"Mga Mumunting Lihim": A Film About Friendship Created by Friends

10:21:00 PM

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure meeting one of the most fascinating film directors of our time. It was an interesting experience seeing "Direk" Jose Javier Reyes whose movies never fail to entertain us.

In a writing career that spans thirty years and a listing of directorial works close to sixty movies, this is the very first time that Reyes ventured into making a film outside the studio system to finally join what he deems as the new directions and true future of Philippine cinema.

"Mga Mumunting Lihim" (Those Little Secrets) is the first independent film written and directed by Jose Javier Reyes ~

The decision to finally make an indie movie came at what Reyes feels is the right time and project. MGA MUMUNTING LIHIM is what he considers as his most personal work. Admittedly, he concedes that no mainstream studio will agree to produce a project that defies conventional storytelling and, more so, places popular mainstream actresses againts their usual typecast.

Reyes emphasizes that MGA MUMUNTING LIHIM is a film about friendship created by friends.

The film centers on what happens to four female friends in their thirties - as they confront certain realities in their changing lives. It also dwells on the fragile chains that bind people together, the volatile nature of friendship and how the years of camaraderie do not and cannot guarantee a total knowledge of one another. It is those little secrets and heartaches accumulated through time that can make friendship stronger - or destroy everything that the years have put together.

Reyes also states that without the kindness, time and talent given by his lead actresses - Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro, janice de Belen and Judy Ann Santos - the film could not have been done. These actresses did not only contribute their precious time but agreed to do the film pro bono out of their love for the project - and the chance to portray roles they could not have otherwise obtained in commercial movies.

MGA MUMUNTING LIHIM also features Roeder Camanag, Lui Manansala, Madeline Nicolas, Gino de le Pena and Kim Komatsu.

Gala premiere of the movie is on July 25, 2012 at 9PM at the CCP Main Theater as part of the Directors' Showcase of CINEMALAYA 2012.

All the best,

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