Ekstra opens in cinemas on 14 August 2013.
Instant Mommy opens on 28 August 2013.
Sana Dati opens on 25 September 2013.
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No one can ever say that we choose half-measures. When we said we loved Sana Dati, we meant we would go to the mattresses for it (and that includes mixing up Breaking Bad and Godfather references).
We’ve just spent the last 48 hours geeking out on Jerrold Tarog’s anti-romcom. On Saturday we did a podcast with its maker. On Sunday we got up early to go to Alabang Town Center and watch it again. And then we had merienda at Juan’s house and talked our friends’ ears off about the movie. Then Ricky decided to blow off his evening appointment so we could attend the Cinemalaya awards night at CCP. Where we were astonished to find that the jury agreed with us (because this never happens).
In the Directors’ Showcase, the awards for Sound Design, Musical Score and Editing went to Jerrold Tarog (and his pseudonyms Roger TJ Ladro and Pats R. Ranyo) for Sana Dati. The Production Design award went to Ericson Navarro and the Cinematography award to Mackie Galvez for Sana Dati. TJ Trinidad won the Best Supporting Award for his heartbreaking portrayal as the other guy in Sana Dati.
The only movie standing in the way of a Sana Dati sweep was Ekstra. We’re very pleased for our friend Jeffrey Jeturian, who won the Best Screenplay award (with Zig Dulay and Antoinette Jadaone) for his very first attempt at writing. Ekstra also won the Jury Prize and the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) prize. The jury opted not to hand out a Best Actor award. Ruby Ruiz as the harried talent coordinator in Ekstra bagged the Best Supporting Actress prize, and Vilma Santos won Best Actress in her first indie outing. Ate Vi could not attend the CEremony; if she had appeared, our eardrums would’ve liquefied from the cheering. Ekstra opens in theatres on August 14—you have to see it.
Best Director went to Jerrold Tarog and Best Film to Sana Dati. We hope that GMA Network, which saved the production at the last minute by buying the broadcast rights (Thank You!), will give it a theatrical run.
In the New Breed section, Transit by Hannah Espia (which we haven’t seen because we couldn’t get tickets) also managed a near-sweep, bagging the Best Film, Direction, Cinematography, Actress (Irma Adlawan), and Supporting Actress (Jasmine Curtis-Smith) awards, among others.
Best Supporting Actor went to Joey Paras for Babagwa, and Best Actor to Mimi Juareza for Quick Change. If we’re not mistaken, this is the first time a transgender has won a major acting award here. Shouldn’t Mimi be in the Best Actress category though? In any case she was brilliant in Quick Change, and we were moved by her genuine shock and emotion at hearing her name called.
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One of the sources.
Jerrold Tarog wrote his first screenplay Sana Dati in 2006, and over the years he pitched it to a lot of producers. Nothing happened. In the meantime he made six feature films. In 2013 Sana Dati was accepted in the Directors’ Showcase at Cinemalaya, and he still couldn’t find the funds to shoot it. Just as he was about to quit, a producer appeared. Listen to the back story of Sana Dati in our podcast interview, along with tips on how to prevent overacting and questions he never wants to be asked again.
Our interview with Jerrold Tarog in the not-quite weekly podcast. Listen, download, or get it on iTunes.