PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) just got word that the indie film Bayaw, starring Paolo Rivero and Janvier Daily, was Rated X when the Movie and Television Review & Classification Board (MTRCB) reviewed it earlier today, August 27.
Bayaw will be submitted again to the MTRCB for a second review on Tuesday, September 1. The people behind this production are all hoping that it will be approved for exhibition, with minimal cuts or no cuts at all, in time for its showing. The film, produced by Climax Films and directed by Monti Parungao (Sagwan), is scheduled to open on September 2 in selected theaters nationwide.
Bayaw was first screened as part of the 5th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. It was one of the films shortlisted by a screening committee to take part in the first Cinemalaya-NETPAC World Cinema, a sidebar competition formed by CCP to cater to independent producers who will premiere their films during the festival. This is a separate category from the ten full-length entries that were granted funding by the Cinemalaya organization.
In the film, Paolo and Janvier play brothers-in-law who get entangled in a homosexual affair after one of them commits a crime.
Click here to read review of Bayaw.