Nag-react ang aktres na si Bianca King sa inilabas na review ng isang film critic tungkol sa Cinemalaya entry na Ang Katiwala, na isinulat at idinirek ni Aloy Adlawan.
Ang bida sa pelikula ay ang kasintahan ni Bianca na si Dennis Trillo.
Ang nagsulat ng review ay si Philbert Dy at nailathala ito sa website na clickthecity.com kahapon, July 25.
Hindi nagustuhan ni Dy ang pelikula.
Aniya, "It’s a confused, overwrought and overlong mess that seems intent on talking down to the audience."
Pinayuhan din ng film critic ang mga manonood na iwasan ito kung manonood sila ng Cinemalaya entries.
"This year’s lineup was pretty strong overall... And the only film I think people should actively avoid is Ang Katiwala."
Sa kabilang banda ay pinuri ni Dy ang performance dito ni Dennis: "To be fair, this might be one of the better performances of Dennis Trillo. But it’s not nearly enough to salvage this mess of a movie."
Narito ang kabuuang review ni Philbert Dy sa Ang Katiwala:
“Aloy Adlawan’s Ang Katiwala is the only film in the festival that I actively don’t like. It’s a confused, overwrought and overlong mess that seems intent on talking down to the audience. Carpenter Ruben (Dennis Trillo) gets a job as a caretaker for a property in Quezon City. He soon discovers that the property was once home to President Manuel Quezon. As Ruben spends time in the house, he takes inspiration from the president, and tries to model himself after him. The core of the film seems but simple, but the final product is decidedly not. It’s a mess of misplaced politics, unearned sentiment and loose plot points poorly held together by mismatched treatments. Somehow, this movie makes room for both animated interpretations of Quezon’s life and slow-motion gunfire. To be fair, this might be one of the better performances of Dennis Trillo. But it’s not nearly enough to salvage this mess of a movie.
“And that’s it for this year. This year’s lineup was pretty strong overall. There are a few days left in the festival, and I hope you guys take the chance to see some of these films. I would definitely recommend seeing Ang Nawawala, Aparisyon, Kalayaan, Santa Niña and Bwakaw. I still haven’t seen a better version of Requieme!, but I think it’s worth seeing anyway. And the only film I think people should actively avoid is Ang Katiwala. All in all, it was a good year, the quality of the films overshadowing whatever controversy the festival went through. The future seems uncertain for the festival now, but whatever happens next, there’s no denying the sheer quality that was produced this year.”
BIANCA REACTS. Ipinahayag naman ni Bianca ang reaksiyon niya sa review ni Dy sa kanyang personal Twitter account, ilang oras matapos ang gala night ng Ang Katiwala, sa Main Theater ng Cultural Center of the Philippines, kagabi.
Base sa mga sunud-sunod na tweets ni Bianca, hindi nito nagustuhan ang tahasang pagsasabi ng film reviewer na huwag panoorin ang pelikula.
Si Bianca ay nagtapos ng kursong Bachelor of Arts in Digital Filmmaking sa De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde noong March 2012.
Narito ang mensahe ni Bianca kay Dy sa kanyang Twitter posts:
“Dear philbert dy. It is not right for you as a Filipino film "critic" to tell your countrymen to actively avoid watching a cinemalaya film.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, especially in movies. Kanya-kanyang taste lang yan. But to tell Filipinos to actively avoid a cinemalaya film is downright crass and insulting to the festival that carefully selects films to bring something new & revive the industry.
“If anything, this time of the year and December MMFF season is when ALL film "pa-critics" should promote watching ALL Filipino-made films.
“Regardless of what your taste level or opinion is, no Filipino has the right to tell others to not patrionize something Filipino-made."
Dagdag din ni Bianca: “Filipino press, feel free to quote me. I did not graduate with a degree in digital filmmaking for nothing. Mabuhay ang Cinemalaya!
“Feel free to give ur opinion about anything. But not tell people to not see it for themselves & come up with their own conclusions about it.”