Thursday, February 04, 2010

Mario O'Hara plans a Trial for Andres Bonifacio

Respected Veteran Film Director Mario O'Hara set to make an Indie Movie about the murder of Andres Bonifacio

At the Cinemalaya 2010 press conference, Veteran director Mario O'Hara revealed that his next project would be a period piece which will feature the characters of Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo, entitled "Ang Paglilitis Ni Bonifacio" (The Trial of Bonifacio). This will be his entry to the Cinemalaya 2010 Open Category (the 6th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is set on July 9-18, 2010). The writer-director, whose last feature film "Babae sa Breakwater" (Lady in the Breakwater) which was the Philippines' entry to the Cannes International Film Festival in 2005, believes that it is important that the masses would know the truth behind the killing of Andres Bonifacio wherein (the first president of the Philippine Republic) Emilio Aguinaldo was involved.

O'Hara asks, Why were two national heroes involved in a crime? Why did one hero kill another hero, when both of which are supposed to be our role models? Who is the protagonist? Who is the villain? These are questions that, O'Hara adds, are the same questions one of his (nephew/niece) asks in (his/her) studies in High School. O'Hara says, not only students, but many of us have no idea about these issues tackled by this story, and how this violent crime; which is the killing of Andres Bonifacio and his brother Procopio, occured. O'Hara further adds that the world should know/understand the Filipino through a story that is Filipino.

Despite the fact that this is going to be an independent movie, which will therefore have a very limited budget, O'Hara does have an ideal "mainstream" cast that he hopes he can get for his movie. He would like Diether Ocampo for the role of Emilio Aguinaldo, Angel Locsin for Gregoria de Jesus, and Alfred Vargas for Andres Bonifacio, as for his brother Procopio, he says that he is still not sure of his choice because this will be a role that should leave a mark on its audience.

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