‘INCREDIBLE. A national treasure. She can win an Oscar award.’ Ito ang tinuran ng American director na si Ben Rekhi kay Alessandra de Rossi. Galing na galing kasi ang direktor sa aktres na bida sa idinirehe niyang Watch List na mapapanood na sa Pebrero 19 handog ng Reality Entertainment.
Sayang nga lang at hindi nakarating nang hapong iyon si Alessandra dahil may emegency daw ayon kay Rein Escano, ang publicist ng Watch List. Sana’y narinig niya ang mga papuri sa kanya ng direktor.
Anyway, ani Direk Ben, “The level of talent that Alessandra brought to this is incredible.
“I think she’s a national treasure. I think she can win an Oscar one day. She’s truly one of the greats, not just here but in the world.”
Hanga rin si Direk Ben sa iba pang artistang kasali sa kanyang pelikula, “Jake Macapagal, who is very well known in Hollywood for his work in Metro Manila, brought a level of intensity that is going to surprise people.
“Art Acuña is also a force of nature. One of the breakout performance is Micko Laurente, who plays Alessandra’s teenage son.
“I think he’s just going to absolutely break people’s hearts.”
Tayalakayin sa pelikula ang ukol sa ilegal na droga gayundin ang unconditional love ng isang ina, na handang gawin ang lahat para maprotektahan ang kanyang pamilya lalo na ang kanyang anak.
Nabuo ang konsepto ng pelikula nang makita ng American direktor ang isang litrato. Paliwanag niya, ”I came across a photograph of a woman holding her husband, and I could not shake this image from my head.
“I woke up thinking about it, I went to bed thinking about it, and I just felt compelled to understand further what had led to that. And so, I found the journalist who arranged the story and I called her here in Manila.
“And she told me story after story of stories she’s covering and people she’s covering here, and I couldn’t believe it and understand.
“She invited me to come to Manila, and I spent couple of weeks with her and her journalist friends.
“It’s a very human story. At its most basic, it’s about the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children,” aniya pa.
Naisali na pala ang Watch List sa iba’t ibang international film festivals tulad ng Deauville American Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Bahamas International Film Festival, International Film Festival of India, Nashville Film Festival, at Mill Valley Film Festival.
Nanalo rin ito ng Most Disturbing Fiction Film Award sa 2020 Tournai Ramdam Festival sa Belgium.
ni Maricris Valdez Nicasio