The countdown has begun, really. Eleven days and Sonata opens in all SM Cinemas nationwide. The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Sineng Pambansa All Masters Edition will be open to the public on September 11, 2013, and I’m so excited.
I can’t wait for people to see this movie. I can’t wait for the world to see this movie.
Of the other films in the line-up, I want to watch Lauriana of Mel Chionglo (because the cinematography in the trailer is just gorgeous) and Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap by Jose Javier Reyes (because the trailer shows Tito Joey Reyes at his best — when he is being personal and intimate). I’m not familiar with the other directors’ work in the line-up and I will try to watch as many as I can, but Lauriana and Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap are a priority for me to see.
I’m leaving for Bacolod on the 8th to be a part of the premiere of Sonata, which the filmmakers wanted to do in Bacolod because, other than all the help we received from the many people of the city to help get this movie done, it is only fitting that a film that has become a love poem to the province of Negros Occidental should be shown in the capital city of Negros Occidental.
A personal wish of mine: more than it being watched by the people of Manila (and I would so want everyone in Manila, and everyone else all over the Philippines, to see it), I want the people of Visayas to see it. On our trailer in YouTube, there are comments from people saying how wonderful it is to watch a movie trailer and hear your own language being spoken. In Negros Occidental, we speak Hiligaynon (or Ilonggo) and not Filipino (or Tagalog).
This is the right of regional films; and while some of the other films in the line-up has chosen to be in Filipino/Tagalog, it was important for us to make this film as steeped into the Negrosanon world as possible. I’m very, very happy that we have been able to do this.
Please watch Sonata when it opens on September 11, 2013 in all SM Cinemas nationwide. Watch it again, if you love it, and watch the other films in the line-up as well.