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Monday, June 6, 2011

NINO (Cinemalaya 2011)

Nino is one of the entries in this year's Cinemalaya Festival. Directed by multi-awarded Stage Designer Loy Arcenas. Screenplay is by Rody Vera. Cinematography by Lee Meily. Production Design by Adelaida Lim. Art Direction by, uhm, this blogger  :-)

Nino  revolves around a middle class family that has seen better days. The resolve to cling to their 'old glory' lies on Celia (Fides Cuyugan-Asensio) a delusional woman whose past forays in the world of opera has left her in a world of her own. The only thing that brings her to the present situation is her nurturing duties to her bed-ridden brother, Gaspar (Tony Mabesa). Her 'not-so-single' daughter, Merced (Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino) tries to let the family realize the real situation they are in (financially, that is) but these attempts end up only in vain. Long lost son, Mombic (Arthur Acuna) appears one day with his 5-year old son, Anthony (Jhiz Deocareza) and stirs the already volatile, dysfunctional set-up. 

When Gaspar suffers a near-fatal heart attack, the family is now confronted with the choice whether to sell the ancestral house or not. Gaspar's one and only direct heir, his US-based daughter, Raquel (Raquel Villavicencio) is summoned immediately back to the Philippines to help decide matters pertaining to the fate of Gaspar's property. Raquel's americanized son, Reinhardt (Joaquin Valdez) reluctantly tags along but is indifferent to the family's squabbles, instead he explores the city of Manila in search of the one thing that he thinks will make him happy.

Old gripes and grudges are unearthed. Deep, dark secrets are revealed. All these viewed through the innocence of Anthony, who is renamed Nino (and dressed like Sto. Nino) by his Grandmother Celia .

Will Anthony/Nino save this family from crumbling altogether?

Nino will premiere on July 16, 2011 at the Cinemalaya Festival. 

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