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Elwood makes his mark anew with ‘Otso’

Elwood Perez

Elwood Perez

Awarded filmmaker Elwood Perez makes his presence felt again, especially to the younger generation of Pinoy movie aficionados, as master director in “Otso,” his entry to the country’s first Sineng Pambansa National Film FestivalĀ  All Masters Edition which starts today, Sept. 11 in SM Cinemas nationwide.

Funded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, “Otso” tackles the life of a screenplay writer, Lex, who in his bid to find his muse in penning his magnum opus gets intertwined with the “complicated and controversial lives” around him.

What prompted Elwood from his “self-confessed retirement” to helm “Otso” was its lead actor Atty. Vince M. TaƱada, who impressed him so much in the latterā€™s performance in an adult play by Philippine Stagers Foundation run by the lawyer.

“I became a fan. Hindi mahilig manuod ng plays pero nagustuhan ko mga ginagawa nila,” Elwood explained. “He was perfect for the role (inĀ ā€˜Otsoā€™). I was really impressed with his performance.”

Elwood describes Vince as an intense, passionate, hard working and dedicated actor. And for him, artists like Vince give hope and inspiration to the movie industry.

“When I met their group, nabuhayan ako,” quipped Elwood.

Elwood and Vince describe Otso” as akin to literary work.

“I would especially invite Literature students because this particular film has an introduction, climax, rising action, falling action, lahat ng pwede nilang pag-aralan nandito,”Ā  Vince said.

Also in “Otso” are Monique Azerreda, Vangie Labanan, Gabby Bautista, Jun Urbano and Ms. Anita LindaĀ  among others.

Recall that Elwood Perez made his debut via “Blue Boy” but he rose to popularity with his “family-funded-films” “Bawal; Asawa Mo, Asawa Ko,” “Isang Gabi, Tatlong Babae” which started the “bold movie trend” in theĀ ā€˜70s. Elwood also has to his credit films exhibited in international festivals like “My Brother, My Wife,” “The Real Life of Pacita M” and “Silip.”