Brillante "Dante" Mendoza's award winning indie film Tirador will 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 special participation of Jaclyn Jose and Julio Diaz. It was written by Ralston Joel Jover with Armando Lao as creative consultant and produced by Ferdinand Lapuz for Centerstage Productions.
Tirador (international title: Slingshot) won a
Special Jury Prize in Marrakech, Morocco last December 2007. In February, it won the Caligari Prize in
the Berlin International Film Festival. Tirador was also named Best Film
and bagged the Best Director and Netpac Awards in Singapore last April.
In this gritty movie shot in Quiapo, Manila, Direk Dante instructed his cast members to portray petty criminals that abound in the slum areas. Coco Martin even told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a previous interview how he was mistaken for an actual bag snatcher when they were shooting their scenes in Quiapo.
"Ako si Danny, isang snatcher na pinipilit magbagong buhay sa pamamagitan ng pagpe-pedicab. Hinuhulugan ko yung pedicab pero hindi naman pala binabayaran ng tatay ko kaya ang tendency ko, babalik ako sa pagiging magnanakaw. Pero may good 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 pero hindi alam ng crowd kung totoo o hindi. Nung nag-snatch nga ako, yung ibang tao dedma pero yung isa, dinampot kami dito [demonstrating with his collar]. Ang tendency mo, papalagan mo yun kasi ang nasa isip mo lang makatakas. After ng eksena, sinabihan naman namin na, ‘Pasensiya na boss, shooting lang ‘to. Yung camera 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 paano mag-snatch saka paano dedepensahan ang sarili mo," narrates Coco.
In Tirador (which is slang for "thief"), Jiro Manio plays a suddenly orphaned kid, Nathan Lopez is a "jammer" (petty thief operating in malls) beaten badly into submission by a very rough cop, and Kristoffer King, a street-smart jewelry snatcher.
Watch Tirador when it screens at Robinsons Galleria's IndieSine starting July 2, 2008.