Its the season of Cinemalaya again and I was able to check most of the trailers from all of the entries. This time, Im going to share you what caught my attention, one of Cinemalaya entry, KASAL topbilled by seasoned actor of Cinemalaya, Arnold Reyes. Who also got his Best Actor recognition last 2009 from his brilliant performance in ASTIG.
Lets watch the trailer first.
Kasal is a slice of life drama of a gay couple whose resolve to stay together is challenged as they attend a wedding. It also is an examination on how a gay couple navigates through the different institutions in Philippine society. Aside from Arnold Reyes, joining the stellar cast is Oliver Aquino (used to be Mhyco), Rita Avila, Maureen Mauricio, Rener Concepcion, Ruby Ruiz, Ron Cieno and Chloe Carpio.
I was able to meet Arnold over lunch and he’s excited to share the final output of the movie they did with the entire team. He as an actor says he always find fulfillment in doing a Cinemalaya films. “Well, hindi ko makakalimutan yung Graceland. Independent film sya pero nagkaroon sya ng commercial screening sa states.(US)Sa Graceland, nakarating kami sa Tribeca then sumunod na year nagkaroon sya ng commercial screening. At ang mgan kaasabay naming iniiscreen mga big moviesl like GI JOE, mabibigat.”
When asked how many love scenes he did for this movie, “Is”a lang. Siguro mga around 5-7 minutes. Dito wala namang frontal pero baka may masilip kayo. Kase parang yung eksenang yon, kinunan sya ng isang frame lang. So kung ano yung makikita nyo, yun na. Wala syang close up or anything. Kasal has daring scenes between Sherwin and Paolo so Direk Jay made sure that the lead actors fully understood what was required of them. “Gusto ni Jay, maging realistic ‘yung scenes namin,” says Arnold.
We asked him if he was able to watch other films such as Lihim Ni Antonio and Lalake Sa Parola. and he shared that the Parola movie was offered to him initially. Arnold is no stranger when it comes to doing indie films. Last year, he appeared in four independent film productions. He shares, “Meron akong FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) project, ‘yung kay Gil Portes, ‘yung Isang Tag Araw ni Twinkle, may dalawang Cinemalaya entries ako last year, ‘yung Purok Siyete and The Liars, and I also did Sitio by Mes de Guzman for Cinema One.”
What interests me on this movie is the kind of portrayal of a non -flamboyant relationship, something that many of them kind can relate.
Wait, Also check this out, A wonderful music video of Kasal. Very promising. Will make you think.. IKAW AT AKO by Johnoy Danao
Arnold has high hopes for Kasal. “Every time pinapanood namin ang playback, natutuwa kami kasi maganda ang pagkaka-execute ng mga scenes. Sana matuwa din ang mga manonood. Sana mapa-isip sila sa buhay nila, sana maapektuhan sila.”
HERE is KASAL SCREENING SCHEDULE
August 2, 2014
03:30 PM | CCP Little Theater (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino)
04:00 PM | Trinoma Cinema 1
August 3, 2014
06:30 PM | Alabang Town Center Cinema 4
06:30 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4
August 4, 2014
03:30 PM | CCP Studio Theater (Tanghalang Huseng Batute)
06:30 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5
06:30 PM | Fairview Terraces Cinema 5
August 5, 2014
04:00 PM | Trinoma Cinema 4
06:15 PM | CCP MKP Hall
09:00 PM | CCP Main Theatre (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo)
August 6, 2014
09:00 PM | Alabang Town Center Cinema 4
09:00 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4
August 7, 2014
04:00 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5
06:30 PM | Trinoma Cinema 1
09:00 PM | CCP MKP Hall
August 8, 2014
10:00 AM | CCP Main Theatre (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo)
09:00 PM | CCP Studio Theater (Tanghalang Huseng Batute)
09:00 PM | Trinoma Cinema 4
For complete screening schedule of ALL Cinemalaya entry, CLICK HERE