Masayang inanunsiyo ng film director-producer na si Paul Soriano na maganda ang tsansa ng Transit upang makapasok sa final list of nominees sa Best Foreign Language Film category ng 86th Academy Awards.
Saad niya, “Based on unofficial… na parang survey, they put Transit on number 22 na ‘ata or we’re on Top 22.
"That’s very good, out of 70 films, you know.
"We have to get to the Top 5 though—that’s the goal.
“Konti na lang, so hope for the best.”
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang miyembro ng media si Paul sa presscon ng Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave category noong Biyernes, December 6.
OSCAR CHANCES. Ang Transit ay pinagbibidahan nina Jasmine Curtis Smith, Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral, at ng child actor na si Marc Justine Alvarez.
Idinirek ito ni Hannah Espia, habang si Paul naman ang executive producer.
Una itong ipinalabas sa Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2013, kung saan nanalo itong Best Film sa New Breed category.
Tinatalakay ng pelikula ang kuwento ng pamilyang Pilipino sa Israel na naapektuhan ng umiiral na batas na naglalayong ipa-deport ang mga anak ng mga migrante.
Isa ang Transit sa lagpas 70 pelikula mula sa iba’t ibang bansa na umaasang mapabilang sa limang nominees sa kategoryang Best Foreign Language Film category ng Oscars sa 2014.
Sabi ni Paul tungkol dito, “We’re very excited.
"We have three major screenings on [December] 12, 13, and 14.
"I talked to Dean Devlin just the other day. He said that a lot of key judges of the foreign film language [category] will be attending.
“So, that’s great news!
"And you know, as a producer, we can only do our best to screen the film to the judges, but it’s only up to them to vote in January.
"You know, a win for Transit is a win for the Philippines.
"So, we’re hoping for the best.”
Si Dean Devlin ang producer ng sikat na Hollywood films na Godzilla at Independence Day. Siya rin ngayon ang tumatayong sales agent ng Transit sa Amerika.
Aminado si Paul na malaki ang naitulong ni Dean sa pagpasok nito bilang sales agent.
Saad niya, “It helps.
"That’s why when Dean Devlin got onboard, instantly, we have access to his contacts.
“When Dean put his name on a project, people tend to watch it and or become curious.
"So, yeah, to make it abroad, a foreign distributor is very important.”
Hindi naman ipinagkaila ni Paul na umaasa siya at ang kanyang grupo na makapasok sa listahan ng nominees ang Transit.
“Yes, I’m very positive. Transit has a very good shot.
"With Dean Devlin helping out, I think we really have a good shot.”
Pero kung sakaling mabigo, sabi ni Paul: “I tell you... the next ten years, we will have a nomination because Philippine cinema is just on the rise, you know.
"Not just Transit, but there’s so many other great films this year.”
HAPPY FOR TONI. Napag-usapan din nang bahagya ang bagong proyekto ng kasintahan ni Paul na si Toni Gonzaga.
Ito ay ang ABS-CBN sitcom na Home Sweetie Home, kung saan kapareha ni Toni si John Lloyd Cruz.
Sabi ni Paul, excited siya sa project dahil fan siya ng tambalan ng dalawa.
“Toni and John Lloyd, ‘no? Of course, I am looking forward to that.
"I think Toni is always at her best when it comes to comedy.
"And with John Lloyd, I was a big fan of Amnesia Girl , so I think this sitcom will be right up their alley.”
Magiging mature din daw ang role ni Toni dito. Ano ang masasabi ni Paul dito?
Tugon niya, “Yeah, yeah, I think so.
"Well, it’s good for her… we’re also maturing in terms of our jobs a a director and as an actress.
"So, it’s good to get mature roles, and to challenge—which is good.”