Yesterday at CCP, I attended Aparisyo's Gala Night with my friend Star and her family. Honey and her better half, Arnold, were there, too. Unfortunately we were not able to see each other because the place is packed with fans, sponsors, press and stars of this movie.
Aparisyon is set in the pre-Martial Law days of the Philippines. The story tackles a very sensitive psychological drama that has never been featured in Philippine movies. The characters are contemplative nuns played by powerhouse cast, namely, Jodi Sta. Maria, Mylene Dizon, Raquel Villavicencio, Rustica Carpio and opera legend Fides Cuyugan-Asensio.
I was more afraid and shocked with the storyline, I thought I was not going to cry; and yet I did. Tears fell off my eyes with Jodie and Mylene's confrontational scene. The director was able to convey the pain, sorrow and hatred without the two actresses throwing hurtful words at each other.
Star is one of the supporting characters as a nun, too. Knowing that Star is comedic in real life, I was waiting for her to crack up a joke in the movie. And the director gave a bit of that star "patawa" scene. The audience clapped and laughed at Star's simple but funny line. I'm not going to ruin it for you. Just watch it.
Aparisyon is a Cinemalaya New Breed Full-Length Feature Category finalist. Directed and written by Vincent Sandoval, who flew straight from New New York for the casting and production of the film. I hope to see more of his directorial, as well as written projects in the future.