A Filipino film about crime and poverty has been chosen to participate at the 4th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival (JIMFF) in Seoul, South Korea. Adolf Alix Jr.'s Tambolista will then be screened for Pinoy moviegoers at Indiesine, Robinsons Galleria starting August 27.
This black-and-white film has already had several successful screenings abroad including the Rotterdam Film Festival (The Netherlands), Barcelona Asiatica International Film Festival (Spain), Munich International Film Festival (Germany), and Cinema Asiatica Nuovo (Madrid, Spain).
The film, which competed in the 2007 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival, bagged the Best Actor award (for Sid Lucero). It also earned nominations in the 24th Star Awards for Movies in the categories Supporting Actor of the Year (Sid Lucero), Digital Movie Director of the Year (for director Adolf Alix Jr.), and Digital Original Screenplay of the Year (for Ave Regina Tayag).
Direk Adolf has made a name for himself through writing stories and screenplays, making this as a stepping-stone for gaining bigger responsibilities in the movie industry. He has worked closely with famous stars for movies such as Donsol (Angel Aquino and Sid Lucero), Siquijor (Iza Calzado and Ian Veneracion), and Batanes (Iza Calzado and Ken Zhu of F4 fame).
He also wrote the script for Beautiful Life (Dina Bonnevie and Gloria Romero), Matthew Mark Luke and John (Richard Quan, Paolo Serrano, Justin de Leon and Neil Ryan Sese) by director Gil Portes, and the 2005 Star Cinema comedy-horror blockbuster D'Anothers (Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga) of director Joyce Bernal. Direk Adolf is now considered one of the most prolific filmmakers in Philippine independent cinema after having directed nine (9) feature movies in the last two years.
SYNOPSIS. Tambolista stars Jiro Manio, Coco Martin, Sid Lucero, Fons Deza, Ricky Davao, Susan Africa and Ms. Anita Linda. What screenwriter Ave Regina Tayag has woven is an intimate portrait of two brothers struggling with life's tests, trials and tribulations and seeking their particular redemption.
Jason's (Jiro) great dream is to own his drums and indulge in his passion. Then he discovers his brother Billy's girlfriend is pregnant; needs to raise money for an abortion. Their close friend Paolo suddenly becomes homeless. When Jason tries to help these few people he's very close with, he gets entangled instead in a web of betrayal and violence. Now only Jason, in his young 14-year old existence, will decide whether or not to absolve himself from their dilemmas or not.
Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.
Cast: Jiro Manio, Coco Martin, Sid Lucero, Fons Deza, Ricky Davao, Susan Africa and and Ms. Anita Linda
Screenwriter: Ave Regina S. Tayag
Executive Producer: Ronald Arguelles
Supervising Producer: Alvin Yapan
Line Producer: Arleen Cuevas
Associate Line Producer: Maxie Evangelista
Editor: Aleks Castañeda
Director of Photography: Albert Banzon
Music: Khavn dela Cruz
Production Designer: Jeck Cogama
Sound Engineer: Ditoy Aguila