By Daniel Infante Tuaño
SITGES, Spain – “Media dwells more on controversies rather than in finding the truth.”
This is what internationally acclaimed director Brilliante Mendoza said in a press conference held after the screening of his latest film “Sapi” (The Possession) at the recently concluded 46th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
Mendoza, known for films narrating and criticizing social evils in the Philippines, now ventures into the horror genre as he turns the camera onto a real-life story of demonic possession and brings to light the demons that engulf the Philippine media.
The movie shown at the Hotel Melies Sitges Auditori was well attended for a Monday 4 p.m. screening.
“We decided to come to see this movie because we think it was very interesting. We think about the possession and all this kind of evil,” local moviegoer Carolina Vera said as she lined up to see the flick.
Starring Meryll Soriano, Dennis Trillo and Baron Geisler, ‘Sapi’ was also selected to compete in the Official Fantastic Section of the Festival.
Mendoza is not new at the festival. In 2009, he won the best director and best sound design awards for the equally terrifying movie “Kinatay”.
“We are here for the competition I just had my screening this afternoon. It was well attended and I was really very happy. Sana ma-replicate ito sa Pilipinas ‘pag pinalabas sa November 6.”
Mendoza also appreciated the reception of Catalan moviegoers.
“Masaya, maganda dito sa Catalunya. I was really happily surprised with the warmth of the people, with the energy, and with the passion of the moviegoers. Sobrang masayahing audience sila. Talagang pinapakita nila talaga yung pagkagusto sa cinema. Sana sa Pilipinas suportahan nyo ang pelikula kong ‘Sapi’.”
Three more films from the Philippines made it to a Festival famous for showcasing horror, science fiction and fantasy movies coming from different parts of the world. Lawrence Fajardo’s aswang movie ‘The Strangers’ and Rico Elarde’s remake of Shake, Rattle and Roll hit ‘Pridyider’ competed for the weirdest and most radical movie in the Brigadoon section. Erik Matti’s action thriller On the Job competed in the Focus Asia section. ABS-CBNnews.com
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