“in darkness we live”, a new film by christopher ad castillo

from sssip ūüôā
SOME VOICES NEEDS TO BE HEARD.

‪#‎InDarknessWeLive‬ new trailer.

CHRIS AD: MYSTERY MAN
CHRIS AD: MYSTERY MAN

“Official competition selection of the ‚Ä™#‚ÄéQCinema‚Ĩ International Film Festival.
Gala premiere night Friday Nov 7 at 930pm Trinoma Cinema 3. Public is welcome.
2nd screening on Saturday Nov 8 at 12pm noon Trinoma Cinema 3.
Much thanks for your support and please share to help foster ‪#‎independentcinema‬.
Cheers!”— FROM DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER AD CASTILLO

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THE CAST!

MS. GLORIA SEVILLA
MS. GLORIA SEVILLA

MON CONFIADO
MON CONFIADO

ALEX VINCENT MEDINA
ALEX VINCENT MEDINA
MON (EXTREME RIGHT), ALEX (3RD FROM LEFT) AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CAST
MON (EXTREME RIGHT), ALEX (3RD FROM LEFT) AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CAST

DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER AD CASTILLO SPEAKS ABOUT HIS FILM “IN DARKNESS WE LIVE”:
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“The idea was borne about by my love for Takashi Miike gangster films and French slasher films of the
90’s. I always put my influences in anything that I do artistically and this film gave me a chance with a
couple of film languages that I admire. Plus it was a great way to work with my dear friend producer
Suzette Ranillo and my fiancee Malaya Santos who was actively involved in my production for the first
time.
It’s about bank robbers who botch a job and have to go on the run. They run out of gas on and go on
foot in this weird forest where no one has gotten out alive. There they discover an old house where a
young woman lives with her grandmother. As they insist on staying, the Grandmother tells them that it
is the night of Ang Kumakatok (Those Who Knock), a mythical being who takes away a soul from the
occupants of the house they knock in. As the dead of night unfolds, we realize who they all really are
and when the knock comes, none of them can run away from an evil that stays in their soul.
It’s not your traditional exercise in horror but more of a drama and the toll the extreme psyche exerts on
the human soul. I toy with the idea of a myth and its effects on people who are already on the edge
while being violent by nature. The legend of Ang Kumakatok is something I discovered after doing
research on Philippine mythology. I wanted to pick on something more obscure and stay away from the
overused standard ones like Tikbalang and Kapre to name a few. Every time I ask people whether
they’ve heard of Ang Kumakatok, they don’t know what it is. Our culture is rich in mythology, let’s be
inventive about it.”

ON THE VIOLENCE OF THE FILM
“My motto on set was never run out of blood. I came in knowing that the screen will be awash in red
and I was not going to shy away from the reality of the characters and the story. These are violent
people that will not think twice to kill and will die before they get caught and I have to be honest in the
actions they do. And if that means ultra violence then so be it. Actually I started the film knowing I was
headed into X rating territory and enjoyed every second of it. There’s a feeling of liberation when your
art is unencumbered and you’re free to unleash onto the audience the terrible darkness in your mind.”

ON THE ADLIB OF THE FILM
“I wanted to do something different and fun for me and the actors. I just wrote a seven page treatment
and I went out and got my friends which happen to be some of the best actors in the industry namely
Mon Confiado, Alex Medina and Jerald Napoles. I just gave them the character and their traits and
things I wanted to hear from their dialogue and they just ran with it. I respect actors a lot and give them
a lot of leeway to create as long as it fits the life of the film. Most actors and directors never get a
chance to be experimental in their craft so you do it the first time you get a chance. And they all did a
wonderful job. It was a very dark and bloody shoot but it was the most fun I’ve had on a set. No matter
how hard it was to think of a line of the spot, they dug deep down and found it. These actors really
deserve more accolades from the mainstream.”

ON GLORIA SEVILLA.
“I don’t get intimidated especially not in the film industry but it was very difficult for me to give instructions to Mommy Glo when she first arrived on the set. She’s on a different plain as an actress and
I know where I stood in regards to experience. But she cracked a joke before we started and that melted
all the anxieties I had with working with her. And I think she knew how I was feeling and she did that
on purpose for my benefit. I didn’t really have to tell her much except what the character was about and
I just sat back and enjoyed her eerie performance like everyone else.”

ON THE CINEMALAYA DIALOGUE
“People asked my why I didn’t speak out after the controversy of the uploading. It’s because I rabble
rouse in a different way and it was already getting out of hand. They told us about their plans and they
announced it during the filmmaker reunion. The outcry should have happened there and we would have
saved a lot of anger and grief.
I went into the dialogue wanting to hear solutions but there’s still a lot of hurt from the filmmakers and
it was evident in the meeting. It was combative most times and rightfully so. Anything worth saving is
worth fighting for and being mad about.
The blame goes both ways. While I understand my contract and Cinemalaya was within their rights to
do what they did and I even truly understand why they did it, they just went about it the wrong way.
The dialogue should have happened prior and not after. On the other side, some of the bashing and
name calling coming from the filmmakers should have been tempered down although emotions are the
last thing you have control over. We are all in this together whether we like it or not. The festival is not
a money machine and most of the films don’t turn a profit and right now the festival is fighting for its
life.
For better or for worse, Cinemalaya has contributed a lot to the industry and to careers. I had some of
the best time in my life at the festival last year. I wanted to come out of the dialogue with ideas and
solutions for the future and while there were some bandied about, it was more putting the raw emotions
on the table. I hope a second dialogue happens because it would surely be more productive. So is there
a Cinemalaya 2015? Personally I highly doubt it and we are all the poorer for it.”

SSSIP’S AWE BLOG’S “WHITE HORSES OF 2014” (and they choose on white horses, don’t they?)

 

White horse (mythology)

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The 3,000-year-old Uffington White Horse hill figure in England.

White horses¬†(which are¬†rarer¬†than other colours of¬†horse) have a special significance in the¬†mythologies¬†of cultures around the world. They are often associated with the¬†sun chariot,¬†with warrior-heroes, with fertility (in both¬†mare¬†and¬†stallion¬†manifestations), or with an¬†end-of-time¬†saviour, but other interpretations exist as well. Both truly¬†white horses¬†and the more common¬†grey horses, with completely white hair coats, were identified as “white” by various religious and cultural traditions. From earliest times white horses have been mythologized as possessing exceptional properties, transcending the normal world by having wings (e.g.¬†Pegasus¬†from Greek mythology), or having horns (theunicorn). As part of its legendary dimension, the white horse in myth may be depicted with seven heads (Uchaishravas) or eight feet (Sleipnir), sometimes in groups or singly. There are also white horses which are divinatory, who prophesy or warn of danger. As a rare or distinguished symbol, a white horse typically bears the hero- or god-figure in ceremonial roles or in triumph over negative forces.¬†Herodotus¬†reported that white horses were held as¬†sacred animalsin the¬†Achaemenid¬†court of¬†Xerxes the Great¬†(ruled 486-465 BC),¬†¬†while in other traditions the reverse happens when it was sacrificed to the gods. In more than one tradition, the white horse carries¬†patron saints¬†or the world saviour in the end times (as in¬†Hinduism,¬†Christianity, and¬†Islam), is associated with the sun or sun chariot (Ossetia) or bursts into existence in a fantastic way, emerging from the sea or a lightning bolt. Though some mythologies are stories from earliest beliefs, other tales, though visionary or metaphorical, are found in liturgical sources as part of preserved, on-going traditions.

cropped-white-horses2.jpg SSSIP SAYS:-) “ 2014 IS THE YEAR OF THE WOODEN HORSE. ¬†AND HORSES SYMBOLIZES MANY PROFOUND THINGS- SO BEAUTIFUL, SO TOWERING, SO APPREHENDING… A HORSE COULD BE A MAN, AND IT COULD ALSO BE A WOMAN. FIGHTERS, BRAVE, FREE… WHAT MORE IF THE COLOR OF THE HORSE IS A WHITE ONE? GREAT!¬† YOU COULD ENVISION THEM AS WARRIORS OF GOODNESS, PEACE, PROSPERITY AND HAS A GREAT LOVE FOR THEIR FAMILY. ‘GOOD ROLE-MODELS’ FOR THE YOUTH AND THE FUTURE GENERATION OF A NATION THAT’S DEVASTATED BY POLITICAL INTRIGUES AND NATURE-BORN CALAMITIES. THEY ARE, WHAT ‘SSSIP’S AWE’ BLOG CALLS AS- THE WHITE HORSES OF 2014!!!

THEY SAID BEFORE- THEY ‘SHOOT’ ON WHITE HORSES, DON’T THEY?¬†BUT NOW, IT’S THE REVERSE. AS GOODNESS AND LOVE WINS, A BLOGGER COULD HEAR WHISPERS OF: THEY ‘CHOOSE’ ON WHITE HORSES, DON’T THEY?

¬†ENJOY AND CHERISH … ‘SSSIP’S AWE’ BLOG’S NEW LIST: THE WHITE HORSES OF 2014!

AND YES AGAIN, THEY ARE THIS BLOG’S PERSONAL CHOICES, NOT TO BE CONTESTED BY ANYONE, OKAY? GO!”

—sssip ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

VICE GANDA
VICE GANDA

1,) VICE GANDA- He proved once and for all that being a gay man is not a hindrance to pursue your dreams. He follows with humility the people behind a network’s decisions on his career. He knows how to say sorry. He admits his weaknesses. And he makes us laugh.

SHARON
SHARON

2.) SHARON CUNETA- A true advocate. She donated 10 million pesos Php. to the victims of Yolanda typhoon. Her kindness melted the hearts of some humble workers in the movie industry.

VINCE
VINCE

3.) VINCE TANADA- “They can never put a good man down”. The true intentions of this man from the theater world, now entering the movie scene, is genuine, pure, honest. He’s here to serve, not to fool.

PAOLO
PAOLO

4.) PAOLO AVELINO- He’s next in line to be among the ranks of Piolo Pascual, Dingdong Dantes and John Lloyd Cruz. Sensitive, powerful, magnetic. Yet, gentle and loving.

TED
TED

5.) TED FAILON- This fierce newscaster surely knows the good side. And he fights for it.

RONALD
RONALD

6.) RONALD ARGUELLES- He is determined to help aspiring and ¬†new independent film makers, through his yearly indie film fest- the Cinema One Originals Digital Fest. He’s not there create more money, but simply to lend a hand.

NORA
NORA

7.) MS. NORA AUNOR- The Superstar is still here to offer her humility and artistry. Her choices of films credits her good name- not in a ‘commercial’ way. She must be the next National Artist for Film.

BRILLANTE
BRILLANTE

8.) BRILLANTE MENDOZA- He’s not quitting and surely, making his way out to continue ¬†conveying messages hidden in his “intellectually-engrossing” films that reflects much of present reality.

ANGELI
ANGELI

9.) ANGELI BAYANI- She could be the next ‘Nora Aunor’- in terms of being small, but great in acting skills. Her style of acting could still further “awe” the international movie scene.

ATO
ATO

10.) ATO BAUTISTA- Many indie film directors envy him- and that’s a FACT. Lot’s of criticisms and intrigues awaits him this year. But his originality and subtle touch in the art of film making is truly magnificent.

CHRIS
CHRIS

11.) CHRISTOPHER AD CASTILLO- More to come this year for this unassuming yet versatile film director. He imparts strong-willed artistry and logical messages via his films.

MAEGAN
MAEGAN

12.) MAEGAN YOUNG- This Miss World titlist is truly an ANGEL. And she will prove her goodness forevermore.

BEMZ
BEMZ

13.) BEMZ BENEDITO- He must go on fighting for LADLAD Partylist, for the sake of the LGBT’s (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders) of the Philippines. And certainly, he will.

RONNIE
RONNIE

14.) RONNIE LIANG- He is a “white horse” in terms of being daring and profound in his new film Esoterica Manila. From a clean-cut male recording artist, his transformation as a daring male actor is very impressive. It only proved his true dedication to the arts.

RAIKKO
RAIKKO

15.) RAIKKO MATEO- The very little “white horse” serves as a good example to kids of his age. He could really be an angel sent to earth, who knows?

KUH
KUH

16.) KUH LEDESMA- Her great concern and moral support to the entertainment scene would surely be not ignored. And now, her crusade to the visual arts scene makes it more exciting!

LOLIT
LOLIT

17.) LOLIT SOLIS- No matter what they say about this veteran talent manager, she’s still, and definitely, a GOOD SOUL.

SOLENN
SOLENN

18.) SOLENN HEUSAFF- Her refreshing beauty, class, good upbringing and social grace makes her a great female “white horse”. And she’s indeed so warm nice.

PMPC MEMBERS
PMPC MEMBERS

19.) THE PHILIPPINE MOVIE PRESS CLUB (PMPC)- This bunch of media entertainment press people serves as an inspiration to the celebrities. Why? Because they are hardworking, casual, simple and unassuming group of people that gives honor and tribute every year to every film, music and TV artists through their PMPC Star Awards.

FANNY SERRANO WITH A BLOGGER
FANNY SERRANO WITH A BLOGGER

20.) FANNY TF SERRANO- He may be the last person on this list, but his love for his family, relatives and friends is ETERNAL. As they say, SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST. And a blogger surely loves him much.

ms. cherie gil plays a SWAT team leader in “THE HARD CORES”, a new film by christopher ad castillo! soon!

ms. cherie gil
ms. cherie gil

“Ms. ¬†Cherie Gil will play the SWAT team leader that will storm the bank to take down the bank robbers in my new film THE HARD CORES”¬†–(by director Christopher Ad Castillo).

cherie gil goes action!
cherie gil goes action!

“Why does it always have to be a man to lead a group of tough guys. I want to turn the tables on this sexist idea and play up the fact that women can carry big guns and lead a male dominated elite squadron. She’s Sigourney Weaver in Aliens. Angelina Jolie in Wanted. Cherie will look good with guns in her hands and talk tough.”—Chris Ad.

chris ad: now preparing for his next "move".
chris ad: now preparing for his next “move”.
chris ad: reversing the old path of traditional filmaking into a wider field
chris ad: reversing the old path of traditional filmaking into a wider field

“The Hard Cores” is about a group of American bank robbers teaming up with a Filipino gang to take down the largest bank in Manila.

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Currently, director Christopher Ad Castillo is in Los Angeles, California to finalize some pre-production matters concerning his next film to be shot in Manila, Philippines. ¬†His film at the last Cinemalaya 2013 was a big success. The young and trendy Hollywood-based filmaker will soon be back home again to his native country- the Philippines- and start shooting “The Hard Cores”. Miss u, papa Chris!

Meanwhile, here’s an additional information from director Castillo:

ellen adarna wows director Castillo
ellen adarna wows director Castillo
“An actress I really want to work with also right now is Ellen Adarna. I really like that smoldering look and there’s just something so rebellious about her. I like her honesty about her past drug use which is very refreshing in this manufactured era of actors.¬†
I’m drawn to people that take risks because I come from the same mold. There’s nothing exciting about being safe. It’s boring and what’s the whole point if you’re not taking chances.
Ellen embodies that type of actor for me…
Ellen will have a different role in my film. I am ‘eyeing’ her as in the role of one of the bank robbers. I hope she agress to do the part.
Cherie Gil isthe Swat team leader. So, Cherie and Ellen will have different roles in my next film!”

A SON REMEMBERS A GREAT DAD (from celsokid castillo III’s own words on how he remembers his dad, the late celso ad castillo…)

 

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Our fathers are the main reasons why our memories becomes vivid, clear and vibrant. They are the reasons why we existed, and why we continue to exist. In the heart of one young boy, a father is all he ever wanted. But when a father has gone somewhere and left us, we have no other choice but to ACCEPT.

Here is one very simple literary piece, written by the youngest son of the late great film director, Celso Ad Castillo. It will touch your hearts, the same way it did touch mine. My tears fell as I read it. And I suddenly miss my friend- direk Celso.

Wherever you are now, direk Celso, I offer these great loving words of your son to you. The words written below were precisely his words, direk Celso. Read below now! (by sssip).

the late celso ad castillo: a father first, then a husband, being a director comes-in third, and being a friend- is the fourth.
the late celso ad castillo: a father first, then a husband, being a director comes-in third, and being a friend- is the fourth.
A CHARCOAL PAINTING OD THE LATE GREAT FILIPINO FILM DIRECTOR- CELSO AD CASTILLO, AS DRAWN BY HIS YOUNGEST SON, CELSOKID CASTILLO III.
A CHARCOAL PAINTING OF THE LATE GREAT FILIPINO FILM DIRECTOR- CELSO AD CASTILLO, AS DRAWN BY HIS YOUNGEST SON, CELSOKID CASTILLO III.
celsokid castillo III: looks up... for his dad.
celsokid castillo III: looks up… for his dad.

Thoughts on Celso Advento Castillo:¬†“A SON REMEMBERS A GREAT DAD (from celsokid castillo III’s own words on how he remembers his dad, the late celso ad castillo…)”

 

The only memories that I remember nu’ng bata pa ako ay nu’ng nakatira pa kami sa Antipolo, sa Town and Country Subdivision… Sa mga panahon na ‘yun masaya talaga maging bata, lalo na kapag kasama mo sina Papa at Mama…Tanda ko pa nu’n, ang ‘pag papabili ko ng laruan kay Papa kada umuuwi siya galing ng shooting ng movie niya… May mga oras na nag-aaway kami ng kuya ko, siyempre, si Papa ang taga-settle…. Isa sa mga karanasang hindi ko malilimutan ay nu’ng pinagbintangan ako ni kuya Amir ko na ako raw ang sumunog sa kama namin… Ayan, napalo kami sa puwet, hahaha!… Alam kasi namin na iba magalit nu’n si papa…. Sa tuwing nauwi nga ‘yun ng lasing ay magkadikit kami ni kuya sa isang sulok nakatulukbong ng kumot…. Hanggang sa lumipat na kami sa Kingsville Subdivision sa Antipolo pa din…. May mga pagkakataon na tinatakot kami ni Papa gamit ang isang maskara na ang design ay kapreng puti na kulay, ¬†eh di takbo kami lagi kay Mama…. Tapos pagsasabihan ni Mama si Papa… Sabay tatawa na lang si Papa. Haha! Lakas trip, eh…

Lumipas ang ilang taon lumipat na kami sa Laguna, sa Siniloan na kung tawagin pa minsan ni Papa ay- “Small fucking town!” ¬†Haha… Dahil na din sa laging pag-brownout sa lugar namin na ‘yun. Haha….

Grabe talaga, napakasaya ko kapag kapiling ko si Papa… ¬†Kapag may katanungan ako sa sa kanya tungkol sa pag-aaral ko nu’ng highschool pa ako ay nasasagot niya lagi… He is a Great Father and a Great Teacher!

Napaka-generous din talaga ni Papa dahil sa dami-dami ng mga aklat dito sa bahay, ni hindi ko mabilang sa dami, nabasa na niya lahat!… Talagang napakahusay ni Papa sa larangan ng sining at pelikula…. Siyempre talented si Papa sa sports at musika…. Sa kanya ko natutunan ang mga talent ko ngayon sa pagtugtog ng gitara, pagguhit at pag pinta…. Pati sa pagsulat ng nobela, pag lalaro ng basketball, billiard, tennis at marami pa bang iba.

Higit sa mami-miss kong makita ay ang mga ngiti niya at pagpapatawa… Madalas niya akong mapatawa! ¬†Hahaha… Naging pasaway man ako sa kanya, mahal na mahal ko naman siya…. Siya ang nagbibigay-kulay sa Pasko at Bagong Taon namin…. Sad to say hindi na namin siya makakasama ngayon Pasko at Bagong Taon…. Pero siguro naman, okey na din kami ngayong Pasko dahil tanggap na namin na kasama na niya si God…. He will enter the kingdom of God, I am sure of that!… I LOVE YOU DAD!

 

(WRITTEN BY CELSOKID L. CASTILLO III, “Celsokid¬†Castle”)

celso's kid!
celso’s kid!
the very mabait & loving wife of the late celso ad: mrs. ofhelia castillo
the very mabait & loving wife of the late celso ad: mrs. ofhelia castillo
direk celso: a smile from heaven
direk celso: a smile from heaven
celso kid, jr. joins his older step brother, direk christopher ad castillo at the cinemalaya events a few months ago, as he mingles with the likes of vilma santos and other film celebrities.
celso kid, jr. joins his older step brother, director christopher ad castillo at the cinemalaya events a few months ago, as he mingles with the likes of vilma santos and other film celebrities.

director mac alejandre on having a great company with the movies!

Imagedirector mac alejandre in europe: with ice cold beer and tuna sashimi inside a bar while remiscing “burlesk queen”.

 

Alone in a bar thinking movies. I remember I used to save up on my allowance so I can watch movies on weekends. Sometimes , I don’t save enough, so I’d give up eating a meal in school so I can watch a film. Or at Christmastime, I anxiously look forward to my relatives’ cash gifts and watch as many MMFF movies my money can afford. One such movie that greatly influenced me is a Celso Ad Castillo masterpiece called BURLESK QUEEN. It is a daring period piece that tells the story of an ageing burlesk dancer , her alalay and the soon to be burlesk queen, a self righteous bedridden father, a good for nothing boyfriend, a theatre impresario and many more peripheral characters set in the dying days of vaudeville at election time in the 50’s. Castillo is a genius. He captures an era and its characters in a spiraling story of morality and change in images that only he can create. The movie tells various tales but focus on the descent of an innocent woman (played brilliantly by Vilma Santos) whose desire to love and serve traps her in an emotional quagmire and ends in a 17 minute burlesk dance of death as the crowd unwittingly scream for more. BURLESK QUEEN is is one great metaphor, but it also is filled with whimsical brilliance that even after over 30 years, the film’s images are stuck in my heart and mind. This was the late 70’s and this film , to me , defined Vilma Santos as an actress, raw, powerful, sensitive. Weeks ago, I watched Jeffrey Jeturian’s EKSTRA, a film created with sensitivity, humor and pathos. I’ve always admired Jeturian’s works. His TUHOG and PILA BALDE are masterpieces. In EKSTRA , he skillfully traverses a story laden with emotional traps and wittingly focuses on simple dreams and the heart of ordinary people. And he succeeds. And the raw power that Vilma Santos had in BURLESK QUEEN is now even more powerful in its refinement, precision, and generosity . I’m still alone in a bar. But thinking good movies is like having great company. Having ice cold beer and tuna sashimi are a bonus.

ImageImageImageImagethe late great film director celso ad castillo, vilma santos in “burlesk queen” (a filipino film classic), director jeffrey jetturian and “ekstra”, the movie (THEY ALL MAKE GOOD COMPANY TO DIRECTOR MAC ALEJANDRE).

 

diplomat hotel, the review: a journey into the darkest phantoms of your mind…

Imagethe eerie diplomat hotel

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Imagegretchen follows instructions with direk chris in “diplomat hotel”

 

As actor Abe Pagtama said on his brief speech before the start of the screening of Diplomat Hotel at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines: “Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a bumpy night!”

We guessed, he’s right.

It was indeed a bumpy and horrifying night, watching Diplomat Hotel. It gave this blogger scary goose bumps and screams, added with a feeling of being entertained AWESOMELY AND INTELLECTUALLY.

Yes, Diplomat Hotel didn’t simply want to scare- it meant to dig, to investigate and to wander more as to why a dark journey ended sadly, tragically, dramatically.

As the movie started, you would know, but with director Christopher Ad Castillo’s original style of ‘holding’ you suspenseful and catching your breath in every important scene, he successfully created a horror film that would not turn you DOWN, but rather, turn you HIGH.

Director Ad Castillo definitely had the ‘eye’. The vision. The true blood of a genuine film artist. This could be his first film, but this blogger was so amazed with how he handled a popular scary hotel and its high expectations of bringing it back to LIFE, notwithstanding the dark shadows that haunted it.

The film didn’t reveal in DEFENSE. Didn’t explain why. Didn’t turn in many circles of explanations and ‘wonders’. It had no pretense. It simply SHOWED.

Added with an excellent technical staff, good sound, new wave dark music, and a fantastic editing- …. it achieved its GOAL.

One more thing, this film journeyed on its own. It simply wanted to present a dark ride, a deeper look into a lost soul, and loved ones that didn’t have to die.

Imagemon confiado in “diplomat hotel”

Mon Confiado offered another new acting style and dimension in this movie. 

Sarah Gaulger was a refreshing talent here, and she delivered.

Abe Pagtama surely did a lot of justice in his brief appearance at the start of the film.

Art Acuna was so intense and aggravating.

Nico Antonio acted it out with ‘angst’.

But it was Gretchen Barretto who stood out. She was perfect for the role. She acted in subtlety, with great depth and precision. Indeed, fascinating.

Diplomat Hotel would take you into a journey. Into the darkest phantoms of your mind. 

Come, take a ride. Be thrilled. Be horrified.

AND GET THE BEST SCREAM OF YOUR LIFE.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

si mon confiado at ang kanyang mahiwagang karakter sa “diplomat hotel”….

Imagediplomat hotel’s skeds at cinemalaya fest

Imagemon with direk chris, actor abe pagtama and fans at the first screening of “diplomat hotel”. photo by: dsweetspot.blogspot.com

 

 

mon: the chameleon
mon: the chameleon

Marami talaga ang humahanga kay Mon Confiado pagdating sa kanyang iba’t-ibang “characterizations” sa pelikula. Para siyang isang “chameleon”. Nag-iiba-iba ng anyo, looks at kulay. Nag-iiba ang personalidad, depende sa kung ano’ng klase ng role o demands na hinihingi sa kanya.

Sa trailer ng pelikulang “Diplomat Hotel”, isa sa mga New Breed film entries sa Cinemalaya 2013 fest, makikita roon ang kakaibang anyo ni Mon, payat at haggard-looking. Tila isang Hollywood actor ang dating.

Sadyang nagpa-payat ng husto si Mon para sa pelikulang iyon. Misteryoso at mahiwaga ang papel na ginampanan niya sa nasabing pelikula. Tuklasin ito at panoorin sa mga line-up of schedules ng nasabing pelikula sa Cinemalaya 2013 (naka-attach ang schedules na ‘yun sa isang litrato sa ibaba)…

Aside from Mon, kasama rin sa pelikula si Ms. Gretchen Barretto na balitang marami rin ang pinahanga sa galing ng kanyang performance dito (nagkaroon na ng first screening ang said movie sa Greenbelt cinemas). Nariyan din sina Art Acuna, Sarah Gaulger, at iba pa.

Ang “Diplomat Hotel” ang unang indie film ni direk Chris Ad Castillo, anak ng yumaong si direk Celso Ad Castillo.

“It’s so nakaka-suspenseeee!”, tili ng isang blogger na nakapanood na sa pelikula. “Sobrang natakot ang beauty ko. Pero ang galing-galing talaga ni Mon Confiado sa movie na ‘to, at hanga ako sa direksyon ni Chris Ad Castillo. Panalo ang movie!”

Many are saying, baka ito raw “Diplomat Hotel” ang maging biggest-earner sa lahat ng Cinemalaya film entries. We also think so. May commercial appeal kasi ang movie. Malaki ang posibilidad na mai-showing din ito commercially soon at makakuha ng major distributors.

Goodluck, team “Diplomat Hotel”! Go Cinemalaya fest! Gooo!!!

 

(sinulat ni robert manuguid silverio)

Imagegretchen creates stir.

Imagedirek chris, sarah and mon

Imagemon at cinemalaya 2013 opening night. photo by: erickson dela cruz