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Another competitor in the New Breed section of Cinemalaya 2011 is Eduardo Roy, Jr. with his movie “Bahay Bata” (Baby Factory).
Here’s what it’s all about, as posted in the festival website:
Sarah (Diana Zubiri) is a nurse at a Public Maternity Hospital. The hospital is abuzz with pregnant mothers of all shapes and sizes in different stages of labor. The hospital is short on staff on Christmas Day so Sarah is forced to put in a double shift. Sarah observes the women coming and going in her ward, noting who is a first-timer and who is a veteran. Meanwhile, the wards are overcrowded : two women and their babies sharing single beds while those in labor are spilling unto the hallways. Sarah takes these all in stride, her heart and mind laboring over her own personal pains.
Although it looks like an ordinary trip to the maternity ward, there are actually so many things happening inside one – some of them very sad, thought-provoking, and even shocking to an extent (as I’ve learned from my nephew-nurse who was exposed to all the graphic details of what transpires even in just a 12-hour shift.) Cast-wise, this is a good acting vehicle for Diana Zubiri, just in time for her showbiz comeback after a few years of low-profile living.
Visit (and Like) its Facebook page where you can already reserve tickets, as well as get details on how to have the movie screened in your school, college or university.
“Bahay Bata” is directed by Eduardo Roy, Jr. who also shares screenplay credits with Jerome Zamora. Aside from Diana, other members of the cast are Mailes Kanapi, Orlando Sol, Sue Prado, Joeffrey Javier and with the special participation of Yul Servo. Watch out for its screening skeds during Cinemalaya 2011 starting July 15.
video courtesy of mylaajero
According to the movie’s website, the film tells the saga of Rosario (Jennylyn Mercado), a young and liberated Filipina in the 1920s who has just arrived from New York, and is spending her vacation in their hacienda.
There, she meets and falls in love with Vicente (Yul Servo), an older man who manages the tobacco plantation owned by Rosario’s family. When Rosario’s father finds out about his daughter’s scandalous affair, he sends Rosario to a convent.
She escapes, and elopes with Vicente to Manila where they raise a family. But Rosario’s life of married bliss slowly crumbles when Vicente becomes ill with tuberculosis, and she is lured to committing adultery. Temptation and scandal still hound Rosario as she continues to defy the moral restrictions of her time.
Based on a true story and set in one of the most colorful periods in Philippine history, ROSARIO is destined to be a modern masterpiece in Philippine filmmaking. It is a monumental yet intimate portraitof a woman’s emancipation and the sometimes painful consequencesof following one’s desires.
P.S. “Rosario” is Rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board. Kudos to Director Albert Martinez and the whole cast & crew!
“Donor”, an independent film by Mark Meily won Best Picture (international competition) at the recently-concluded 37th Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bruxelles (Brussels International Independent Film Festival). It also scored a double victory with lead actress Meryll Soriano bagging the Best Actress award. The twin wins continue the excellent track record of the Philippines in the said independent film festival. Actress Nora Aunor and actor Yul Servo previously won the Best Actress and Best Actor awards, respectively, way back in 2004 for the movie “Naglalayag“, with comedian Dolphy and his two sons – Eric and Epi – getting a Best Ensemble Actor award for “Markova” and a lot more.
As a refresher, watch the full trailer of “Donor” below:
video courtesy of YouTube/markmeily
Congratulations to Mark & Meryll for bringing honor to the country! 😉