Filipino filmmaker Ian Loreños’ “Alagwa” won best narrative feature and lead actor Jericho Rosales, outstanding achievement in acting, at the recently concluded Guam International Film Festival. “Alagwa,” which was graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board, opens Wednesday at all SM Cinemas. Bayani San Diego Jr.
Ian Loreños “Alagwa” was chosen as the closing film of the 3rd Guam International Film Festival, to be held from Sept. 24 to 29. The fest website describes the film as a “heart-wrenching crime thriller.” It top-bills Jericho Rosales, who won best actor for this film at the Urian and an outstanding achievement in acting citation from the Newport Beach fest in the United States, and Bugoy Cariño, who won best supporting actor at the Asean International Film Festival and Awards in Malaysia.
Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s short film “Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong (Waiting to Whisper)” was shown at the 10th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, held in Tokyo recently. Bernardo’s film was hailed as a “delightful, funny, black-humored family comedy.”
Ian Loreños’ “Alagwa (Breakaway)” will be screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival, to be held in Orange County, California, from April 25 to May 2. Loreños told the Inquirer that “Alagwa” is the lone Filipino film competing with hundreds of entries from all over the world.
After the Busan fest, Ian Dean Loreños’ “Alagwa (Breakaway)” will be screened in four international festivals this month. The indie drama, which top-bills Jericho Rosales, will have screenings in Cambodia and in three fests in India: Chennai, Kochi and Bangalore. According to its producer Bianca Balbuena, there are more film fests in the works next year. “Alagwa” merited a positive review from The Hollywood Reporter when it was shown in Busan, South Korea, last October.
By Rito P. Asilo
Jericho Rosales stirs and scares in his exceptional portrayal of a single father who embarks on a search to find his missing son (Bugoy Cariño) in Ian Loreños’ harrowing human-trafficking drama, “Alagwa,” a guest entry in this year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival.