Joem Bascon considers himself lucky to have been chosen by Regal Entertainment to play the male lead in the MacArthur Alejandre film titled “The Annulment” where he is paired with the alluring Lovi Poe.
“It feels good to be cast in important film projects. Now that I am more mature, I shouldn’t be doing teeny-bopper or pa-cute roles anymore. I did those films when I was young. Now I must accept roles that will challenge me as an actor,” said Joem, who won a Gawad Urian as Best Supporting Actor for “Noy.”
“I am happy, honored and blessed that Regal has given me the opportunity to be the lead star. It’s my first time to do something like this. And I had to do some many love scenes, which surpassed the kind of love scenes I did in my past films. My love scenes here in ‘The Annulment’ are daring,” he revealed, adding that he is grateful for the opportunity to work with Lovi and direk Mac.
In this time and age when it seems hard for older actors to get lead roles, Joem is glad for the trust that Regal gave him for the lead role in “The Annulment.”
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“Babae at Baril,” a co-production of Cignal Entertainment and EpicMedia, was one of the biggest winners at the recently concluded QCinema International Film Festival Awards held at Novotel Araneta City in Quezon City.
The film took home top honors including Best Director for Rae Red, Best Actress for Janine Gutierrez as well as the Gender Sensitivity Award. It was the first Best Actress award for Janine from a prestigious festival.
This year’s QCinema International Film Festival was the biggest, showcasing over 70 films, including new films making their world premieres and titles that have gathered international acclaim.
“Babae at Baril” was one of the three Filipino films featured in the festival’s main competition, Asian Next Wave.
The movie tells the story of the nameless “Babae,” a lowly saleslady in a local department store who meekly endures the various daily indignities of being a minimum wage earner — from the lengthy queues and difficult commute, the humiliation of her overbearing manager, the intrusive body searchers by the company security guard and the abuse by her customers.
Her plight off work is no different, as she gets cat-called by drunks every time she walks by her neighborhood and is threatened by her sleazy landlord trying to evict her for missing rent. When she finally gets home, there’s no one there but her roommate who couldn’t care less about her.
Things come to a head when she finds a loaded gun in the trash. Suddenly, she has the power to fight back, do anything she wants, talk back to whomever she wants and even hurt anyone she wants.
“Our recent win at the QCinema International Film Festival has inspired us to produce more content that will not only reflect the realities of Filipino life and our culture but also strive to create works of lasting social significance,” said Cignal TV President and CEO Jane Basas.
Cignal Entertainment is the original content division of Cignal TV, the country’s leading Pay TV provider. It aims to develop high quality Filipino content for its various in-house channels and platforms, and for the global audience.
Epicmedia, meanwhile, is an award-winning independent production company that has produced local box office hits and championed films in Berlinale, Venice, Toronto, Busan and Tokyo. It has also housed numerous international co-productions and launched the new voices of Philippine cinema.