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Remton Zuasola' s Swap is a finalist of the very first Sinag Maynila film festival which recently held its gabi ng parangal at the SM Aura Sky Park.

More than a good film, Swap is a very unique presentation. It' s a difficult execution both for the director and actors since it' s a one long take shot and has a non-linear storyline.

Swap is a story of a young father who is torn between solving a crime and committing another crime when one day his only son is kidnapped and the criminals demand him to steal another kid in exchange for the life of his son.

Playing the role of the father is Matt Daclan, and playing his wife is his fellow Cebu pride Dionne Monsanto.

Yours truly got a chance to have a one-on-one talk with her. She was very nice and accommodating.

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How did you got into the role?

I auditioned for the role in Cebu in January. The role is probably the most challenging role I've ever done since I started acting back in 2002. 

What are the challenges of acting as a mother?

The real challenge is portraying a real person and doing one's best playing that person in order for the viewers to fully understand how agonizing the pain the mother felt during the kidnapping of her son. 

Did you experience any difficulties?

There's one thing that was extremely difficult for me to do, and that was the experience of doing one long take with no cuts or take twos. 

How do you find independent & mainstream acting?

There are a lot of differences when it comes to acting between independent & mainstream films. Mainstream films, because they cater to a certain crowd, does at least 2 takes for one scene/sequence. To really catch the tiniest important details. Independent films do not necessarily need to do that, especially with our film. Since Indies, more often than not, tackle about the nitty-gritty, the actor's approach is different. One's approach has to be very raw. The two have very different disciplines and are both interesting to work on. Personally though, I enjoy watching & working on independent films very much.

Here's a video interview with her by Bernard Santos


Catch Dionne Monsanto on Swap, a Sinag Maynila entry.

Catch the last few days at SM Cinema Megamall, SM Cinema North EDSA, SM Cinema Manila, SM Cinema Fairview, SM Cinema Southmall, SM Cinema Mall of Asia, and SM Cinema Aura Premier.
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