Two local films will also see the light of the 22nd BiFan—the 13th Cinemalaya entry, “Respeto” which top bills Filipino hip hop superstar Abra about the Filp Tops and rap music culture in the Philippines and directed by Treb Montreras II and a new release, Viva Entertainment’s “Buy-Bust” which stars Anne Curtis and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champ Brandon Vera about the drug menace in the country and directed by Erik Matti.
In the Bucheon Industry Gathering or B.I.G.’s “Made in Asia,” the three leading commercial successes at the tills to be presented in this year’s BiFan are Star Cinema’s “Gandarapiddo: The Revenger Squad” which showcases Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal; “My Ex and Whys” which headlines Liza Zoberano and Enrique Gil directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and Spring Films’ “Kita Kita” which features the Alempoy tandem Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez directed by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo.
“Respeto” will vie for a plum at the Bucheon Choice while “Buy-Bust” will enjoy a very special screening in the BIFFF, one of the major world film events.
We are truly proud of the Filipino films that attract foreign audiences and get acts together to support our homegrown talents. After the 2018 Shanghai International Film Festival, one of the top-tier film fests in the world, “Respeto” will surprise the Korean film enthusiasts about the hip hop culture among the Filipino youth.
Abra, the main character in the film, his role reflects the current traits of the Filipino young generation—carefree, inquisitive, angry, interactive, rebellious, free, dissenting etc. The persona of the protagonist is quite apart from the real self of Abra. “Parang kontrabida-bida ako sa ‘Respeto’ (I am like a hero-anti-hero in the film),” quipped Abra, a very youthful and gentle man contrary to his image of a thug.
His consistency and probing characterization as a hip hop teener made Abra win the Best Actor winner in the recently concluded Urian Award of the prestigious Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, a group of credible film critics and historians.
As the film is going around the world, it means it is an excellent film because the standards of international film fests are high and quality.
We hope “Respeto” brings home the bacon from BiFan.
Matti’s “Buy-Bust” is also a fare worth waiting and seeing because of the grittiness of the material and its action-packed execution. Anne for the first time has glamorized herself as an undercover narco agent while her leading man, the brawn and mixed martial artist Brandon as a fighter is the most inspiring action star here and abroad.
Will Erik’s masterpiece arrest the attention of Koreans and other movie buffs in BiFan?
There will be symposia at the 22nd BiFan and the Philippine cinema will be one of the subjects worth analyzing.
BiFan 2018 runs until the 22nd of July.