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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.

Apr 13, 2012

Noranians Would Be Pleased To Know Their Idol Is Now Shooting New Film With Direk Dante Mendoza In Tawi Tawi

HER LOYAL FANS WHO KEEP on asking what Nora Aunor is doing at the moment should be pleased that she is now starting to shoot the much touted indie film she was reporter earlier to be doing with Cannes International Filmfest best director Dante Mendoza. If plans don’t miscarry, they are leaving for the exotic island of Tawi-Tawi today to shoot the film there on location with co-stars Bembol Roco, Mercedes Cabral and, hopefully, Lovi Poe. They’ll shoot there for 15 days. (Lovi is super busy with “Legacy” so we don’t know how she can squeeze this in.)

Ate Guy will play a Badjao woman, which was played by Rosa Rosal before in “Badjao”. It’s common knowledge that Tawi-Tawi is a hot spot so we just pray that the Abu Sayyaf won’t mess them up while shooting the movie there. Described as the collaboration of two film art geniuses (Nora and Dante), we’re told that its title is “Thy Womb”. Its blurb says it’s “an intriguing tale of love adrift, with this unsettling question: how do you sustain a life stuck between the deveil of passion and the deep blue sea of tradition?” It’s said the film would be shot without a script. To that, we say, Good luck!

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? We hope it’ll be really good enough to revive Ate Guy’s dormant movie career. Let’s face it, her “Sa Ngalan ng Ina” comeback on TV5 didn’t really rate as high as expected, so we hope this time, she can come up with a movie that will do well in international film festivals, given the track record of her director now. We can’t say that will do well at the box office as we all know that Dante Mendoza’s films win awards but he has yet to achieve commercial success in theaters. As of now, he has completed film, “Captive”, a film about a kidnapping by the Abu Sayyaf starring French actress Isabelle Huppert, Angel Aquino, Raymond Bagatsing, Sid Lucero and Ronnie Lazaro. It was an entry in the recent Berlin International Filmfest where it got mixed reviews. We just don’t know when they intend to release it in local theaters.