courtesy of ticketworldmanila
One of the more interesting entries in this year’s Cinemalaya is a satirical comedy intriguingly titled “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” (The Woman in the Septic Tank). The Marlon Rivera-directed movie – as written by Chris Martinez – stars popular actress/comedienne Eugene Domingo who plays herself, showbiz upstarts JM de Guzman (‘Mula Sa Puso’) and Cai Cortez (‘Here Comes the bride’) plus band vocalist-cum-TV actor Kean Cipriano.
According to the Cinemalaya website, here’s the film’s plot:
“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film. They believe they have a winning script, the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. Like most filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the real essence of our culture: poverty. In the course of one day, they brainstorm and exhaust all possible treatment of their project: the story of Mila (Eugene Domingo), a mother from the slums, who out of desperation to survive, has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible executions of the story, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in Jocelyn’s imagination several times. As a gritty no frills neo-realist film, as a glossy musical, as an over-the-top melodrama and as a docu drama using non-actors. For their last task of the day, they visit the dumpsite for the first time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the ”beauty” of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with reality as they come face to face with the real effects of their chosen subject. Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty.
“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” is part of Cinemalaya’s New Breed (Full Length) Section. Together with 8 other movies, it will get prime screening times during the festival which will unreel July 15 and run till the 24th.
I’m very keen on watching this one, if only to judge how Advertising Executive Marlon Rivera directed his first opus.
Suportahan natin ang Pelikulang Pilipino! (Let’s support Filipino films!) 😉