Friday last week, April 29 at the Mowelfund office at Rosario Drive, Cubao, Quezon City saw a most fitting welcome dinner affair for German Gunter Holzhue who came in straight from Nuremberg, Germany to NAIA airport.
The welcome party was also an occasion for Holzhue to sign the contract of a film in-progress billed Macario Sakay, which he is co-producing with the president of KDPP (Kapisanan Ng Mga Direktor ng Pelikulang Pilipino) William Mayo who wears many hats as board of director of FAP (Film Academy of the Phil.) and as chair of the film committee of the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts).
The aforementioned film according to Holzhue marked the 10th year of his fulfilling relationship with a Filipino wife from Palawan with whom he has a teenage daughter.
“In a way, the film is our way of celebrating our 10th year of blessed union,” he said in halting English. Both wife and husband currently work in Nuremberg and are now in the country for a summer vacation and to see to the first day of the shoot of the film to start right after the May 9 elections.
Asked why he decided to co- produce the film, Holzhue disclosed, “ I have full trust in director William Mayo because I know him personally. He is a relative of my wife and we had done together the nitty-gritty of pre-production early on for said film, which I like because I can also act in it as one of the infamous American officers who betrayed Macario Sakay into surrendering to the American forces which ultimately led to his death by hanging.”
The German national admits to being a little frustrated actor himself. He had acted a lot in a children’s theater company during his grade school days that toured in the neighboring communities of Nuremberg with a fee, adding that in fact he learned the rudiments of the English language during his theater days in school.
The story material of Macario Sakay is from an original screenplay by Arturo de Guzman II titled A Sparrow At War which won the Centennial Literary Prize 1898-1998. It is adapted for the screen by Henry Nadong.
Playing Macario Sakay is Jeric Raval who was mentored early on and appeared in some action capers that Director Mayo directed for Regal Films and other film outfits. Raval was lead in the recent action caper Manila’s Finest directed by Mayo.
Present during the contract signing were director Leo Martinez, president of the FAP and also playing a major role in said project, Directors Joe Carreon, Boy Vinarao, Joel Apuyan, and some actors who were signed up as Sakay’s associates like Jethro Ramirez and actor/singer Zyruz Imperial, grand winner of the PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club) Star Awards for Movies for Best In Theme Song with about four indie films to his credit as lead.
Macario Sakay according to Director Mayo is slated to be submitted before the deadline of the coming MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) this year. Unlike the previous years in which film materials were evaluated based on submitted screenplays, this year’s entries in keeping with the new ruling according to Director Mayo will be submitted in the form of a finished product.
It may be recalled that the new ruling was an offshoot of the last Congressional investigation over the alleged anomalies of the last administration of the MMFF in which the Ombudsman through the findings and evidences presented by the COA (Commission On Audit) had filed a case of plunder against some members of the execom of said body.
For director William Mayo it is a go for his entry in the coming MMFF festival with the support of Iglesia Ni Cristo church of which he is a bona fide member.