MarkyCielo should have starred in his first indie film in 2009. PEP (PhilippineEntertainment Portal) learned that he was supposed to act opposite Jewel Mischein the film Bente. Director MelChionglo personally handpicked Marky from among those who auditioned to play amajor role in the film. This political thriller is written by scriptwriter-turned-novelistRicky Lee.
Aside from starring in Bente, Marky wasalso supposed to take part in a theater production of Tanghalang Pilipinotitled Kutsilyo, Pamaypay at Yantok. TheSole Survivor of StarStruck Season 3was already rehearsing for the role of Ibarra in the first episode of thetrilogy titled "Ang Balutan ng Gamot at Pagkain." (Click HERE to read moreabout this play.)
Bente is one of the six entries of afilm series called Sine Direk. Thisproject is organized by the Directors Guild of the Philippines and funded by APTEntertainment. Six directors of DGPI, namely Mel Chionglo, Joel Lamangan, LoreReyes, Soxie Topacio, Maryo J. delos Reyes and Peque Gallaga will be given P2million to bring their chosen script to the big screen.
Direk Joel has already done Fuschia, whichis slated to be shown by January 2009. Direk Mel will helm Bente, Direk Lore heads Litsunero,while Direk Soxie will meg Dead na si Lolo.In addition, Direk Maryo will direct Kamoteng Kahoy while Direk Peque is slatedto do Agaton and Mindy.
PEP talked with Mr. Lee during the premiere night of Fuschia, which stars Gloria Romero, Iza Calzado, Eddie Garcia, RobertArevalo, and Celia Rodriguez among others.
To describe the plot of Bente, Mr. Lee says, "Political thrilleryun, parang action thriller."
Why is it titled Bente (Twenty)? "Kasi kung minsan sa lipunan,ang buhay ng tao nagiging bente e, bente pesos na lang yung halaga yung buhayng tao. Thriller siya so mabilis ang pacing."
He later explains the main characters of the story: "May isang broadcaster, mayisang estudyante, and may isang supposedly siya dapat yung nasa scene napapatay dun sa isa. May personal drama rin kasi yung asawa ng isa, nalaman niyana kinakaliwa siya. Hindi ito purely political film saka may action scenes siya."
Around 50 scripts were submitted by DGPI members for inclusion in Sine Direk. The six shortlisted films willhave full theatrical and campus runs by 2009.
Marky should have been paired with Jewel in "Bente"
by Jocelyn Dimaculangan posted on December 24, 2008