Last November 11, The Cinema Evaluation Board graded the indie feature Concerto an “A”, granting it a 100% tax rebate based on its artistic and technical merits.
The first full length film of filmmaker Paul Alexander Morales, Concerto has previously been heralded as an “ambitious historical film” and in its theme and execution “confident” even as it departs from the usual indie film fare. Concerto is one of the first Filipino films to focus on the war experience in Mindanao.
The film, set in Davao City in 1944, stars Jay Aquitania, Meryll Soriano, Shamaine Buencamino, Nonoy Froilan and Ynna Asistio. It also features a rare Japanese cast that include Hiro Sakoda, Masaya Okazawa, Hiroshi Okamoto, Lisa Takayama and Kazumi Yoshida.
The limited release of Concerto in five cinemas; Glorietta 4, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM South Mall and Indie Sine at Robinson’s Galleria, starts November 19, 2008.
Concerto’s release heralds the wider showing of the acclaimed Cinemalaya 2008 films, with limited runs of Boses, 100 and Jay scheduled in the last quarter of 2008.
Concerto is also scheduled to be shown in Davao City in December 2008, where it has been invited to be the opening film of the annual Mindanao Film Festival, a limited run in SM Davao follows.
The film's trailers can be viewed at www.youtube.com/arthmael69 and at www.digitalspiritfilms.com