Paul Sta. Ana's "Oros": A Cinemalaya 2012 Finalist

Paul Sta. Ana's "Oros" is one of the 10 finalists at the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's New Breed Full Length Feature Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 20 to 29, 2012. The 25 film-entries in this year's were presented to the media during the press conference held at the CCP on June 28.

It stars Kristoffer King as Makoy, Kristoffer Martin as Abet, Tanya Gomez as Linda, Kim Komatsu as Daisy, Diva Montelaba as Carmen, Angelita Raymundo as Annabel.

SYNOPSIS The film set in a decadent world where even death becomes a provider. In a country where a cadaver may serve as license for holding a sakla operation (illegal gambling) in wakes, people may exploit the dead in order to generate income from the profits of gambling, and possibly pay for its burial. In Oros, a funeral parlor owner sells an unidentified body to Makoy, a kasero in a saklaan, who, along with his reluctant brother, Abet, set the stage for a three-week long fake wake holding the illegal saklaan. The sakla personnel deals with everyone involved, including Linda, an impoverished homeowner, as they agree upon a fictional story which will “legitimize” the wake.

FILMMAKER’S PROFILE Paul Sta. Ana graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Philosophy. After graduating with a Dean’s Award for the Arts, Paul eventually decided to pursue a career in media. He wrote and produced several videos and television specials which received recognition from the Cultural Center of the Philippines Awards for Alternative Video and Film and the Golden Dove Awards for Television. He won the Best Screenplay award for the film, Mayohan (Maytime) in the 2010 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and garnered a nomination for Best Screenplay from the Young Critics Circle and the Gawad Urian for the film Bisperas (Trespassers) in 2012.

Production: Director-Paul Sta. Ana; DOP-Rommel Sales; Story-Paul Sta. Ana and Obet Villela; Producers-Joey Abacan and Paul Sta. Ana; Co-producers-JD Beales and Josabeth Alonso; Line Producer-Krisma Maclang-Fajardo; Editor-Lawrence Fajardo; Musical Scorer-Gian Gianan; Sound Designer-Wildsound Ami; Asst. Director-Michael Cardoz; Production Managers- Ron Capili and Philip Buena; Production Design-Tonee Acejo.


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