NAGA CITY, July 5 — The Philippine’s most celebrated actor, Nora Aunor, will play the lead in the second feature full-length film of award-winning Bikolano poet and columnist Kristian Sendon Cordero.
The film has been selected as one of the eight finalists in the third Quezon City International Film Festival. Cordero will receive a P1M grant from the Quezon City Film Development Council to finish the film that will have its premiere on October 14-22, 2016 during the film festival.
Hinulid, which takes inspiration from the story of Carlos Ojeda Aureus’ The Night Train Does Not Stop Here Anymore, tells the story of a woman and her son who died in a violent hazing incident while studying law in one of the Catholic schools in Manila.
Set at the beginning of the new millennium, Sita Dimaiwat which will be played by Ms. Aunor, decides to cremate her son’s remains and travels back to Bikol via the old PNR train. Aided by a walkman— Sita listens to the recording of his son memorizing his lessons in law.
Sita, reconciling the intricate lines between tragedy and transcendence, tries to hold unto what is left for her. In a filial act of mourning she will prove that memory is stronger than justice and that even the most broken life can be restored to its moments.
Hinulid is a kind of a homecoming because it will be Nora Aunor’s first film in her mother tongue, Bikol-Rinconada. Conceptualized as early as 2015, the film will be her first collaboration with Cordero, a recipient of many literary awards including the Palanca Memorial Prize for Literature and the Gintong Aklat for Best Work in Philippine Literature and National Book Awards, among others. Cordero is a faculty member of the Ateneo de Naga University. Both Cordero and Ms. Aunor are from Iriga City.
In 2013, Cordero ventured into filmmaking with his first full length film, Angustia (Out of the Depths) which was one of the finalists in the Cinemaone Originals Film Festival. Receiving a P 1M grant, a very minimal budget, Cordero was able to gather and manage talents and resources to do a period film that was set in late 18th century Bikol. Angustia was awarded one of the three Best First Feature Films in 2013 by the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines.
The group of Cordero is set to shoot the film this coming month of July in the towns of Gainza, Pili, Pasacao, Baao, and the cities of Naga and Iriga. In a Facebook post of Hinulid Fan Page, the group is still raising an additional amount of P2M and is hoping against all odds that more Bikolanos, cineastes, and Noranians will give their support before they start shooting.
For those who are interested to help, kindly send your donations to this bank account “Kristian S. Cordero” BDO SM NAGA CITY Account Number: 006828010354. Kindly scan the deposit slip and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation. Should you need more information regarding this project, the team can be reached thru this mobile phone number 09167615121. Among those who have sent their support to this film project aside from the Noranians are award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee, Albay lawmaker Edcel Greco Lagman, Pasacao Mayor Niño Tayco, and Naga City Mayor John Bongat.