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Bela Padilla's directorial debut '366' to be shown in April

‘366’, the directorial debut of actress Bela Padilla, will be released this coming April 8.

Leah Bueno

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01/14/2022 01:50 PM
Bela Padilla's directorial debut '366' to be shown in April
Photo credits to @bela on Instagram

The upcoming movie 366, which marks the directorial debut of actress Bela Padilla, is slated for release this coming April.

Bela made the announcement on her Instagram Stories update this Friday, January 14.

"Due to the Omicron surge, we are pushing our release date to April 8, 2022 to prioritize everyone's safety. Thank you guys for being as excited as I am for the release of '366'. I can't wait for all of you to see it. In the meantime, watch out for our trailer drop!" she said.

366 stars Bela with actors Zanjoe Marudo and JC Santos. A teaser trailer for the movie was released last October.

READ: Bela Padilla releases first teaser for directorial debut ‘366’

In a previous interview, Bela said 366 is based on a true story that she witnessed while she was on a holiday break three years ago.

"It's a very tragic love story," she said. "But also, going through the pandemic, I tweaked it a little bit, and '366' now has more of a significance for me.

"It's set in a leap year kaya 366. Parang it's now more realizing that we have to take every day and treat it as best as we could and really maximize these days. So if you're given a choice, if you want to spend one day just being sad or crying or feeling bad or negative, or you could make an effort and be happy and have an extra day to fall in love and have an extra day to love yourself, where would you go and what would you choose? So that's the journey of the character I play and the characters that I will be with in '366'."

In addition to directing the movie, Bela also wrote the script for 366.

Talking about the process of helming 366, which was shot amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the actress said: "It was definitely stressful because I felt like I had to prove myself to everybody. Not just because they were my friends, I would get away with it. I felt like even more so, dahil friends ko sila, I wanted to prove also to them that I will do a good job and I wouldn't let you guys down...I made an effort to really do the homework and then some para hindi ako mapahiya sa set.

"So kung ang pre-prod ng typical film would be, let's say five days, sa amin nag-pre-prod kami ng 10 days. Dinoble namin para pagdating sa set, wala nang questions at all, and para we work efficiently din. And also COVID was raging in December, so, you know, para rin less communication. We tried to do as much pre-prod as possible, para prepared na prepared kami pagdating sa set."

Bela wrapped up filming for 366 in February 2021. As of this writing, further details about her directorial debut have yet to be announced.