July 18, 2018, 11:40 pm
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Sigrid Andrea Bernardo of ‘Kita Kita’ fame opens year with relationship drama ‘Mr. and Mrs. Cruz’

Far from being weighed down by the pressure of coming up with another blockbuster after 2017’s sleeper hit “Kita Kita,” director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo was looking as cool as a cucumber at the presscon of her new film, Viva Films and The IdeaFirst Company’s “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz.”

Bernardo simply refuses to feel any pressure, because, she reasoned, she has no expectations about her projects.

When she was writing “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz,” her goal was to make a quiet film with minimal characters, much like “Kita Kita.”

‘Yung ‘Kita Kita’ dadalawang tao rin naman ‘yun pero dito more lines. Kasi ang background ko from theatre, at kasi I was also a performer before so for me, challenging ang roles. At ang hirap mag direct ng pelikula, how to make it engaging na dadalawa lang ang characters mo. Kailangan mo mag-isip ng mga device to make it interesting,” she related.

 “We had to do script analysis, talk about the characters, kailangan i-map para hindi mawawala sa character.”

The movie is a relationship drama that sees its characters taking an exploration of their self while in picturesque Palawan. “It’s about finding yourself – love, marriage and commitment,” said Bernardo.

Shooting the film was a challenge though. “Literal na buwis buhay” as Sigrid describes it. In one of their shooting days, the team was almost got trapped by the tide. 

“Sobrang chill lang kami. Nagkakantahan pa in between shots, not knowing na super high tide na pala sa labas ng exclusive beach kung saan kami nagshu-shoot. Bago ka kasi makarating doon sa exclusive beach, kailangan mo munang pumasok sa isang cave. Sinabihan na lang kami ng guide namin na kailangan na naming lumabas dahil malakas na ang ulan at mataas na ang tubig sa labas. So, lumalabas pa lang kami ng cave ramdam na namin na mataas na talaga ‘yung tubig. As in, kailangan mong sumisid para makalabas ka,” she related.

“Mr. and Mrs. Cruz” is the story of Raffy and Gela who go on a vacation to spend time in Palawan, and find themselves enjoying each others’ company. As they spend more time together, their unconventional love story begins and flourishes. But soon enough, trouble in paradise arises as their views in love, commitment and marriage clash

JC Santos and Ryza Cenon play the titular characters. JC played the role of Fidel in the 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino top-grossing film, “100 Tula Para Kay Stella,” opposite Bela Padilla. Ryza, on the other hand, got her big break last year via the romance-horror film, “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B” and GMA-7’s hit series “Ika-6 na Utos.” 

“Mr. And Mrs. Cruz” was shot entirely in breathtaking El Nido, Palawan. It features a heart-tugging soundtrack performed by the hit group, The Juans and Nicole Omillo titled “Istorya” and “Before I Let You Go” (originally by Freestyle). It opens in cinemas on January 24.
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