Monday, November 4, 2013

Sapi by Director Brillante Mendoza : A Possession That Will Boggle Your Minds

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Award-winning Director Brillante Mendoza was recently conferred by the Ministry of Culture of France with the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and most notable distinction of being the only Filipino director to win the Best Director trophy at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2009 for Kinatay (that starred Coco Martin).

Today, he has his latest film entitled "Sapi" (Possession) that alreasy world premiered at the A-List Toronto international Film Festival, next in Sitges, Spain and Busan Intl Film Festival both this 1st week of October per below Poster’s initial list of Laurels.

The Philippine Premiere of "Sapi" will be on November 6, 2013 in SM Megamall Theater, 6 PM with its week-long theatrical releases to follow.

“Sapi” is basically a horror film about a paranormal phenomenon of demonic possession intertwined in the TV Networks war of being the Number 1. This paranormal occurrence has created widespread fear and curiosity.

I was invited to the special screening night of the movie “Sapi” last October 23, 2013 6pm at Solar Century Tower 12th Floor, 100 Tordesillas Corner Hv Dela costa Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Director Brillante Mendoza was there to provide interview sessions for the media and stayed on for the Question and Answer portion after the movie.

"It's a story between the two rival station in the Philippines, the Philippine Broadcasting Channel (PBC) eating up audience share, Sarimanok Broadcasting Network (SBN) is desperate to find a way to toast its plunging rating. It hopes documenting an actual spirit possession could be the breakthrough.
The search for any incident of spiritual possession however becomes so elusive to Meryll Flores (Meryll Soriano),a TV Executive producer who is a trainee. Under intense pressure, she retorts to making a secret deal with Baron Valdez (Baron Geisler), a cameraman of the rival network PBC. She acquires from him footage of a possession and beats PBC to air it on SBN.

The supposed turning point in Meryll's career however spirals into an exorsing reality that mirrors the political system governing the TV Network."

Without sharing any spoilers, all I can say about the movie is that it is not what it seems to be. There were a lot of "representations" of reality that were shared through a horror movie format.

You'll be surprised to know what you are really afraid of ...."Anung Kinakatakutan Mo?"

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