Director Yam Laranas will be attending the international premiere of Patient X in Sta. Monica, Los Angeles without the main stars of the film, Richard Gutierrez and Cristine Reyes. The horror film will be screened in the United States as part of the strategy of their L.A.-based sales agent.
Patient X is one of the films that will take part in the 30th American Film Market, which will run from November 4-11. The lineup of AFM includes 445 films in 27 languages, including 73 world premieres and 311 market premieres, screening to 8,000-plus film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries.
In a text message to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Yam explained that "the AFM is a film market of independents. Our agent in L.A. will represent us in sales." Participants from over 70 countries converge to buy and sell distribution rights for completed films or to gain financing for projects in various stages of production.
He also revealed that they have hired an American firm that will be actively promoting Patient X in the annual trade show where production and distribution deals are closed.
After guesting in Showbiz Central yesterday, October 25, Richard went to SM Manila to attend the celebrity premiere night of Patient X. Present during the red-carpet event were his parents Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez as well as his siblings Ruffa, Elvis, Rocky, and Richard’s twin Raymond.
The cast members who were graced the event were TJ Trinidad, Miriam Quiambao, Dion Ignacio, Che Ramos and Nanding Josef. Child star Junyka Santarin, who plays the daughter of Che in the film, was present that night but she was unable to watch the film because Patient X has been rated R-13 without cuts by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.
The press asked Richard for his reaction to the fact that this film about aswangs has been rated R-13. "The movie is technically not designed for kids and ayaw naman namin na magka-trauma pa ang mga bata dahil sa amin," said the actor who also served as a co-producer of the film.
Produced by GMA Films, Viva Films and Rgutz Productions, Patient X will be screened in over 100 theaters nationwide starting this Wednesday, October 28.