Jasmine Curtis-Smith thrilled for 'Transit' in Oscars-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
JASMINE Curtis-Smith is proud that her first big screen project "Transit" was chosen as the country's official entry to the 86th Academy Awards.
Directed by Hannah Espia, the film tells the story of Israel-based Filipinos who found out the government's plans to deport children of foreign workers who didn't match the Israeli's residency criteria.
The film bagged the Best Film, Audience Choice, Special Jury Prize and seven other awards in the New Breed Category of the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.
Jasmine also took home the Best Supporting Actress trophy for playing the role of Yael, a troubled teen caught between the clashing cultures of her heritage -- being both Filipino and Israeli.
"Transit" is slated to compete in the Foreign Language Film category of the Oscars next year.
"Napakasaya namin lahat because for all of us pinili lang naman namin na gawin 'yung project because it's such a nice story and it's going to be shot overseas. Nung well-received na siya ng audience during the festival, okay na kami noon," she said during the Trade Launch of TV5.
Jasmine said that they are happy to represent the country in the Oscars.
"Dumadagdag lang 'yung happiness namin each time. Until now we're over the moon and it's still quite surreal for all of us. I have high hopes for our movie because I believe it was well shot, it's very different and it has that international feel. It also brings out the different aspect of Filipino film industry. So, I'm hoping we'll get (in the last five) slots," said Jasmine.
When asked to comment on some critics saying Erik Matti's "On The Job" should have been picked by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Jasmine said, "Regardless of which film is chosen. 'Yung may maipakita tayo na Filipino film to other countries, to the Oscars and the rest of the world, masaya na kami."
Produced by Paul Soriano, "Transit" will be screened this month at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.
Jasmine said she wouldn't be able to join the whole cast and production team because it's going to be her finals week in Ateneo de Manila University, where she's taking up Communication Arts.
The actress said now that the film is recognized in the country and abroad, she is determined to better her craft and not disappoint the viewing public.
"I'm so excited because this is a different level of achievement for me. Akala ko because mainstream 'yung launching ko, I'll stick to that. This movie has been allowing me to market myself to a whole different role," Jasmine said.
"More eyes will be set on my skills, how much I have improved from what I've been recognized for. Hindi naman pwede na makuntento lang tayo, kailangan each time galingan mo talaga," she added.
If "Transit" makes it as one of the final five international film entries in the Academy, Jasmine said she will definitely attend the Oscars which will be held at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California on March 2, 2014. (Sunnex)