Isa si Irma Adlawan sa pinaka-mahuhusay at critically-acclaimed stage, film, and television actress ng local entertainment industry, kung kaya naman sa tagal na niya sa industriya, nakuha na niya ang respeto ng kanyang peers—sa mainstream man or independent scene.
Ngayong taon, sa Cinemalaya 2009, bidang-bida si Irma sa Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe (international title: The Rapture of Fe), written and directed by Alvin Yapan.
From Rolyo Productions, kasama ni Irma dito ang isa pang award-winning actor na si Nonie Buencamino, gayundin si 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 napilitang umuwi sa Pilipinas dahil sa epekto ng global financial crisis.
Sa kanyang pag-uwi sa bansa, violent abuse ang sinalubong sa kanya ng kanyang asawang si Dante, played by Nonie. Mas naging kumplikado ang buhay ni Fe dahil sa pakikipag-relasyon nito sa kanyang younger lover played by TJ.
Kasama rin sa cast ang commercial model cum theater actor Joel Molina, Meeyo Candelaria, at si Mercedes Cabral (of Serbis and Kinatay, Philippine entries sa Cannes International Film Festival noong 2008 at ngayong taon na ito).
Ayon sa website ng pelikula, "One can only surmise that Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe will deal with multiple issues confronting Filipino society today: the plight of Overseas Filipino Workers, domestic abuse, family role-reversals, extreme poverty, how these issues are currently being made aware to the general public, and how this movie is an attempt to portray these long overlooked societal problems in a different light."
Sa email interview naman ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa writer-director at isa sa producers ng film na si Alvin Yapan, sinabi niyang para kay Irma talaga ang proyekto na ito.
"I actually wrote the script for Irma Adlawan, and she was delighted upon knowing this," kuwento ni Direk Alvin. "Sabi niya, the only other person daw na nagsulat na ng script or magsusulat ng script para sa kanya ay ang husband niya [writer-director Dennis Marasigan]. Hahaha!
"Co-producing the film is the Women's Crisis Center (WCC). Our film focuses on the plight of the Filipino woman displaced by the global financial crisis. This is why it was important for us to get the support of WCC.
"The story is set in Pampanga, in the small and medium industry of rattan furniture manufacturers."
Alvin Yapan graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Legal Management and a masteral degree in Philippine Literature. He is a poet, a professor in Ateneo, and an award-winning fictionist.
May interesting "inside
stories" si Direk Alvin sa kanilang shooting experience. Isa na rito
ang pagkaka-aksidente ng bidang si Irma Adlawan!
"Ang original plan ng shoot ay six straight days sa Pampanga. But we had to cut it short kasi on our second day of shoot, nearing midnight, Irma Adlawan accidentally slipped and hurt herself!
"Nadulas siya at bumagsak ang buong katawan niya sa semento. Natakot talaga ang lahat, lalo na ako. Tapos hindi siya makalakad nang matino, but she said na okay daw siya at ayaw pumunta sa ospital to have herself checked. Pero in 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. Pero talagang hindi maaatim ng sarili ko na papagpatuluyin pa ang shoot with her condition. So, we ended with two clusters of shooting days, almost three weeks apart.
HORRIYING SCENE. "Isa lang yan sa maraming horror stories na nangyari sa shoot namin. Mild na yan. Hahaha! May nangyari pang mas horrifying!" mahabang chika ni Direk Alvin.
At ano nga ang mas "horrifying
story" na 'yon during the shooting? "Naku, muntik lang ako
makapagbigti ng tao, hahaha! There's this scene kasi where we harnessed
three ladies to a tree, to look like they were hanged.
"Ayun, during my last take, one
of them fainted and started convulsing and choking in mid-air! Grabe, everyone
panicked! Buti na lang, naibaba din agad siya, at okay na.
"After the incident, andami nang lumabas na kuwento na nasapian daw kasi. May babae daw talagang binigti doon sa punong ginamit namin.
"As in, to a point na kinailangan naming magpa-albularyo lahat sa major production crew para lang makasiguro na hindi kami sinundan sa Manila ng kaluluwa noong 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 scene din. Nakakatakot talaga! Hahaha!" natatawang kuwento ni Direk Alvin.
THE MALE CAST MEMBERS. How was it
working with TJ Trinidad and Nonie Buencamino?
"Actually, it was a breeze. They are professionals, which made me nervous at the start, and really passionate about in further honing their craft. I really felt that they really consider what they are trying to do as their passion, not just their work.
"Halimbawa, si TJ, hindi siya nag-hesitate when I requested that we conduct an acting workshop session, which did not just turn out as an 'acting workshop,' dahil he can already calibrate his emotions depending on what the scene asks.
"The workshop turned out to be a character study on how we both want his character to go. I distinctly remember this session where we discussed how his character would walk, his character's posture, given the character's backstory. Very interesting.
"Nonie's style, on the other hand, was to field me a lot of questions. We kept discussing not just the how's of his character but the why's. How his character's scenes will blend with the entire film so he could adjust if need be.
"So, all in all, very interesting discussions both with 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 Kay Fe, pati na ang iba pang full- length entries (pati short films) sa Cinemalaya 2009 from July 17-26 sa Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.