After wrapping up shooting the local scenes for her new film 366, first time director Bela Padilla shared during a guest appearance on The Third World Cinema Club podcast that the film she wrote and is starring in, is more than halfway done.
“Right now it’s not yet finished. Meron kasi kaming Manila leg. Ideally, nung sinulat ito kasi dapat parang a big portion of the script could have been shot in Europe tapos nagka-pandemic, nagka-lockdown, ganyan ganyan. So binaliktad ko lang yung script na mas mahaba na yung part sa Manila and yung start ang magiging Europe. So naghihintay lang kami ng balita kung kelan kami makakalipad. Yung theatrical release or platforms, wala pa kami dun. Nandun kami sa tatapusin pa lang yung project. But we’re about 60 to 70% finished with the film,” she said.
Growing up with fond memories of her watching movies with her mom, Bela revealed that one of the romantic films that made the most impact on her was Somewhere in Time.
“Very idealistic yung thoughts of love ko before. Kaya yung unang boyfriend ko before, nahuhuli ko nag-chi-cheat eh. Nakikita ko naman sa cellphone. Pero okay lang kasi si Meg Ryan nga lumipad papunta Paris kahit takot siya sa eroplano, yung ganun. So medyo tanga. Huwag maniwala sa lahat ng napapanuod sa rom-com (laughs),” she said.
During the interview, the 29-year-old actress also shared with The Third World Cinema Club hosts one of the most extreme things she ever did for love. “May isang time, grabe nakakahiya sasabihin ko na ‘to, nung hindi na okay tapos gusto ko ayusin, gusto ko makipag-usap pero nahihiya ako so uminom muna ako. Tapos naghintay ako sa labas ng bahay niya ng five hours (laughs). Pero okay lang. Hindi ko naman alam eh kasi lasing ako. The next day ko na na-realize na, ‘Grabe, 9 pm ka umupo dun (laughs),’” she recalled.
After co-writing films like Camp Sawi, Luck At First Sight, Last Night, and 10,000 Hours, Bela shared some insight on her film 366 which also stars Zanjoe Marudo and JC Santos.
“Parang paglaruan niyo lang yung, ‘if you had one more day in a year, how would you use it? Would you use it na iiwasan mo yung taong mahal mo or would you use that one day to declare your love even more?’ Parang ganun. Based sa title, that’s what it plays around. Pero parang the story starts with death. It’s also about how you move on from grief, from something tragic,” she said.