AFTER winning an international acting award for “Siphayo”, Nathalie Hart is now playing another demanding role in the Cinema One entry, “Tisay”, directed by Borgy Torre. So which one is the more challenging role?
“Mas maganda at mas mahirap ang role ko in ‘Tisay’,” she says. “Probinsiyana ako ritong napadpad sa Maynila at napunta sa crime lord na si Joel Torre. He’s bipolar. Anak ang turing niya sa’kin, pero ginagahasa ako. Brutal ang pakikipag-love making niya sa’kin. Sadista rin siya kaya binubugbog ako. May scene gumamit pa siya ng dildo at niyari ako sa likod. He ordered me na akitin si JC De Vera na isang magaling na basketball player and convince him to participate sa game fixing. Kaso, totoong na-in love ako kay JC at gusto ko nang kumalas kay Joel Torre so ayun, ginulpi ako nang todo.”
Will she win best actress in the Cinema One Filmfest Awards Night? “Kung mananalo ako, why not? It’ll be such an honor. Like I said, mas mahirap ang ginawa ko rito. Direk Borgy didn’t even want me to wear make up. Kapag mukha akong haggard, mas gusto niya. Nakaka-inspire kaeksena sina Joel Torre and JC De Vera rito kasi pareho silang napakagaling. Noong una kong scene with Joel Torre, I was intimidated kasi pagdating sa set, in character na agad siya. Pero sa second day namin, okay na ako kasi kapag magaling ang kaeksena mo, mahahawa ka, gagalingan mo rin.”
We know she didn’t allow her parents to watch “Siphayo” because of her nude scenes. How about here in “Tisay”? “Ay, isasama ko silang lahat sa premiere night namin in Trinoma bukas, Monday, 8 p.m. Very proud ako sa trabaho ko rito. Actually, ‘yung mama ko, after manalo akong best actress sa International Filmfest Manhattan, sabi niya, okay naman daw na magpa-sexy ako kasi it’s part of my job as an actress, so tanggap na niya. Ang hindi naka-take ng love scenes ko rito sa ‘Tisay’ was my Lebanese boyfriend. Ayaw niya, so nag-break na lang kami.”
Aside from this, Nathalie has also finished a new drama about philandering OFW’s, “Balatkayo”, where she plays Polo Ravales’ mistress when Polo is married to Aiko Melendez. “Our scenes ni Polo were shot in Dubai on location. ‘Yung wife niyang si Aiko naman works in Singapore. I’m lucky puro magagandang movies ang nagawa ko this year.”
Ronald Arguelles, head of Cinema One, says he and Star Cinema execs have seen “Tisay” and it’s quite well made. They also enjoyed Nathalie’s performance and Star Cinema is now asking to meet with her for a possible project in the future.
MOTHER LILY CLARIFIES REPORT ABOUT HER MMFF ENTRY
MOTHER Lily Monteverde is very happy when she hosted dinner at Gloria Maris because Regal’s current release, “The Escort” starring Derek Ramsay, Lovi Poe and Christopher de Leon is a certified hit. “It’s extended in 80 theaters at hindi bumababa ang theater attendance,” she says.
It’s also the first box office hit of Director Enzo Williams, whose first movie, “Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo”, didn’t do well at the tills when shown as a Metro filmfest entry two years ago.
Mother Lily wants to make it clear that Regal only has one entry in the coming December festival. “Iisa lang ang pinasok namin, ‘Mano Po 7: Chinoy’,” she says. “Hindi totoong pinasok namin yung ‘Our Mighty Yaya’. May two days pa siya. ‘Yung ‘Pwera Usog’, kauumpisa pa lang. ‘Yung sinasabi nilang ‘Shake 16’ and ‘Pagpag 2’, I don’t know where they got that. Wala kaming ganung movies. Basta iisa entry namin, ‘Mano Po 7’, wala na kaming ibang ipinasok.”
RAP TO BROTHER MARK: ‘WAG KANG SUSUKO
RAP Fernandez’ daughter, the precocious Tori, turned 5 years old last Friday, November 11, and he’s hosting a big children’s party for her next weekend. He’s also excited as the first movie where he plays a lead role, “Every Room is a Planet”, will be shown as an entry in the Cinema One Filmfest that starts this Monday. Directed by Malay Javier, the movie is a combination of science fiction and romance and Rap is paired with two leading ladies no less, Valeen Montenegro and Antoinette Taus. So how was it doing love scenes with both of them?
“It’s an honor,” he says. “I had a blast. Kaya lang, pinataba muna ako ng director namin dahil dapat daw, hindi sexy ang katawan ng character ko kundi dad bod.”
Valeen says her role is very intriguing as she plays a woman who believes that her would-be husband was abducted by aliens on the night of their wedding. “I have a love scene with Rap na kakaiba kasi habang nagro-romansa kami, napunta kami sa outer space,” she adds.
Going back to Rap, he says he just visited his Kuya Mark Anthony Fernandez in the Angeles City jail recently. “Doon din kasi nagte-tape ang soap na kasali ako, ‘Sa Piling ni Nanay’,” he says. “Nakabilanggo ang character ni Yasmien Kurdi doon kaya nadalaw ko siya. Lahat kami sa family, pinapa-feel namin na nandito lang kami para sa kanya and we are all praying for him kaya dapat huwag siyang sumuko dahil malalampasan din niya lahat ng pinagdaraanan niya.”
NOT-TO-BE-MISSED FOREIGN FILMS
AND here are more foreign film entries in the Cinema One Filmfest that you should not miss:
“JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE (IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD)” - This Canadian-French drama by Xavier Dolan is the entry of Canada in the best foreign language film category of the coming Oscar Awards so it’ll be up against our own “Ma Rosa”. It stars Gaspar Ulliel as a terminally ill writer who goes back home after 12 years of being away to announce his impending death to his family in a reunion filled with doubts and tension. Also starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Lea Seydoux.
‘ELLE’ - A French-German-Belgian psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven starring Isabelle Huppert as a businesswoman who is raped in her own home by an unknown man. She then tracks down her rapist and stalks him back. It got much critical acclaim when shown at the last Cannes Filmfest and is France’s entry in the coming Oscars.
“NERUDA” - Pablo Neruda is a famous Chilean poet-politician, but this is not a filmbio on him. Rahter, it is an inventive take showing the function rather than the life of a writer. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal who searches for Neruda (Luis Gnecco) after he goes into hiding in 1948.
“GOODNIGHT MOMMY” - If you love horror films, you’d enjoy this Austrian film about twin brothers, nine years old, who wait for their mom’s return in their lonesome house in the countryside. When she finally comes home, the mom’s face is heavily bandaged as she has undergone cosmetic surgery. But things don’t seem like they were before and the twins start to doubt whether this woman is actually their mother. What follows is a terrifying struggle with deadly consequences.