Babae sa Septic Tank [Cinemalaya 2011]

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

First of all, let me tell you that this entry would not have materialized had I not gone early to Greenbelt 3 to get tickets for the movie. 'Babae sa Septic Tank' was such a hit that tickets were sold out for the next two days! Fortunately, I got one ticket for a Thursday screening. One quick glance at the ticket lady's screen made me realize that tickets were going to be sold out pretty quickly too.




There are three reasons why this movie can easily be a hit: first, the star is THE Eugene Domingo; second, Chris Martinez wrote the story; and last but not the least, the trailer was just so freaking hilarious. 

The story is about three young, ambitious filmmakers working on a docu-drama showing what they think is the essence of independent filmmaking: the culture of poverty. For most part of the movie, they talk about the screenplay, the possibilities of changing the lead actor, using non-actors and other things that will bring more 'authenticity' to their project. They set up a meeting with Eugene Domingo who clearly makes a parody of herself in this movie. While doing an ocular visit at their desired shooting location, they get consumed by how real and film-worthy the sight of poverty in Payatas is. But this admiration quickly turns into tragedy as they come face-to-face with the real picture of their surroundings.

If you missed 'Babae sa Septic Tank', they will be showing it this week at the UP Cine Adarna. It will be released in theatres this August.

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