in the process of securing permits to shoot on the island of Pag-asa, one of the islets in the Philippine-occupied area of the Kalayaan group of islands.
Adolf tells PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) the plot of his upcoming movie Kalayaan. "Tungkol siya sa buhay ng mga military... on their lonely life kasi three months silang nagii-stay dun. Kuwento siya ng isang soldier na supposed to be paalis na ng island pero nag-stay dun dahil na-extend yung duty niya. So, kuwento siya ng loneliness."
Why did he choose Lao-Australian actor Ananda Everingham to be the lead character in his film? "Nameet ko si Ananda sa Bangkok Film Fest. Naghahanap siya ng puwedeng gawin outside [his country]. So noong nag-usap kami, sabi ko bagay sa kanya yung role kasi mukha naman siyang Filipino. So mag-aaral siyang mag-Tagalog."
Working primarily in Thai films, Ananda is best known for his lead role in the 2004 horror film, Shutter (Thai version).
Star Magic talent Joem Bascon and theater actor Arnold Reyes will also be part of Kalayaan, Adolf's eighth directorial project.
In other news, Adolf will be attending the 10th Festival de Cinema Asiatic de Barcelona where Tambolista (international title: Drumbeat) is competing later this month. The 2007 Cinema One entry starring Jiro Manio, Sid Lucero, and Coco Martin tells the story of a young boy who dreams of getting his own drum set.
Aside from Tambolista, other Filipino films that will participate in the Barcelona Asian Film Festival include Foster Child, Tribu, and Pisay.