After five years, Actress Aiko Melendez is returning in the big screen for this years Cinemalaya Film 'Asintado' directed by Louie Ignacio Produced by Ferdinand Lapuz.
Aiko was a personal pick of Director Louie Ignacio. “Asintado” is his(Louie) first Cinemalaya entry.
In a presscon held on Thursday, Aiko shares her experiences in doing this film.
When asked how was it doing this film Aiko describes the whole as pressured.
"I know how prestigious Cinemalaya is, that’s why yung pressure for me now is in my neck. Specially, ang daming entries ngayon na magagaling at para lang mapasama ko ngayon sa hanay ng pelikula na makakapasok this year is such a big privilege para sa akin.”
On a note Aiko mentioned that she salutes the big actors of today, because she finds them very humble despite their fame.
The story of 'Asinatdo' is set against the backdrop of the Taong Putik festival of the farming community of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, Asintado is about a mother of two (Julia, played by Aiko). When her older son (Jake Vargas) gets involved with a drug ring and botches a job, he brings down on himself and their town the wrath of drug ring boss Carias (Gabby Eigenmann). To escape Carias’s wrath, Julia is forced to turn to her autistic younger son (Miggs Cuaderno) who has an unimaginable talent as a skilled marksman who can shoot right between the eyes, hence the title of the film. The question is, does Julia risk her younger son’s safety and life to save the other?
According to her, the script was the main reason why she accepted it.
What is at stake for the moviegoers?
“Yung moral issue here is bakit in-allow ni Julia na turuan ang isang anak niya ng isang crime, pero lalabas din dito yung love of a mother for her children. So the argument will start paglabas sa sinehan na you’re thinking, would you be on Julia's side or sa isang side, it will make you think.”
What is the main message of this movie?
The message of the film is that “the love of a mother is unconditional. Ang ina, magagawa ang mga bagay na di pa nya nagagawa para sa mga anak nya. Kahit ang mga bagay na ayaw nyang gawin basta para sa mga anak nya gagawin nya lahat lahat.”
Aiko turns in a brilliant performance as Julia, and already, is being talked about as a contender for Cinemalaya Best Actress honors alongside Nora Aunor.
But whether she wins or not is immaterial. The mere fact that her name is being spoken of in the same breath as Nora’s is honor enough for her, says Aiko, who gave her all to the role. “When I accepted Asintado, siyempre may pressure ng kaunti because I’m playing lead again and that comes with a big responsibility. I needed to really study my lines by heart and was open to almost all suggestions just to make a particular scene perfect. So whether I win or not, okay lang." she adds.