“Brave” ang description ni Direk Erik Matti sa bago niyang pelikula na may title na A Girl and A Guy na pinagbibidahan nina Alexa Miro at Rob Gomez. Ayon pa sa director nang makausap siya ng PUSH sa virtual presscon ng pelikula, marami ring sex scenes at nudity sa AGAG.
“There’s a lot of sex in the movie—lots and lots of sex and very graphic sex,” kuwento pa ng director.
“The top part with the movie is that with the culture now, I don’t want people saying there’s Erik Matti doing the female gays. Palagi nating naririnig yan na, ‘Naghubad na naman yung mga babae, mga lalake nakabalot, kasi ang direktor straight.’
“I was really doing a balancing act, shooting all these sex scenes that the nudity does not just refer to women, but the nudity also goes with men and nudity with men.
“I mean, you can see the penis, you can see whatever, and it’s liberating in a sense. It’s liberating because, now, showing it online, you can get pass on the judgments of MTRCB, the judgment na may rules na ito lang ang pwedeng ipakita.
“If you want to tell a story that demands that, then you’re free to just tell that story without censorship,” dagdag niyang pahayag.
Ang A Girl and A Guy ay isang relationship movie na kuwento ng mga kabataang nabibilang sa tinatawag na Generation Z at kung paano tumatakbo ang kanilang buhay pagdating sa pakikipagrelasyon. Ipapakita rin sa pelikula ang tinatawag ng director na “underground world” ng Generation Z.
Puro action films ang huling mga pelikula ni Erik, pero bakit nga ba bigla siyang nag-switch ng genre?
“Big fan ako ng romantic movies, but where it came from, why I wanted to tell the story is because I’ve seen a lot of romantic movies that were made and it tend to sugarcoat the kind of generation we have now,” tugon ng award-winning director.
“Parang lahat ng artista natin, parang hindi pa pwedeng mag-kiss, di ba? Ang KathNiel, hindi pwedeng mag-kiss. Pero kapag nakita mo yung totoong buhay ng generation ngayon, kissing is no longer an issue.
“You don’t wait to get married to stick your tongue into somebody else’s mouth, even the new generation now. That always confuses me, and I have two daughters. I probably wrote it for them because I wanted to find out how this generation thinks.
“Di ba, tayo dati, kailangan makilala muna ang parents, ma-in love ka. Magkausap kayo nang matagal bago kayo magsabi ng, ‘Okey, hawakan mo na yung boobs ko.’
“Ngayon, hindi na ganoon, eh. Una is physical intimacy, and then after physical intimacy, ‘Ah, okay siya. I think I wanna go on a second date.’ And in most of the generation I talked to, because of the research, wala talaga sa kanila yung, ‘Ay pakakasalan ko na ‘to.’
“Lahat yan, they know there’s a timeline to it. Parang yung generation ngayon, puro endo yung relationships, putol-putol. Those are things I wanted to tackle in the story, yung ‘underground world’ nila, how confused they are, how uncertain or how indecisive they were about their lives,” tuluy-tuloy na paliwanag ng director.
Bagama’t marami nudity sa pelikula pero siniguro naman ni Direk Erik na very responsible siya bilang filmmaker.
“I think I’m responsible enough as a filmmaker to know the boundaries of making a film like this. I’ve done so many films and for everything I do, I try to as much as possible, say the loudest voice in certain topics. But at the same time, keep myself responsibly tame and, yes, I think it’s a really, really brave movie,” deklara pa niya.
Mapapanood ang A Girl and A Guy sa Upstream.Ph simula sa June 24. Kasama rin sa pelikula sina Candice Ramos, Sarah Holmes, Emilio Francisco at Rosh Barman.