Sharon Cuneta is making a comeback on the big screen via indie film “Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha (Family That Does Not Weep),” one of 10 films competing in the Full-Length Feature Category at the 13th Cinemalaya.
Written, directed and edited by Mes de Guzman, the film is about a woman who is desperate to restore and rebuild her own family.
According to a post on the festival’s official Facebook account, the 51-year-old veteran actress plays Cora, a landowner-turned-media personality. The character will “use all her time, energy, resources and wealth to track down the elusive ‘Family that does not weep.’”
For the past months, Sharon has been updating fans about the progress of the film on her official Facebook account. In fact, days before filming started she asked followers to pray for her as she may have some struggles acting for the first time after so many years.
Her fears were unfounded, with Sharon herself relating how “fun” it all was.
“Shooting has been happy and fun and I cannot be happier working with Direk Mes and his staff and crew! Such an unexpected and wonderful surprise. Ang saya-saya namin sa set! And the movie is unfolding beautifully, looking like it’s gonna be fun for you all to watch,” she posted.
She felt “glad but also a bit sad” when the production wrapped up.
In a series of videos titled “ATS (All Things Sharon) Got You Covered,” uploaded on Sinepelikula’s YouTube account by Jek Josue David, it was said the film was supposed to have been made as early as 2014 but for the actress being busy with personal activities.
Apparently, Mes didn’t want to replace Sharon, saying, “Personally ako ayokong gamitin ’yung word na masama ’yung loob ko pero parang sinulat mo ’to para sa kanya tapos iba ’yung magpo-portray, so parang nakakahiya din du’n sa next na kukunin mong gagawa.”
The wait paid off.
“Nu’ng day one, sobrang nasulit,” Mes said. “Iba pa rin ’yung charm ni Sharon. Du’n din ako mas naniwala (nu’ng nakita ko ng personal) kasi siyempre nakikita mo na siya sa TV tapos pagkaharap mo na siya, diniderek mo na, uma-acting siya, sabi ko iba rin, may nafe-feel din ako tapos nakikita mo na nag-e-enjoy siya. Ang natural eh.”
Sharon is as happy as Mes.
She said in the same interview, “Tawa lang kami ng tawa, nu’ng una feeling ko na iilang ’yung staff and crew sa akin tapos mamaya wala, family na kami, nakakatawa ’yung mga eksena namin, makikita ’yung cooperation, tapos dahil open sa lahat masaya mas gumaganda ’yung project…”
She even praised Mes, maintaining, “He’s so smart, it’s his story, it’s his script, so I don’t bother kung ano man ’yung ipagawa niya sakin.”
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The other finalists in Cinemalaya’s Full-Length Feature Category are “Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa (My Teacher Who Doesn’t Know How To Read)” by Perry Escaño; “Baconaua” by Joseph Israel Laban; “Nabubulok” by Sonny Calvento; “Pacboy” by Thop Nazareno; “Requited” by Nerissa Picadiz; “Respeto” by Treb Monteras II; “Bagahe (The Baggage)” by Zig Dulay; “Lola Igna” by Eduardo Roy, Jr.; and “Unang Patak Ng Ulan Sa Buwan Ng Mayo (The First Drop Of Rain In The Month Of May)” by Cenon Obispo Palomares.
Cinemalaya will have screenings from Aug. 4 to 13 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and in Ayala Cinemas in Metro Manila and Cebu.
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