The long wait is over. After its huge success at the 3rd QCinema International Film Festival—where it won Best Picture—and after reaping acclaim at international filmfests in Europe, the US, and Asia, the movie “Apocalypse Child” screens in commercial theatres nationwide beginning October 26.
“Apocalypse Child” is a drama starring award-winning actor Sid Lucero as Ford, a surfing instructor in Baler, who has been told all his whole life that he is the son of American director Francis Ford Coppola. One summer, as the surfing season is wrapping up, Ford’s carefree existence is disrupted with the return of Rich (RK Bagatsing), a childhood friend-turned-politician. Rich brings along his fiancee Serena (Gwen Zamora) whom he encourages to take surfing lessons. Serena and Ford become close, upsetting Fiona (Annicka Dolonius), a young surfer who is harboring a secret love for Ford.
Meanwhile, Ford’s mother Chona (Ana Abad Santos) has been trying to get the director to acknowledge her son. As Chona’s petition reaches a breakthrough, Ford is forced to confront his past actions, inactions and the stories of his life.
“Apocalypse Child” received four awards at the 3rd QCinema International Filmfest: Best Director for Mario Cornejo, Best Supporting Actress for Annicka Dolonius, Technical Excellence in Editing for Lawrence Ang, and Best Film. The QCinema jury cited it as a brave and intense film with superb performances. The jury further noted that “The beauty of (its) filmmaking elevates a simple story into a powerful drama that unravels the fractured nature of identity.”
The movie also earned acting nominations for all the major cast from the Urian Awards and the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Luna Awards. It won Best Supporting Actress recognition for Ana Abad Santos from both the Urian and FAP.
Recently, the Cinema Evalutaion Board (CEB) gave “Apocalypse Child” a grade of “A,”entitling the film to a 100-percent tax rebate. In its summation, the CEB praised the ensemble cast and the production values and hailed the film as a potential hit. The CEB stated, “It is films like ‘Apocalypse Child’ that remind us that there is always a fresh way of telling a story, and like the director Mario Cornejo’s maiden project with Monster Jimenez, ‘Big Time,’ it is a potential sleeper and helps keep the indie spirit alive.”
“Apocalypse Child” is rated R-16 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). It is produced by Arkeo Films and distributed by Solar Entertainment Corporation. The movie is supported by Belo Sun Expert. For updates, like the “Apocalypse Child” Facebook page and check out website apocalypsechild.com. (PR)