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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 4, 2010


ADOLF ALIX’ new indie film, “Chassis”, was shown at the recent Pusan International Filmfest and critic Richard Kuipers reviewed it positively in Variety, the bible of Hollywood, praising lead star Jodi Sta. Maria: “With a blank face that lingers in the memory, Sta. Maria is quietly compelling as a woman with a single, unshakeable reason to live."

Jodi plays Nora, a young homeless mom forced to go into prostitution to earn a living for her child. “Chassis” was filmed on location in South Harbor, Port Area where homeless people really live, to immerse the actors in the actual milieu. Jodi was at Pusan and won the warm and friendly Koreans. At the film’s screening, she chose to speak in Filipino: “I did it as I’m proud of being a Pinay.”

It’s predicted that “Chassis” will win her an award. She already won best actress for another indie film, “Sisa”, last year. “I love doing mainstream movies, my last one was ‘Cinco’, where I also played a single mom, but indie films bring me more varied roles than the ones I get in mainstream cinema. I’ve also just finished the Cinema One Digital film, ‘Third World Happy’, with Sam Milby to be shown at Shangrila Mall.”

Chassis will be shown on November 12, 2010 at the U.P. Cine Adarna, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. After Pusan, it’ll compete in the 25th Mar del Plata International Filmfest in Argentina from November 14-21 where we hope they win some awards. It also stars Rustica Carpio, Evelyn Vargas, Lemuel Pelayo, and Angeli Bayani. It will compete with Argentinian Fernando Spiner's "Aballay," a western about a foul-tempered gaucho thinking of ending his life of crime; Rosendo Ruiz's romance "De Caravana," about a man making the album of a famed musician; Nicolas Goldbart's "Fase 7," an action comedy set during a deadly epidemic in Buenos Aires, Polish director Jerzy Skolimoswki's prison escape thriller "Essential Killing"; Gaul's Sylvain Chomet's toon "The Illusionist"; Iranian Rafi Pitts' vengeance thriller "The Hunter"; Georgian Otar Iosseliani's artist tale "Chantrapas"; Russian Aleksei Fedorchenko's "Silent Souls"; Taiwanese helmer Mong-Hong Chung's family loss story "Fourth Portrait"; Spaniard Oliver Laxe's "You All Are Captains"; Romanian Radu Muntean's "Tuesday, After Christmas" and Serbian Oleg Novkovic's "White, White World."