Adolf Alix’ “Circa” relives the glory days of Philippine cinema through its characters – with the great Anita Linda (who at 94 is the oldest working actor in the industry) headlining the film about Doña Atang, a once celebrated film producer in the early days of cinema who wants to be reconnected with her peers as she celebrates her 100th birthday. But her wish opens up a Pandora’s box as her filmmaker/grandson, played by Enchong Dee, searches for them.
Aside from Miss Linda and Enchong, “Circa” boasts of a fine ensemble that puts together some of the finest actors of Philippine cinema – Cannes Best Actress winner Jaclyn Jose; awarded actors Laurice Guillen, Elizabeth Oropesa, Gina Alajar, and Ricky Davao. Also in special roles are acting stalwarts Perla Bautista, Rustica Carpio, Liza Lorena, Rosanna Roces, Alessandra de Rossi, Menggie Cobarrubias and Alan Paule with Joel Saracho, Ge Villamil, Tetay Ocampo, Erlinda Villalobos, Rener Concepcion and upcoming actors Oliver Aquino, Kim Last, Adrian Pascual and Joel Palencia.
Aside from being a tribute to Philippine cinema, “Circa” is also dedicated to the late Eddie Garcia, who is also part of the cast and plays a celebrated actor in the studio era. Garcia passed away June 20 of this year.
“Circa” not only touches on the issues of nostalgia but it also is a drama about a family that wrestles between the past and the future as Doña Atang’s siblings are beset with the conflicts of what to do with their family’s legacy.
Written and directed by Adolfo Borinaga Alix, Jr., “Circa” will be shown in cinemas from September 13 to 19 as an official entry in the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. The film is produced by Noble Wolf ABAJ Film Productions and RSVP with the support from the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and distributed by Solar Pictures.