Thursday, August 23, 2007

Three queens of Philippine indie cinema

Irma Adlawan, Gina Pareno and Cherry Pie Picache in one room, talking about their experiences as the actresses du jour of local indie cinema? It's a casting coup of sorts, one that Inquirer Entertainment achieved last week with its “Indie Roundtable Talks” held at our office.

The other guests included Jim Libiran (fresh from the Best-Picture triumph of “Tribu” in the third Cinemalaya Film Festival), Aureus Solito of “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” fame, and Gene Cajayon (director of the Fil-American film, “The Debut”). They had compelling stories to tell about their own artistic journeys, but the three actresses in the room easily commanded the evening with their sparkling, articulate and often self-deprecating observations about their work in both mainstream and digital movies.

You can read the transcript of their brief remarks in yesterday's paper. Or you can watch the videos below, because the three stars are even more hilarious and engaging in their unedited glory, especially Ms. Pareno who was a riot.

(Boo to the cameraman--me--for the herky-jerky shots! Lesson learned: Ang hirap pala without a tripod, shet.)

Cherry Pie Picache
Money quote: “In my experience with [Brillante Mendoza's] ‘Foster Child,’ all the things I've learned in my 17 years in the business, lahat tinapon ko because I should not be conscious of anything. You have to go back to zero. On the third day, niloloko ko na ang director ko, ‘di ko na pala kailangang umarte kasi puro likod ko naman ang kinukunan mo!’”

Irma Adlawan
Money quote: “The biggest role that was given me was in Jeffrey Jeturian’s ‘Tuhog.’ Jeffrey is a friend. Production designer at art director pa lang siya, kilala ko na siya. Nung maging direktor na, sabi niya, ‘Gusto kitang kunin. Eto ’yung role.’ Nu’ng nakita ko, sabi ko, ‘Jeffrey, ang laki nung role! Regal [Films] ito!’ ‘Oo nga,’ sabi niya. ‘Makikita ni Mother [Lily] 'to, sabi ko.’ ‘Huwag kang mag-alala, hindi nagbabasa ng script si Mother!’”

Gina Pareno
Money quote: “Can you imagine sa edad kong ito, naging bida pa ako? Hahaha! Pero alam ko isang beses lang mangyayari ‘yon, pagkatapos nun pack-up na ako... Diyos ko ’Day, sana nung bata-bata pa ako ginawa na ang indie! Sana meron na nito noong araw pa!


Tony said...

Where was Jaclyn Jose?

I have to agree, these three gals are really really a riot! There is always something raw about them that makes for great cinema.

RiA said...

ms. irma is very inspiring and her views on the difference between theater and film was very well said. Sa teatro, star sila pero sa pelikula extra...i realized it when i had my ojt in one film, lahat ng prod staff was for the artista, inaasikaso and all pero ako lang ung parang guston g makipagusap kay angeli bayani. I even asked Mailes Kanapi if i can take picture with her when she was part of one sequence. Mabuhay sila!

niki said...

those three women kick ass, they're the real deal.

we need more films with substance with people like them in it to revive (what is left) of the philippine film industry. mabuhay sila, indeed! =)

gibbs cadiz said...

TONY, uhm, you're right, jaclyn jose should have been here too. :)

RIA, mabuhay ka, for recognizing the likes of angeli and mailes. those actresses will run rings around our starlets any time! :)

NIKI, thanks for your comment. agree, agree! :)

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