Brillante "Dante" Mendoza's award winning indie film Tiradorwill have its regular run at Robinsons Galleria's IndieSine starting July 2.
The film stars Coco Martin, Jiro Manio, Kristoffer King,Nathan Lopez, Harold Montano, Angela Ruiz, and Nico Taverna with the specialparticipation of Jaclyn Jose and Julio Diaz. It was written by Ralston Joel Jover with Armando Lao as creativeconsultant and produced by Ferdinand Lapuz for Centerstage Productions.
Tirador (international title: Slingshot) won aSpecial Jury Prize in Marrakech, Morocco last December 2007. In February, it won the Caligari Prize inthe Berlin International Film Festival. Tirador was also named Best Filmand bagged the Best Director and Netpac Awards in Singapore last April.
In this gritty movie shot in Quiapo, Manila, Direk Dante instructed his castmembers to portray petty criminals that abound in the slum areas. Coco Martineven told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a previous interview how hewas mistaken for an actual bag snatcher when they were shooting their scenes inQuiapo.
"Ako si Danny, isang snatcher na pinipilit magbagong buhay sa pamamagitan ngpagpe-pedicab. Hinuhulugan ko yung pedicab pero hindi naman pala binabayaran ngtatay ko kaya ang tendency ko, babalik ako sa pagiging magnanakaw. Pero maygood side naman ako kasi tuwing may Nazareno sa Quiapo, may panata ako.
"Nag-aral kami ng fight scenes saka may scene na magi-snatch ka sa crowd perohindi alam ng crowd kung totoo o hindi. Nung nag-snatch nga ako, yung ibang taodedma pero yung isa, dinampot kami dito [demonstrating with his collar]. Angtendency mo, papalagan mo yun kasi ang nasa isip mo lang makatakas. After ngeksena, sinabihan naman namin na, ‘Pasensiya na boss, shooting lang ‘to. Yungcamera nakatago.
"Yung mga tao kasi dun ‘pag may sumigaw na snatcher, hahabulin ka dun, e.Nag-aral din kami kung paano mag-snatch. Three days kaming nag-aral kung paanomag-snatch saka paano dedepensahan ang sarili mo," narrates Coco.
In Tirador (which is slang for "thief"), Jiro Manio plays a suddenlyorphaned kid, Nathan Lopez is a "jammer" (petty thief operating inmalls) beaten badly into submission by a very rough cop, and Kristoffer King, astreet-smart jewelry snatcher.
Watch Tirador when it screens at Robinsons Galleria's IndieSine startingJuly 2, 2008.