Don’t look now, but another Filipino indie movie has done the country proud by being named Best Showcase Feature at the 2nd Soho International Film Festival 2010 in New York City. “Walang Hanggang Paalam” (literal English translation: “Never-Ending Goodbye”) came out on top and bested 11 other competing movies from different participating countries. The festival “encourages new and seasoned filmmakers to create innovative and thought-provoking pieces and will host screenings and events in the renowned SOHO district of New York City to bring together filmmakers, critics, and cineastes from across the world.”
The movie is directed by Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos. It stars Joem Bascon, Lovi Poe, Jake Roxas and Jacky Woo. The plot is about Maria (Lovi Poe), a 16-year old girl who elopes with her boyfriend Ryan (Joem Bascon) to Baguio. While they are in a hotel in Baguio, they meet a terminally ill tourist (Jacky Woo) who is in Baguio beause it is where he met his ex-wife who is a Filipina. Maria develops a strange relationship with the tourist and she is later torn between the love of Ryan and the older stranger she has just met. Meanwhile, Maria’s father (Ricardo Cepeda) hires a private detective named Patrick (Jake Roxas) to look for his daughter. Patrick is a homosexual who is learning to deal with the promiscuity of his lover (Rico Barrera).
Below is a two-minute teaser trailer of “Walang Hanggang Paalam”
video courtesy of YouTube/reysison10
I must admit that I didn’t give this movie much thought of watching at first, but I’m now doubly intrigued in catching the same or buying a personal dvd copy.