Mercedes Cabral to headline lone PH entry in World Film Festival in Bangkok
Mercedes will star in “Pamatid-Gutom”, a short film directed by Richard Soriano Legaspi that was officially selected to be part of the Short Wave program of the festival.
In the film described as “a stark rendition of electoral politics in post-EDSA Philippines”, the actress plays a desperate mother who takes part in the feeding program of her city’s mayor and takes a disturbing gamble upon seeing the warm response of the mayor’s wife to her baby.
The short film, a co-production of Red Room Media Productions with non-government organization Focus on the Global South – Philippines, is part of “EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival” which was organized in commemoration of the 25 years of the EDSA People Power movement.
Hailed by the European press as “the most beautiful actress” when she walked the red carpet in the 2008 Cannes International Film Festival while also generating a similar public reaction at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, Mercedes continues to make a strong impact on just about any project she gets involved in and not just because of her dusky allure.
A two-time Best Actress nominee for “Pilgrim Lovers” (Gawad Urian) and “Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me” (Golden Screen Awards) in 2011, she has lately been all over the place with roles big and small in films like “Captive”, “Ang Nawawala”, “The Healing”, “Biktima”, the upcoming Cinemanila feature “Colossal” and, of course, “Thy Womb”, which caps what pretty much has been a banner year for her career.
On the small screen, Mercedes is also in the cast of the teleseryes “Luna Bianca” and “Magdalena” both for the GMA Network.
“Pamatid-Gutom”, however, is purely her show and she is expected to deliver a tour-de-force performance of a poverty-stricken woman who will do anything to make things better for her and her child.
The WFF of Bangkok, which will take place at Paragon Cineplex and Esplanade Cineplex Ratchadapise in Bangkok from November 16 to 25, is the longest-running film festival in Thailand. It is known to feature a wealth of cultures and perspectives from filmmakers around the globe with special emphasis on independent films from mostly emerging directors.
Aside from the Short Wave program, the festival presents a quality selection of 84 films in four other categories, namely Cine Latino, Cinema Beat, Doc Feast, and Asian Contemporary.
Other than “Pamatid-Gutom,” another interesting highlight for Filipinos is the US-produced documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” directed by Ramona S. Diaz (“Imelda”) that follows the real-life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey.