“OMG!!!! My first international film nomination. THANK YOU so much Madrid International Film Festival! GRABE I’m so thrilled and honored to be nominated along w/ some of the industry’s best actors such as Vilma Santos and Cherie Gil makes me feel very proud! Thank you lord for making this happen Congrats to us (me and my sister Brigitte) and the Team #GeminiFilm! See you Madrid Spain!🇪🇸God is really great!”–SHEENA MCBRIDE’s Facebook Status
FROM SSSIP 🙂
“GOOD LUCK, SHEENA AND BRIGITTE! BRING HOME THE BACON!”
Napanood namin ang kambal na Sheena at Brigitte Mcbride nu’ng magkaroon ng premiere night ang pelikulang Gemini nila sa Greenbelt Cinema 1. Ito ay bago pa idaos ang nagdaang Metro Manila Film Festival (na isa sa pinaka-successful pero pinaka-kontrobersyal na MMFF ever!). Inilaban kasi ang nasabing pelikula sa New Wave Category ng nasabing film fest, at sina Sheena at Brigitte ay naging matunog na matunog nu’ng awards night ng festival, marami ang nag-akalang sila ang mananalo ng Best Actress award. Kaya lamang, natalo sila ni Zsazsa Padilla.
“Pero iyon pong mapansin ka lang at ma-consider na tight contender sa nasabing Best Actress award, enough na po sa amin ni Brigitte ‘yun”, bungad na reaksyon ni Sheena, isa sa mga kambal nang maungkat ng isang blogger ang magandang naging feedback sa acting nila. “Imagine po, si Zsazsa Padilla ang nakalaban namin. Wow! ‘Yun lang ay masaya na talaga kami.”
Bilang mga baguhang mga aktres, sa palagay ng isang blogger ay pasadong-pasado sina Sheena at Brigitte. Napakahirap nu’ng mga papel na ginampanan nila, and to think, first movie pa lamang nila ‘yun! Pero, hayun nga, nagampanan nilang pareho ng “may puso at kaluluwa”. Kuhang-kuha nilang mag-kambal ang “angst” and pains ng mga characters na nai-portray nila sa suspense-filled with touches of a psycho-drama genre- ang movie na Gemini.
“We watched ten psycho-thriller films before we shot Gemini“, kuwento pa ni Brigitte. “Dun namin natutuhan kung pa’nong attack ang gagawin namin sa aming mga characters. Kaya nu’ng nagsu-shoot na kami, alam ko na agad kung ano’ng klaseng pagka-baliw ang gagawin namin. Pati na mga nuances sa acting namin.”
Magkakaroon ng theatrical release ang pelikulang Gemini early this year. Inaayos nang maige ni Mrs. Carol Mcbride ang date of release nila. Kaya muling mapapanood ang pelikula sa mga malalaking sinehan. Hindi man ito nanalo ng award sa New Wave Category ng nagdaang MMFF, panalo naman ang nasabing pelikula sa mga kritikong nakapanood na nito. It’s a highly-intellectual film at napakagaling ng screenplay, pati na direksyon at performances ng mga artistang kasama rito like Mon Confiado, Lance Raymundo and Alvin Anson na may mga mahahalagang papel sa pelikula.
Kaya naman asahan nating makikita pa natin ng husto ang pagkinang ng pagka-bituin ng kambal na Sheena at Brigitte.
“Actually, ako talaga ang nag-encourage sa sis kong si Brigitte na mag-artista, ako kasi talaga ang may hilig, eh,” muling sabi ni Brigitte. “I convinced her a lot at buti na lang ay napa-payag ko siya nu’ng magkaroon ng audition call for the film. My sister cooperated naman and we didn’t feel sorry at all dahil nakagawa agad kami ng isang movie na maipagmamalaki namin.”
Ano naman ang masasabi ni Sheena sa direktor niya ditong si Ato Bautista?
“Nu’ng unang shooting day namin ay talaga pong kinabahan ako”, sagot ni Sheena. “Sabi ko kay direk Ato- ‘direk, kinakabahan ako pero excited at the same time’. Pero na-motivate agad ako ni direk. Sabi niya, basta isipin ko raw, six years akong nawala kasi ganun ang character ko sa pelikula. Kaya nung nagsu-shooting na kami, feel ko na ako nga si Julia, yung character na ginampanan ko.”
Samantala, pagsalitain naman natin ang ka-kambal ni Sheena na si Brigitte Mcbride:
“Si direk Ato, pagdating sa work, sobrang naka-focus siya talaga”, sey ni Brigitte. “He’s very genius. Kaya pag nagsu-shooting na kami, walang maingay dapat. Tahimik dapat ang lahat. kaya na-discipline kaming lahat ni direk.”
At ang character na ginampanan ni Brigitte sa pelikula ay kakaibang-kakaiba talaga sa totoong karakter niya sa buhay.
“In real life po kasi, ako ‘yung carefree at masayahin na tao, na taliwas dun sa character ko sa film na conservative at mas gustong naka-kulong lang”, anya. “Si ate Sheena ang serious sa totoong buhay. Siya rin ang strikto. Kaya du’n sa movie, opposite talaga sa tunay na pag-uugali namin ang aming ginampanan.”
Malayo ang mararating ng kambal na ito sa daigdig ng pelikula. Basta magtuloy-tuloy lang sila at mas maging determinado pa, hindi malayong sila na ang susunod sa mga yapak nina Toni Gonzaga at Alex Gonzaga na magkapatid, pero sina Sheena at Brigitte naman, kambal.
Ang unang pelikula nilang Gemini ay tunay ngang dapat na ipagmalaki nila, dahil para sa isang blogger, ito ang pinakamagandang pelikulang napanood niya sa taong 2014, pumapangalawa lamang ang pelikulang Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.
“Habang naniniwala ka sa nakikita mo, sa kuwento mo, walang puwedeng magsabi sa iyong hindi ito totoo… Simulan natin sa pangalan mo (While you still believe in what you see, in your own story, no one has the right to tell you that it isn’t true… Let’s start with your name).”
The mind creates, it takes you to journeys, in life’s many labyrinths and puzzles… Sometimes, once you took those journeys, you’ll never gonna come back again. And very seldom, you can manage to cope those mind’s journeys and go back all over again.
In LOVE and FANTASY:
Only a soul or a human being with a great and powerful love can save you from the bondage of your own “phantoms”. There’s a hand reaching out on you, a love as powerful God’s grace and sacrifice, that will awaken you and cuddle you with coldness and with warmth.
It could be a FANTASY recreated by human beings. It could be a work of certain imaginations… but only then, you would be FREE.
Science, Love, Fantasy. All combined in one very delicate and intellectual film, that only a few could analyze and comprehend- just like the DUALITY that existed in the film Gemini.
Once more, the indie film industry has mastered its freedom away from commercialism. It went further beyond the horizons, traveled in and out of a mind set- and fulfilled an artistic work of ART.
Director Ato Bautista surely got there. The flow and the rhythm of the movie Gemini could be more appreciated when you close your eyes because you could feel its heart beating and pulsing, even if you’re gone and dead. To achieve this was such a monumental task- because you could feel the beauty of the film Gemini even if you didn’t see anything, even if you were blind- because what you didn’t see won’t ever hurt you.
Sometimes, the movie just stood still (as in “still life”), but even when it stood still- it journeyed far beyond your wildest imaginations.
But you would want to open your eyes again to see how the lead actor of this film- in person of Mon Confiado- acted-out with great subtlety, power and compassion. His speaking lines in the film were all too perfect, and very challenging to deliver. And only an actor like Mon could do justice on those very meaningful lines.
A very underrated actor, that is, Mon, was the one who brought life into this film. Despite the director’s very artistic rhythm and flow and the cinematographer’s graphic but beautiful “eyes” (for the camera)- someone had to stay to make it all ALIVE. And, only the ACTOR, could very well do that.
Surprisingly, the scriptwriter of this film was only just a KID. With the name of Shugo Praico. How could he ever travel so much in terms of psyche, love and conflicting feelings and versions of a marvel-like life by one set of twins- whether conjoined or not- was indeed a fantastic mission and assignment. But he delivered.
The ending of the film’s story was a mixture of science winning over love, but if you’d analyze it all over again, it was love who prepared the WAY to make Science win.
The other half twin was gone in the mind of the more natural twin-mate, but the more that the other half twin EXISTED … and lived. Yet, in the film, it was presented only in a VERY PHYSICAL WAY. Just analyze further, you’d know.
AND THE OLD TELEPHONE MACHINE RANG.
Someone would be calling again… but you’d never see who’s on the other line.
it was meant to be that way…
as the truth suffers, the eyes lingers on.
“GEMINI: WHAT YOU DON’T SEE WON’T HURT YOU”
(A Film Review By Robert Manuguid Silverio, written outside the journeys of his “book of love”, dated: December 18, 2014).
“GEMINI”, 5 STARS *****!
(from robert manuguid silverio’s facebook status, reprinted below):
A MILESTONE! Mon Confiado’s superb and very subtle acting performance in the movie Gemini is comparable to the acting styles of Hollywood actors like Nicholas Cage, Robert de Niro and Benicio del Toro (actors who can do character roles and lead roles at the same time, with much intensity and clarity)… Napaka-low key lang kasi ni Mon dito movie industry natin, lagi siyang nano-nominate sa mga acting awards pero bakit tila mailap yata ang acting trophy sa kanya? Ang dating tuloy niya ay tila Richard Burton sa Hollywood na more than 9 times na-nominate as best actor sa oscar awards, but never nanalo? Kainis. Watch another splendid performance of Mon sa “Gemini” movie niya na entry sa darating na MMFF sa New Wave category. It’s the kind of acting I have hungered for in years!!!… P.S.: Kudos to direk Ato Bautista for his very artistic kind of direction and story, Shugo Praico for a superb script and Rain Yamson II for his majestic cinematography… In this film, ibang Lance Raymundo na naman ang nakita ko, a total change of look and acting style, while the Mcbride twins- Brigitte McBride & Sheena McBride Bonus were good, too, as new actresses, nakuha nila ang “soul” ng characters nila. Maski walang dialogue o speaking words si Don Gordon Bell sa movie, ang lakas ng dating niya onscreen. While ang actor na si Alvin Lorenz Anson naman, kay lakas ng sex appeal sa film na ito!…Congrats to all the people involved in this film!
A veteran Hollywood film actor at that, Don Gordon Bell portrays another unique kind of role in the film Gemini, one of the ‘New Wave’ film entries in this coming 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival.
With countless international movies on his cap, Don embraced the country Philippines and pursued, rather, continued his acting career here. Alongside acting is his passion for Photography, that’s why he’s now deep into taking pictures at different entertainment events in the Philippines.
The film Gemini is his one remarkable film for him. Because he’s so happy to star here opposite his real-life Filipino friends – actors Mon Confiado and Lance Raymundo, also with the director of the film Ato Bautista.
“Both Mon and Lance knew I was a war veteran in Vietnam”, Don told a blogger one time. “That’s why they were both impressed. And I admire them both as actors.”
Don portrayed the role of a father of psychollogically-disturbed twins in the movie Gemini. But there’s something more in his role here.
“That’s going to be a surprise and I won’t reveal it”, Don said. “Better watch the movie as its shown on December 25th for the Metro Manila film fest. It’s on the New Wave category. See u then.”