Almost three years in the making ang paggawa ng The Red Shoes but it was all worth it for those involved in the production of the movie. This film is directed by Raul Jorolan, written by James Ladioray and produced by Tony Gloria of Unitel Production.
The story starts with ten year old Lucas (Marvin Agustin) who stole one of Imelda Marcos’s 3,000 pair of shoes at Malacañang Palace on the night of the 1986 EDSA Revolution.
Lucas stole the shoes so he could give a gift to his mother Chat (Liza Lorena) and his childhood sweetheart Bettina (Nikki Gil). Lucas’s mother gives pedicures and manicures for a living and has not yet moved on from the sudden disappearance of her husband (Tirso Cruz III). Meanwhile, Bettina is a "well-heeled"daughter who works as a physical therapist.
Twenty years after, Lucas is now a professional videographer and is still stuck and unable to move on from his past.
According to James, the writer of The Red Shoes, the film tells a simple love story.
"Noong 1986, during EDSA Revolution, may sakit ako nu’n. Hindi ako makapunta sa EDSA. [May narinig ako] na may isang lalaki nga raw na nagnakaw ng shoes ni Imelda. So, I have wanted to create a story, not political but a story of love and redemption. The Red Shoes started as a script for Cinemalaya last 2007, pero hindi namin natapos, so, we decided to pull it out until Unitel took over as the film’s producer."
Mismong ang bida raw ng movie na si Marvin ang nag-feed ng story sa Unitel Big Boss na si Mr. Tony Gloria. Even Marvin himself fell in love with the story after a week na hindi man lang daw niya nagagalaw or nabasa ang script sa bahay nila.
Pero nang umpisahan na raw niya itong basahin, hindi na niya halos nabitawan.
The press conference of The Red Shoes was held at at Greenbelt 3- Marciano’s in Greenbelt 3, a restaurant that is owned by Marvin Agustin. Halfway through the press con, dumating si Tessie Tomas na naka costume bilang Madam Vange, a spiritist who works as an impersonator of Madam Imelda.
Ayon naman sa director ng pelikula na si Raul, simple lang daw ang formula ng movie. "The story looks complex, pero hindi. Maganda siyang story pero hindi dapat madaliin. I remained faithful to the script. We shot them as it happened."
Bagaman nabanggit sa istorya ang 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution, Imelda and her shoes, para sa writer na si James, ang mga elemento na ito ay hindi nangangahulugan na political film ang The Red Shoes.
"Naging take-off lang ng kuwento ’yung People Power. It’s not really a political film. Red shoes...red has many meaning. It’s the color of love, passion, galit, pag-iimbot. Red—kulay ng dugo.
"Kung ang isang viewer, gustong matawa, gustong maging masaya—this is the movie. Pero kung gusto mo rin na may ma-discover, marami rin siyang makikita sa pelikula."
Naniniwala naman si Nikki, though, The Red Shoes marks her screen debut in a lead role that this movie will really make a difference.
"Bakit natin kailangang i-limit ang sarili natin na parang naka-box lang ang indie film, na pang-intelihenteng tao lang ang mga nakaka-appreciate ng indie film? When I heard about the film, I wanna make this movie na. I believe it will make a difference. A real Filipino movie. Walang pinaggayahan. Pinoy talaga," ani Nikki.
Kung budget din daw ang pag-uusapan, hindi na raw matatawag na indie budget ang The Red Shoes, though, hindi sila nagbigay ng exact figure, gumamit daw sila ng best camera at best equipment para sa paggawa ng pelikula.
The movie also stars Iwa Moto, Tetchie Agbayani, Monica Llamas, Irene Celebre, John Michael Reyes, Arnold Reyes, Valerie Barious and Jericho dela Cruz.
The Red Shoes will have its regular run starting March 10. It is graded A by Cinema Evaluation Board.
CLICK HERE to read PEP’s review of the film.