Judy Ann Santos makes a comeback to the big screen via the Cinemalaya 2016 entry, Kusina, a screenplay that won the Palanca Award a decade ago.
This is the Teleserye Queen’s return to heavy drama on the big screen after almost five years. Her last movie project was also a Cinemalaya entry, Mga Mumunting Lihim (2012), which earned the Best Acting Ensemble award that year, among others.
Last Tuesday, August 2, Kusina had a sneak preview for members of the press at the Director’s Club cinema in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
Some of the film’s cast members, including Juday and Joem Bascon, as well as the two directors—Cenon Palomares and David Corpuz—graced the event.
Kusina--treated as a stage play shot in film--follows the life of Juanita (Judy Ann) and how she developed her love for cooking at a very young age and helped shaped her as a person.
Notable in the film is Juday’s heavy breakdown scene, a far cry from her romantic and light drama portrayals in previous movies.
How did she muster all the emotions to do it, considering she didn’t act for a long time?
“Lahat naman tayo may mga buried emotions from the past na tinago natin at ayaw nating harapin,” the actress revealed.
“Yun pala ang rason do’n, may isang pelikula na kailangan ko siyang gamitin.”
In this movie, Juday said that she worked with a number of theatre actors.
“It was hard the first time. Nagkatrabaho kami kasi andun yung nangangapa, andun yung nahihiya sila. Ako din nahihiya, pero hindi ko pinapahalata.”
But not long after, everyone became comfortable with each other, which helped in executing their scenes.
Despite her superb acting performance, Judy Ann clarified that she is not expecting to get an acting award.
She explained, “Ang gusto ko na lang marinig, e, kung naitawid ko nang tama yung ginawa ko kasi sobra na pag nag expect pa ako. Masaya na ako na nagawa ko siya.”
She also pointed out that being nominated along with her idol Nora Aunor (who stars in another Cinemalaya 2016 entry Tuos) is enough for her.