Cesar Montano topbills indie film 'Biktima'

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Monday, September 10, 2012

ACTOR Cesar Montano will star in his first independent film "Biktima" opposite Mercedes Cabral and Angel Aquino.

Shot entirely in Bohol, Cesar's hometown, the movie is about the story of a female television reporter (Angel) who wants to make something else outside of her being a wife and a mother.

Angel's character Alice, will then set off on a dangerous trek to the island of Kamandao in Bohol against her husband Mark (Cesar) warnings. She's believed to have died in the ambush with fellow reporters.


Mark will then turn to Alice's best friend Sandra, played by Mercedes Cabral, for love and solace.

Things seem to settle down between Cesar and Mercedes' characters when Angel is found alive and came again in the picture.

According to Cesar, the movie is a must-seen for its gripping storyline and superb acting.

"Kakaiba siyang pelikula. It is very Filipino. I am so proud of this project. Buong araw shooting kaya ang saya saya ko kasi andun ako sa mga kaibigan ko, walang stress," he said.

Cesar added that it is actually a fulfillment of a long time dream of his to work with Mercedes and Angel, who are both known for their acting prowess.

"Ang gagaling ng mga kasama ko sa pelikula. Napakagaan makatrabaho yung dalawa (Angel and Mercedes). With Mercedes, alam ko kung papaano siya mag trabaho, kung gaano siya ka-dedicated na actress. It is an honor to be working with her," he said.

The actor only has good words for Angel. "Gusto ko ulit makatrabaho si Angel. Napakagaling na aktress at napakabait na tao," he said.

The "Jose Rizal" and "Muro-Ami" actor also admired the talent and skills of "Biktima" director RD Alba.

"He's a close friend of the family and I've known him for some time now. He's very talented and has big potentials in this industry," he said.

Both Cesar and RD worked together in "Panaghoy sa Suba" in 2004 where the former played the lead role while the latter worked as a associate producer.

Alba, a Cebu born director, is Los Angeles Film School educated and worked with different television and movie productions here and abroad.

He directed "Kapalaran," which topbills Joel Torre, Chanda Romero, Pilar Pilapil and Gino Antonio. It was shown in ABS-CBN's regional networks in 2002 to 2004.

RD also did "Mourning Eve" and "Sabangga: GI Thai Girl" in 2000. Both films were shot in California and qualified in LA Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Vancouver Film Festival, respectively.

When asked how the working hours with his director was, Cesar said he could not believe they finished the film in just four shooting days.

For someone who worked with seasoned directors like Chito Roño, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Peque Gallaga, and Ishmael Bernal, Cesar sings praises for Alba.

"Dahil nakapagtrabaho na siya sa television before, he's educated to shoot and make films na kung paano natin ginagawa yun. Ang bilis niya, ang bilis din siyang umangulo," the actor said.

"Malayo ang mararating niya. Napaka-bata pa niya and magaling talaga," he added.

"Biktima" premiers September 19. (Sunnex)


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