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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.

Mar 8, 2012

Indie Movie 'Pikit-Mata' Will Surely Shock A Lot Of Viewers

WE’VE JUST seen the special preview of an indie gay-themed film, “Pikit-Mata (Blind Submission)” written and directed by Ronald Carballo for Gerron Entertainment. Ferdie Lapuz, who coordinates the entry of local films sent to various international film festivals, said the programmers of Toronto International Filmfest has seen it and is very much interested in it, even praising Ronald’s direction of the film. In all fairness to the movie, it has a solid narrative and is not like the usual local sexploitation gay film that has very flimsy stories and just bank on the sex scenes.

“Pikit-Mata” stars newcomers Jay Austria (who’s from Tagbilaran and works in a call center before taking the audition for the movie) and Victor Escobar (who used to work in Resorts World) as the sons of a poor couple, Nadia Montenegro and Mike Lloren, who earn very little as ‘tahong’ vendors in Navotas. To augment their family’s income, Jay sidelines as a male prostitute, later followed by Victor. The film is titled “Pikit-Mata” because the parents turn a blind eye to what their sons do in the flesh trade.
The title also refers to the sex scenes where partners close their eyes while in the throes of sextacy. And there are many such scenes. Jay has a kind and loving lover in an elderly barber, Ernie Garcia, who did bed scenes in his heydays as a male sex symbol in the 70s, but never like this. Jay also has a bed scene with Soxy Topacio, a dirty old gay who does all sorts of perversities with him. Soxy even has his own unabashed nude scene in the movie.

Jay likewise does a love scene with Romano Vasquez, an older callboy who teaches him about their trade and turns out to also have the hots for him. But his most shocking sex scene is with RS Francisco, a gay customer who asks Jay to do a threesome with him and another partner. This is also one of the most moving moments in the entire film but we can’t reveal the details since it’ll surely spoil your viewing pleasure. For this scene alone, we’re sure foreign audiences will find the movie far different than any other gay film they’ve seen before.

Victor, in turn, has a hot love scene with Ross Uy, his Kuya’s best friend, and with his classmate, Juancho Revilla who’s a former Ginoong Sta. Cruz, Laguna. With the latter, he figures in a deadly love triangle with another gay classmate that ends up in a fatal shooting in a mall, reminiscent of what happened to SM Pampanga. Victor is also shown being abused by a hunky closet gay cop, Dax Alejandro.

The film, that can definitely stand some trimming to quicken its pacing, takes a tragic turn when someone is diagnosed to have a terminal disease. Well photographed and with shot in fresh locations, the film will certainly do well in gay markets abroad, which we believe is their actual target. For his next movie, Ronald and Gerron Entertainment are now shooting “Kalam (Hunger)”, which is not a gay film but a socially relevant one about hunger among the poor, also starring new actors.