Participating in this year’s Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival is Gino M. Santos (Ex with Benefits, #Y) who directed the psycho-thriller entry Lila starring Janine Gutierrez and Enchong Dee.
Considering that the jury is composed of Lav Diaz and other international film festival regulars, Gino said, “We’re not really expecting (to win an award). I mean, just the fact that we made a film in six days, it’s quite an achievement and something that we really love doing. Sana lang panoorin ng audience ‘yung pelikula kasi we really made this as top-notch quality as possible, good enough for the international festivals. I just hope they enjoy it.”
When asked if they will show the movie in film festivals abroad, Gino said, “Definitely. Hopefully, mapick-up siya ng mga international film festivals with the help of Direk Brillante (Mendoza).”
Aside from Lila, Direk Gino is also working on the upcoming Dawn Zulueta-Piolo Pascual-Coleen Garcia film under Star Cinema.
Talking about how he handled the intimate scenes between Piolo and Coleen, Gino shared, “Hindi pa ako nag-Piolo-Dawn pero nag-Piolo-Coleen na kami. Well, let’s just say na sanay na kami sa pag-shoot ng gano’n kasi with me and Derek (Ramsey) and Coleen, shinoot na namin ‘yung Ex With Benefits, very intimate love scenes.”
However, he admitted feeling nervous about shooting Piolo and Dawn’s love scenes. “I’m really nervous about Dawn and Piolo. But, they have really good chemistry and ayun nga, we’re a family on set so we’re very comfortable with each other.”
Feeling blessed to be working with amazing actors, is Gino the next big director?
“There’s a lot of shoes to fill in and I don’t want to get that label kasi sobrang nakakapressure but I’m just here to do my job and I love what I’m doing,” he said.