Isa si Irma Adlawan sapinaka-mahuhusay at critically-acclaimed stage, film, and television actress nglocal entertainment industry, kung kaya naman sa tagal na niya sa industriya,nakuha na niya ang respeto ng kanyang peers—sa mainstream man or independentscene.
Ngayong taon, sa Cinemalaya 2009,bidang-bida si Irma sa Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe (internationaltitle: The Rapture of Fe), written and directed by AlvinYapan.
From Rolyo Productions, kasama niIrma dito ang isa pang award-winning actor na si Nonie Buencamino, gayundinsi TJ Trinidad na tuwang-tuwa ang staff dahil tinaggap nito ang offer.
Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe ay kuwento ng isang dating Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) na napilitangumuwi sa Pilipinas dahil sa epekto ng global financial crisis.
Sa kanyang pag-uwi sa bansa, violent abuse ang sinalubong sa kanya ngkanyang asawang si Dante, played by Nonie. Mas naging kumplikado ang buhay ni Fe dahil sapakikipag-relasyon nito sa kanyang younger lover played by TJ.
Kasama rin sa cast ang commercial model cum theateractor Joel Molina, Meeyo Candelaria, at si Mercedes Cabral (of Serbisand Kinatay, Philippine entries sa Cannes International Film Festivalnoong 2008 at ngayong taon na ito).
Ayon sa website ngpelikula, "One canonly surmise that Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe will deal withmultiple issues confronting Filipino society today: the plight of OverseasFilipino Workers, domestic abuse, family role-reversals, extreme poverty, howthese issues are currently being made aware to the general public, and how thismovie is an attempt to portray these long overlooked societal problems in adifferent light."
Sa email interview naman ng PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa writer-director at isa sa producers ngfilm na si Alvin Yapan, sinabi niyang para kay Irma talaga ang proyekto na ito.
"Iactually wrote the script for Irma Adlawan, and she was delighted upon knowingthis," kuwento ni Direk Alvin. "Sabi niya, the only otherperson daw na nagsulat na ng script or magsusulat ng script para sa kanya ayang husband niya [writer-director Dennis Marasigan]. Hahaha!
"Co-producing the film is theWomen's Crisis Center (WCC). Our film focuses on the plight of the Filipinowoman displaced by the global financial crisis. This is why it wasimportant for us to get the support of WCC.
"Thestory is set in Pampanga, in the small and medium industry of rattan furnituremanufacturers."
Alvin Yapangraduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in LegalManagement and a masteral degree in Philippine Literature. He is a poet, aprofessor in Ateneo, and an award-winning fictionist.
May interesting "insidestories" si Direk Alvin sa kanilang shooting experience. Isa na ritoang pagkaka-aksidente ng bidang si Irma Adlawan!
"Ang original plan ng shoot ay six straight days saPampanga. But we had to cut it short kasi on our second day of shoot, nearingmidnight, Irma Adlawan accidentally slipped and hurt herself!
"Nadulas siya at bumagsak ang buong katawan niya sa semento. Natakottalaga ang lahat, lalo na ako. Tapos hindi siya makalakad nang matino, but shesaid na okay daw siya at ayaw pumunta sa ospital to have herself checked. Peroin the end, we were able to convince her to go to the hospital to [have an] X-ray.Buti na lang, wala namang nabali o na-fracture.
"So, we cancelled the shoot, kahit pa she kept insisting that we continue. Perotalagang hindi maaatim ng sarili ko na papagpatuluyin pa ang shoot with hercondition. So, we ended with two clusters of shooting days, almost three weeksapart.
HORRIYING SCENE. "Isa lang yan sa maraming horror stories nanangyari sa shoot namin. Mild na yan. Hahaha! May nangyari pang mashorrifying!" mahabang chika ni Direk Alvin.
At ano nga ang mas "horrifyingstory" na 'yon during the shooting? "Naku, muntik lang akomakapagbigti ng tao, hahaha! There's this scene kasi where we harnessedthree ladies to a tree, to look like they were hanged.
"Ayun, during my last take, oneof them fainted and started convulsing and choking in mid-air! Grabe, everyonepanicked! Buti na lang, naibaba din agad siya, at okay na.
"After the incident, andaminang lumabas na kuwento na nasapian daw kasi. May babae daw talagang binigtidoon sa punong ginamit namin.
"As in, to a point na kinailangan naming magpa-albularyo lahat sa majorproduction crew para lang makasiguro na hindi kami sinundan sa Manila ng kaluluwanoong babae o kung anuman yung naistorbo namin doon sa puno!
"It's like we're living my script. Kasi doon sa script ko, may albularyo scenedin. Nakakatakot talaga! Hahaha!" natatawang kuwento ni Direk Alvin.
ONTHE MALE CAST MEMBERS. How was itworking with TJ Trinidad and Nonie Buencamino?
"Actually, it was a breeze. They are professionals, which made menervous at the start, and really passionate about in further honing theircraft. I really felt that they really consider what they are trying to doas their passion, not just their work.
"Halimbawa, si TJ, hindi siya nag-hesitate when I requested thatwe conduct an acting workshop session, which did not just turn out as an'acting workshop,' dahil he can already calibrate his emotions dependingon what the scene asks.
"The workshop turned out to be a character study on howwe both want his character to go. I distinctly remember this sessionwhere we discussed how his character would walk, his character's posture, giventhe character's backstory. Very interesting.
"Nonie's style, on the other hand, was to field me a lot ofquestions. We kept discussing not just the how's of his character but thewhy's. How his character's scenes will blend with the entire film so he couldadjust if need be.
"So, all in all, very interesting discussions bothwith TJ and Nonie," pagwawakas ni Direk Alvin.
Ito ang production team ng Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe:
Director/ Writer -- Alvin Yapan
Executive Producers-- Alemberg Ang and Alvin Yapan
Line Producer -- Mariel Dionisio
Director of Photography-- Sol Garcia
Assistant Director-- Shandii Bacolod
Production Designers-- Gino Nacianceno and Marco Ortiga
Editor -- Ramil Plofino
Music -- Jema Pamintuan
Production Manager-- Tonee Acejo
Assistant Production Manager-- Regine Ballesca
Mapapanood ang Ang Panggagahasa KayFe, pati na ang iba pang full- lengthentries (pati short films) sa Cinemalaya 2009 from July 17-26 sa Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.