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Malaysia to screen Cebu film

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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A CEBUANO horror movie to be shown in Malaysia is in the works by renowned director Victor Kaiba Villanueva.

In an interview with SunStar Cebu, the Patay na si Hesus director gave a little preview of what his next film is about: “The one I'm currently shooting right now is an episode for a Malaysian TV Network called Astro. They have this 24-hour horror channel called Boo channel. The film will be shown this December.”

“It's a Philippine horror special because there are 13 episodes of horror stories from the Philippines and there are six directors from the Philippines including myself. My film is called Purya Gaba from the Cebuano expression of 'purya gaba.'”

Purya gaba is one of those Bisaya expressions that don't have an English counterpart. But for non-Bisaya people, the expression means to sway bad karma.

Villanueva is the only Cebuano director included in the roster of directors chosen by the Malaysian TV Network to create special horror movies. His film revolves around a guy who takes a job at a hotel.

"There's something strange going on in the hotel and he gets entangled in the mystery. It's a horror comedy," said Villanueva. His cast members are mostly locals.

While the film will be shown in Malaysia in December, Villanueva said there are plans of showing it in the rest of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

The movie was shot with the help of Above the Line Productions.

"I'm currently writing my dream project: Ricky Boy the Wonder Boy,” said Villanueva.

The project, a coming-of-age comedy-drama, was pitched in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) 2015 in Bucheon, South Korea. Ricky Boy the Wonder Boy was granted the NAFF 2015 TOKYOPOP Asian Film Award.

Villanueva hopes to start shooting the project soon.

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on July 27, 2017.

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