Iza Calzado hopes MTRCB will lift X rating of Bliss; says film "not intended to arouse" viewers

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Iza Calzado and director Jerrold Tarog will meet with MTRCB officials next week because of the X rating given to Bliss. Iza admits their psycho-thriller movie has "graphic scenes that are meant to shock you" after MTRCB banned Bliss from exhibition due to "explicit nudity scenes."



Hindi nawawalan ng pag-asa si Iza Calzado na magbabago ang desisyon ng Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) sa  pagbibigay nito ng X rating sa upcoming movie niya na Bliss.

Ang Bliss ay psycho-thriller movie na pinagbibidahan ni Iza at idinerek ni Jerrold Tarog, na siya ring nag-direk ng Heneral Luna noong 2016.

Nabigyan ng X rating ang pelikula dahil sa “explicit nudity scenes,” ayon mismo sa column na isinulat ni Noel Ferrer, manager ni Iza.

“Porn star ba ko? Alam ko sabi Best Performer hindi naman in that sense,” pabirong sagot ng 34-year-old actress nang tanungin tungkol sa X rating ng MTRCB.

Ang pagganap ni Iza sa Bliss ang nagbigay sa kanya ng Best Actress trophy sa 2017 Okinawa Asia Film Festival na ginanap sa Japan kamakailan.

“I understand where they’re [MTRCB] coming from because there is nudity, there is violence, there is blood there is cursing… all of that,” pahayag ni Iza nang makapanayam ng press sa blog conference ng ABS-CBN primetime teleserye A Love To Last, Miyerkules, March 29.

“However, I’ve also a few questions: how come a foreign film is allowed to be shown here with perhaps not the same components, but let’s say 50 Shades of Grey. I saw that here,” usisa ni Iza.

“Why was it shown? It tackles only love and S&M [sado-masochism].

“Our film, I’d like to think, tackles a little more than that. It tackles abuse in society, not just being artista.

“It’s supposed to wake  you up to what people go through at the cycle of abuse that people go through in their lives, so these images that we will show you, they are not intended to arouse you.

“They are intended to disturb you and then question things. Make you think.

“I also wonder, does it not even merit kahit R-18 man lang?

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“Kasi parang inisip ko kung X agad, are you saying your Filipino 18-year-olds will go to the cinema and will not be able to comprehend that, ‘This is not something I should do?’

“Have we not educated them enough to think this way as an 18-year-old, who is a responsible adult?

“That’s just my take on it.”

OPEN TO DIALOGUE. Gayunpaman, nilinaw ni Iza na bukas sila sa pakikipag-usap sa pamunuan ng MTRCB at iapela ang kanilang pelikula.

Umaasa rin silang babaguhin nila ang X rating na binigay sa Bliss.

“I’m really, clearly open to dialogue and discussion and I think we are going to go back on Tuesday and I’m probably going to be there with Jerrold this time.

“And I totally understand where they’re coming from, but however, I’d like to understand it even more and perhaps we can meet in the middle.

“Let’s not say na, ‘X agad, this film cannot be shown.’

“We would like our film to be shown.  It deserves to be shown.

“I think it’s not a feel good film. But you leave the theatre, thinking about things.”  

HOPING TO UNDERSTAND.  Sa pakikipag-usap sa pamunuan ng MTRCB sa susunod na linggo, umaasa si Iza na lalo niyang mauunawaan ang panig nila sa pagbibigay ng X rating sa kanyang pelikula.

“I also want to know. Ang tanong ko nga, ‘Bakit nga ba?’

“I’ve seen a lot of films na foreign na I think medyo R-16 pa nga lang may pumping [scenes]. Kami nga hindi pa ganun ka-graphic.

“Pero may iba [na scenes] naiintindihan ko rin, tanggap ko rin, we do have some graphic scenes that are meant to shock you.”  

Dugtong pa ni Iza, “I’m not saying this movie will change your life. Hindi din ito na parang Heneral Luna na after nito, makibaka, Pilipino ako.

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“Malayo ito don. Let’s not pretend. I don’t want to say that about our film.”

Pero kumbinsido si Iza na ang pelikula nila ay kapupulutan ng maraming aral, kagaya ng mga sitwasyong pinagdadaanan ng karaniwang tao.



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