Director Antoinette Jadaone confirms the final cast members of her 2nd MMFF entry.
Hugot director Antoinette Jadaone has ticked off another dream off her bucket list upon the launching of her first book titled The Arrow with a Heart Pierced through Him.
Direk Tonette, as she is fondly called, shared during the book’s launching event that it was her first book and the first book by their publishing firm Witty Will Save the World.
The book’s story is actually not entirely new to the public as it has already appeared in Direk Tonette’s 2014 indie blockbuster hit That Thing Called Tadhana starring JM de Guzman and Angelica Panganiban.
However the book’s publication came a little later because “gusto naming ma-feel ‘yung na-feel ng mga tao sa That Thing Called Tadhana.”
“Di ba it’s part of That Thing Called Tadhana. Tapos very emotion-filled ‘yung movie so dapat ‘yung book, since hindi siya nakakapagsalita, wala siyang music, dapat aside from the story and the writing dapat ‘yung illustrations rin will do the emotions for it,” she explained.
What many do not know though is that the story came first before the movie itself.
“Dahil ‘yung That Thing Called Tadhana is a personal film and matagal ko na siyang gustong i-publish sinama ko siya sa film. Wala naman kaming money before to publish a book. So after nung That Thing Called Tadhana, since it was a dream come true, why not have another dream of mine and of Chinggay [Nuque] and our illustrator come true also,” she said.
Although she’s also a writer, Direk Tonette is best known for her big screen creations like That Thing Called Tadhana, You’re My Boss, Beauty in a Bottle, and Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay.
Come the Metro Manila Film Festival season, Direk Tonette will be adding yet a few more films to her list of full-length projects. There’s Walang Forever which is set to be directed by her boyfriend Dan Villegas where she’s a creative producer and then her own entry titled All You Need is Pag-ibig.
”Tuloy po siya. December 25 pa rin po siya at kasama ko rin si Onin [Pilotin, illustrator] doon. May gagawin siyang animated part doon. Kasi mag-start siya sa isang alamat tungkol sa pag-ibig tapos doon maguumpisa ang iba’t-ibang kwento ng pag-ibig,” said Direk Tonette.
Direk Tonette also revealed that All You Need is Pag-ibig will follow an ensemble cast format which would give life to stories of different types of love.
“So lahat ng tao na manonood makaka-relate. Parang collection siya of love stories,” she said.
“Oo confirmed na siya, as of today. Si Derek ‘yung leading man. Actually hindi naman sobrang leading man may something doon sa love stories na akala niyo is the usual love story pero different siya,” explained Direk.
How did she handle the last minute casting changes?
“Winelcome ko lang siya. Kasi kung masyado kong iisipin na sumasakit ang mga ulo ng mga tao dapat may isang tao na keri lang,” she said. “Parang kunwari nagbago ng casting, nagbago ang story, ang okay sa Star Cinema na-preserve ‘yung vision ko. Ito talaga ang gusto ko for the film, ‘yung All You Need is Pag-ibig na iba’t-ibang kwento.”
Grab Direk Tonette’s first-ever book The Arrow with a Heart Pierced through Him at the following Fully Booked branches: Greenhills Promenade, Eastwood Mall, Trinoma, SM North, The Fort, Greenbelt 5, Glorietta and Megamall.