Indie film "Casa" to be screened in select theaters starting August 1

by Eric Borromeo
Aug 1, 2007
(From left) Mikaela Espinosa, Michael Rivero, Asia Agcaoili, and Paolo Paraiso star in a steamy digital film directed by Deo Fajardo, Jr.

Casa is the latest indie film megged by director Deo Fajardo, Jr. The movie stars Asia Agcaoili, Paolo Paraiso and Michael Rivero. Casa, which means "house" in the Spanish language, is about three people living-in together under one roof—the beautiful wife, her former lover, and her blind husband. The FHM columnist even has love scenes with another woman, Mikaela Espinosa, in the said digital film.

Deo's indie film tells the story of a soldier's wife (Asia) who after learning that his husband (Michael) has gone "missing in action" rekindled an old flame (Paolo). However, months later, her husband, who is temporarily blinded after doing combat in Mindanao, returns home. Because of his injury, he remains ignorant of the fact that he is sharing their casa ("house") with his wife's ex-lover.



This suspense-thriller is set to open in select theaters starting today, August 1.

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) talked to the film's director Deo and here's what he told us about Casa.

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Is Casa your first indie movie?

It's not my first indie. I've done G.I. Joey, a gay indie film, starring William Redmond. There's also Xerox Copy, also a gay film with Jao Mapa who portrayed four different roles.

How did you motivate your artists to do daring scenes, especially Paolo Paraiso, since this is his first daring film?

Hindi mahirap idirek sa sexy scenes si Paolo, kasi, di ba, member siya ng isang hunk group [The Hunks]? And the mere fact na si Asia [Agcaoili] ang kapareha niya, aware siya na may sexy scenes. Binasa niya ang script at kailangan naman talaga. Asia also, walang inhibitions. Same with Michael [Rivero]. Alam nila na kailangan talaga ‘yon.

Gaano kalapit sa realidad ang istorya ng Casa?

Malapit sa realidad, kasi, kaya maraming domestic problem lalo na sa marriage ang kataksilan, di ba?

How "bold" is the movie?

Knowing Asia is in the lead role, who is a "sex guru," you can just imagine how bold the film is. But it's tolerable with art.

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What is the redeeming factor of the movie?

Infidelity should be erased. ‘Yan ang cause or root ng trouble sa mundo...domestic and global, ‘di ba?

How is Casa different from other indie films that have sex and violence as ingredients?

The look of Casa. Hindi siya mukhang indie na kinunan ng video cam. 35mm siya in terms of production value. Sex and violence is natural because of the plot, [which is] infidelity.

Ang naturang pelikula ay first venture ng Artiste Entertainment Works International ni Tonet Gedang at line-produced ito nina Ed at Cherry Domingo ng Colours Films & Entertainment International Production Inc.

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(From left) Mikaela Espinosa, Michael Rivero, Asia Agcaoili, and Paolo Paraiso star in a steamy digital film directed by Deo Fajardo, Jr.
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