"Concerto" graded A by CEB

Meryll Soriano (left) and Ynna Asistio (right) portray musically inclined sisters in the period film Concerto. It will be screened in Glorietta 4, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM South Mall and IndieSine, Robinsons Galleria starting November 19.

Last November 11, the Cinema Evaluation Board graded the indie feature Concerto an "A," granting it a 100% tax rebate based on its artistic and technical merits.

The first full-length film of filmmaker Paul Alexander Morales, Concerto has previously been heralded as an "ambitious historical film" and its theme is an execution that departs from the usual indie film fare. Concerto is one of the first Filipino films to focus on the war experience in Minadanao.

The film, set in Davao City in 1944, stars Jay Aquitania, Meryll Soriano, Shamaine Buencamino, Nonoy Froilan and Ynna Asistio. It also features a Japanese ensemble cast that include Hiro Sakoda, Masaya Okazawa, and Kazumi Yoshida.

It also features "NiƱa's Theme" composed by the director's grandmother Norma Campo Ezpeleta as well as other works by Abelardo, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann-Liszt. It also has piano performances by Meryll Soriano, Ynna Asistio, Abby Clutario, NAMCYA winner Stephanie Cruz, 2007 Aliw Awardee Mary Anne Espina, and musical director Jed Balsamo.

The limited release of Concerto begins on November 19 and will take place in five cinemas: Glorietta 4, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM South Mall and IndieSine, Robinsons Galleria.

Concerto's release heralds the wider showing of the acclaimed Cinemalaya 2008 films, with limited runs of Boses, 100 and Jay scheduled in the last quarter of 2008.

Concerto is also scheduled to be shown in Davao City in December 2008, where it has been invited to be the opening film of the annual Mindanao Film Festival on December 14 at the Gaisano Mall Cinemas. A limited run in SM Davao is also expected to take place soon.

Based on a true story, Concerto is about the experiences of Direk Paul's ancestors during World War II. When the Japanese invade their area, the family is forced to live in the forest and leave behind their beloved piano. Through the power of music, the family befriend a group of Japanese soldiers stationed nearby--allowing them to survive the ordeals of war.






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