After finding out that the crime thriller Tenement 66 is competing in the 25th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in South Korea, teen actor Noel Comia said he got even more excited to see the film in full.
“Mas na-excite ako sobra. Mas kinabahan ako lalo because I’ve never seen the film yet. Hindi ko alam kung maayos ba yung ginawa ko (laughs). Kung okay naman kay direk (Rae Red) okay naman siguro yun. Pero kinabahan ako sa mga magiging reaction ng tao kasi iba yung audience sa international film Bucheon and iba yung audience sa atin dito. Nevertheless super excited pa rin and kabado. Yun lang. Actually ito rin yung first project ko nung pandemic nung lock-in and hindi ko in-expect na mag-tu-turn out siyang maayos,” he said.
If not for the ongoing pandemic, Noel said he would have loved to attend the event and represent the country in the film festival along with his Tenement 66 co-stars Francine Diaz and Francis Magundayao.
“Kung wala talagang pandemic sigurado naka-empake na yung gamit ko papuntang Korea at nakapag-aral na ako ng mga annyeonghaseyo, yung mga ganyan (laughs). Pero before the pandemic I was blessed kasi nasama yung Death of Nintendo namin ni direk Rahyan Martin sa Berlinale film festival sa Germany so I was able to go to Berlin for the film festival and meet German people. Pero ilang days lang yun kasi right after nag-lockdown yung Philippines so sobrang last minute lang talaga. And kung walang pandemic ngayon I’m pretty sure kaming tatlo nag-pe-prepare na kami,” he shared.
Having started acting at the age of seven, Noel shared what was the biggest acting challenge was for him while shooting.
“Ibang iba yung process when we had to work for the horror thriller film Tenement 66. Iba yung research na ginawa ko kasi usually wala naman tayong horror na na-e-experience sa buhay natin unlike kapag gumagawa tayo ng drama project na kapag meron tayong pinagdadaan na we can relate to it.
“Pero kapag horror, pag thriller na ganito, mahirap humugot sa experience sa buhay mo. I had to imagine most of the time what would I do if I were in Ron-ron’s place. Parang ganun yung naging process ko. Mas challenging siya in general pero it was a very fun experience kasi kasama si direk Rae (Red) at saka si kuya Francis at si Francine. We really did what we could at that time and yun yung nagustuhan ni direk Rae and yun yung in-approve niya. I think bonus na yung nasama kami sa international film festival. it was really a suprise for all of us. Hindi namin in-expect and very thankful kami sa nangyari,” he explained.
The 17-year-old actor and singer also shared what lesson he was able to get from the film’s story which is about three teens who live in a tenement who plan to steal something from one of the tenants.
“I can actually relate to not judging other people because people do bad things for a reason and minsan talaga they can’t help but do it para lang makaahon sila from whatever they’re going through. What I learned from working on this film is that may consequence talaga ang bawat action na gagawin mo. It’s a cliche but it’s what’s happening in the film and in real life. Kapag may ginawa kang masama something bad will happen,” he said.
Tenement 66 stars Francine Diaz, Francis Magundayao, and Noel Comia. Directed by Rae Red. It is now available for streaming on iWant TFC.