BOSES the movie comes to Iloilo on July 31

Jul 31, 2013 by

The first time I met Director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil was in 2005 when she came to Iloilo to promote her independent film Mga Pusang Gala. I had an impression that Direk Ellen is one of those really serious artists who makes movies not to amass screaming teens and millions of pesos in the box-office, but rather to create engaging “opus”. I respect artists like her. They use their craft in affecting change and promoting awareness. They inspire — and they’re quite successful in doing so.

Direk Ellen has once again triumphed in creating a film that carries with it a theme that we all are closely familiar with: child violence. Boses is an independently produced that was originally made as an entry to the Cinemalaya Film Festival about five years ago. It stars internationally renowned violinist Coke Bolipata and violin child prodigy Julian Duque. It also casts Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache and Meryll Soriano. 

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Karen Galarpe of GMA News writes: “In the film, Duque plays Onyok, a gifted child who is physically abused by his father (Ricky Davao) but finds healing through music, particularly in playing the violin. Bolipata, a renowned musician in real life, becomes his mentor in the film, and in turn finds healing for himself as well.”

BOSES channels a myriad of issues that most of us would prefer to be mum about. Aside from child violence, there is also the depiction of bullying, love and music, among others. It contains the elements that give its audience an introspective opportunity to reflect for oneself and for others.

When the film premiered in Iloilo at SM City Cinema last July 5th, the event had in tow the director herself, Ellen Marfil and the stars Cherry Pie Picache, Coke Bolipata and Julian Duque (who, by now, is a teenager who can play the violin even better!). The Iloilo premier was made possible through the partnership of Erasto Films with UPV Division of Humanities (with Dr Zoilo Andrada, Jr at the helm of the project) and SM City Cinemas. Students not only from UPV but from the different schools in Iloilo packed the screenings and were indulged by a forum with the director and the actors.

The press conference held right after the premier screening at SM City Iloilo. Seated from left: Cherry Pie Picache, Director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Julian Duque and Coke Bolipata.

The press conference held right after the premier screening at SM City Iloilo. Seated from left: Cherry Pie Picache, Director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Julian Duque and Coke Bolipata.

Members of the media, students and educators flocked to the press conference.

Members of the media, students and educators flocked to the press conference.

Some of the members of the faculty from the Division of Humanities of University of the Philippines Visayas.

Some of the members of the faculty from the Division of Humanities of University of the Philippines Visayas with Ms. Cherry Pie Picache.

 

I’m pretty sure a lot of you were not able to catch the premier screening of BOSES that time, so here’s your chance to see the film on its regular run at SM City Cinema starting tomorrow, July 31 until August 6. The film is definitely worth your time.

 

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