“Emir,” an original Filipino movie musical directed by Chito S. Roño and produced by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, in association with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), opens in theaters nationwide on June 9.
“Emir” tells the story of Amelia, a Filipina from Ilocos, who decides to work abroad to help her family. She takes care of the Sheik’s wife who is about to give birth, and later acts as nanny to the newborn Ahmed, the Sheik’s eldest son. Amelia sees Ahmed growing up and, in the process, introduces him to the culture, values and language of the Philippines. She becomes a second mother to the young prince and will sacrifice everything to protect him.
Inspired by true events--the Gulf war and an actual Middle Eastern crowned prince who speaks fluent Tagalog and Ilocano--the story of “Emir” is an inspirational one, revealing the triumphant and resilient side of OFWs.
In the artistic team, all handpicked by Roño, are Palanca award winner Jerry Gracio as writer; Neil Daza as director of photography; Gary Granada, Vin and Ebe Dancel and Diwa de Leon as composers; with musical direction and arrangements by Chino Toledo (with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra), lyrics by Granada, Gracio and Rody Vera; choreography by Douglas Nierras; production design by Digo Ricio and editing by Jerrold Tarog.
The cast is headed by “Who will be the Next Big Star?” winner Frencheska Farr in her film debut. Joining her are fresh new talents as well as TV, film and theater actors such as Sid Lucero, Julia Clarete, Jhong Hilario, Dulce, Bayang Barrios, Bodjie Pascua, Gigi Escalante, Beverly Salviejo, Liesl Batucan, Melanie Dujunco and Kalila Aguilos.
“Emir” was shot on location in Ilocos Norte, Ifugao Province and the Moroccan cities of Marrakech, Ourzazate and Essaouira. It is also the one of the first Filipino films to use the state-of-the-art RED camera, which finally ends the era of grainy picture quality and introduces high-definition cinema to the Philippine movie industry. The fully-orchestrated movie musical will also be in Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround Sound.
Visit the “Emir” website at www.emirthemovie.com