A touching tale about two grandmothers will officially openthe 11th edition of Cinemanila International Film Festival. The annual filmfest will be held from October 15 to 25 in Bonifacio GlobalCity in Taguig.
Lola is about two elderly women who cope and try to survive life's harsh realities for the elderly. Both bear theconsequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons—one is the victim,the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, the two grandmothers laboriouslysolicit money in the midst of a storm: one for the victim's burial, the otherfor the suspect's bail bond.
Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio are cast as the twograndmothers.
Directed by Brillante "Dante" Mendoza, this indie film competed in the 66thedition of the Venice Film Festival. This marks the first time a Filipino filmcompeted in Venice for the Golden Lion in 25 years. The last entry was Mike deLeon's Sister Stella L. (presented under the title Sangandaan)in 1984.
Incidentally, Direk Dante is the head of the Main Competition Jury of thisyear's festival.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to interview the acclaimeddirector recently when his films were launched by PLDT as the initial contentfor WatchPad, its new service for MyDSL subscribers.
"Ang Lola ang may pinakamagandang reviews sa lahat ng mga pelikula ko.Talagang unanimous ang reviews nila, so this time kahit wala kamingnapanalunan, sobrang nakakatuwa," says Direk Dante about his latest work.
He even quipped, "Hindi ako sanay, hindi ako sanay ng walang negative, e."
Why does he think Lola get a more positive response compared to hisprevious films Serbis and Kinatay?
"Because Lola is a emotional film," he explained. "When you talkabout the unconditional love, the concept itself is already dramatic. Malapit'yan sa puso ng tao, anything dramatic basta pinaguusapan yung pagmamahal,unconditional love. But a film like Serbis or Kinatay, hindi motalaga immediately magugustuhan 'yan, kasi meron siyang ibang sinasabi."
Lola was shot for around 12 days in Malabon, a low-lying area that isconstantly submerged in deep water.
Direk Dante narrates, "Namamangka talaga sila [mga taga-Malabon]. Namamangka natalaga sila doon kasi hindi na bumababa yung tubig. Lagpas tao na ang tubigdoon. At ang mga bahay nila nakapatong na talaga sa mga stilts."
NEXT PROJECT? When the press asked Direk Dante, what would be his nextproject, he revealed that he is thinking about making a film based on thekidnapping in Mindanao by the Abu Sayyaf.
He also revealed that he realized the resiliency of Filipinos when he recentlytook footage of Ondoy victims.
"Sumasama ako sa mga nagbibigay ng relief goods. Doon momakikita ang mga Pilipino, kung paano sila nagiging survivor. Despite the factna wala na silang bahay, naglalakad na sila kung saan-saan, wala akongnakikitang umiiyak, wala akong nakikitang nagko-complain. Nagtatawanan pa rinsila, masaya sila. Pag binibigyan mo ng konting [tulong], tawa sila nang tawa."
Lola will be screened tomorrow, October 15, as the opening filmof Cinemanila. The invitation-only event will take place at Market! Market! inTaguig City. Those who wish to watch the film can purchase tickets for thefollowing screening dates:
October 16 (FRIDAY)
5:10 - 7:10 PM Market!Market! Cinema 5
October 17 (SATURDAY)
2:15 - 4:15 PM Market!Market! Cinema 4
October 18 (SUNDAY)
11:00 - 1:00 PM Market! Market! Cinema 5
October 20 (TUESDAY)
2:50 - 4:50 PM Market!Market! Cinema 5
Tickets are priced at P120; students can purchase tickets @ P100. Call392-7935 for further inquiries.
CLICK HERE for thecomplete screening schedule of the 11th edition of Cinemanila.