Now that the problem between Star Cinema and SM Malls hasbeen fixed, moviegoers now have the option of watching the latest project ofABS-CBN's film arm in the biggest movie chain in the country. In fact, it wasannounced that In My Life will be screened in 119 theaters nationwidestarting this Wednesday, September 16.
Shot partly in New York, In My Life is topbilled by Vilma Santos, JohnLloyd Cruz and Luis Manzano. The Olivia Lamasan film has been graded "B" by theCinema Evaluation Board. Sarah Geronimo performs the movie's theme song, "Something New in My Life."
The story of In My Life revolves around Shirley Templo (Vilma Santos), a strictlibrarian who goes to New York to be reunited with her estranged son Mark(Luis Manzano). She is surprised to learn that her gay son is already living in withanother man named Noel (John Lloyd Cruz), an illegal immigrant.
As she spends more and more time with her son's lover, Shirley realizes thatshe has become emotionally distant from her own son. This gap becomesapparent to her when Mark avoids telling her about his medical condition.
In this film, viewers will be treated to breathtaking view of the New Yorkskyline and famous tourist spots of the Big Apple (including the Statue ofLiberty).
Star Cinema exerted great effort in promoting In My Life, which is considered the comeback film of the Star for all Seasons. She last appeared in Mano Po III (2004).
The film had its firstpremiere night last Monday, September 14, at SM Batangas. Vilma Santos-Recto,who has been serving as Batangas governor since 2007, has always stressed thatshe sought the permission of her constituents before she accepted this movieproject.
During the second premiere held yesterday, September 15, at Trinoma QuezonCity, Vilma addressed the audience and shared her thoughts about her newfilm.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting our movie.Sa lahat ng nandito, I hope you enjoy it. Ito naman ay masayang pelikula lamangand I hope yung mga ina diyan at ganun din po ang mga inang may anak diyan nagay, at para sa mga taong marunong magmahal, isa po itong pelikula na mayistorya para sa inyo."
ABS-CBN President Charo Santos Concio graced the occasion along with StarCinema's managing director Malou Santos and Channel Head Cory Vidanes.
When asked to recount her favorite scenes in the movie, Ma'am Charo admittedthat she liked a lot of scenes. "Marami...yung between Vilma and Luis nung sinabiniya he disappointed her again and the funeral scene between John Lloyd andVilma. Congratulations for a wonderful movie and the great performances. I'msure this will be a box-office hit."
Edu Manzano, Vilma's ex-husband, also took time to attend the screening inTrinoma. Luis even offered this movie as a birthday gift to his dad.
Right after the screening in Trinoma, the cast members proceeded to SM Megamallfor the third and final premiere night of the film.
Supporting cast members Dimples Romana, Nikki Valdez, Rafael Rosell, and ViceGanda greeted the crowd that gathered around Cinema 9 and 10 of SM Megamall.
Vilma's husband Ralph Recto and their son Ryan Christian alsoattended the premiere at SM Megamall.
Other stars who graced the event were Vhong Navarro, Zanjoe Marudo, CharleneGonzales, and director Rowell Santiago. Also spotted were fashion designersRajo Laurel and JC Buendia. Even Batangas vice-governor Mark Leviste made it apoint to attend the star-studded event.
In My Life will be screened in cinemas nationwide starting thisWednesday, September 16.