Here’s why Paolo Contis’ film ‘Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap’ cannot get cinema slots

November 26th, 2018
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Actors and supporters of the film are dismayed by the restriction of Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap’s screening in local movie houses. In an Instagram post, Paolo Contis—who is one of the lead stars of the film—penned his disappointment over the decision.

The actor disclosed that the title, which is sending “bad connotation” to the public, is the reason why the film can’t get cinema slots.

“According to them, the movie is sending a bad connotation to the public because of its title (when our only intention is to entertain our audience and give a good laugh for less than 2 hours). This is our own way of making it light for the Filipino people. ‘We think what you’re doing is the REAL HOLDAP.'”

Meanwhile, LJ Reyes, who’s one of the supporters of the film, argued that it needs the same support as foreign movies.

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This is a sad day. The movie has been rated R-16 by the MTRCB, which means only 16 yrs old and above are allowed to watch the film. Kids below 16 yrs. old are not allowed because of some language and content. As a parent, I appreciate and respect this rating and would’ve rated this movie the same. However, as an artist and audience (who has already seen the complete edit of the film), I am deeply saddened. Why? 1. Marius Talampas’s witty comedy as a writer and impeccable comedic timing and visuals as a director make this film unique from it’s contemporary. 2. The chemistry of the cast was undeniably strong! This is the first time the four main cast worked together, but each brought a flavor of his own, injecting their own kind of humor and character. Supporting cast were also great as their characters. Hint: A hilarious comedic injection from Pen Medina was for me one of the funniest punch lines in the movie! Not one soul in the theater was quiet at that time! 3. I just think it’s so ironic that we support foreign films orchestrating grand heists or films that just follows male-character-driven adventures, but cannot support our own just because of the title. How often have we said “DON’T JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER!” but still we do every chance we get. It’s upsetting that we are limiting our fellow people, our artists, to create materials that the only intention was to make other people laugh, so they can lighten up somebody’s lonely day or maybe a group of friends just wanted to have some laugh or take a break from a stressful day. The MTRCB rating exists for a reason, and we support and respect that. We are happy to be given an opportunity to make young adults and older a chance to laugh and relax! What we are so unhappy about is that doors are being closed on us just because of the title used by the film to attract audience. It may not be an ideal situation because it’s a fictional story created to make the audience laugh. It may resemble reality, but it is not reality. Just like the foreign films we all love and support. Let’s not forget it’s a comedy film not a documentary. #SupportFilipinoFilms #SarilingAtin

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She mentioned, “I just think it’s so ironic that we support foreign films orchestrating grand heists or films that just follows male-character-driven adventures, but cannot support our own just because of the title. How often have we said ‘DON’T JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER!’ but still we do every chance we get.'”

The actress further defended her opinion, saying that: “It may not be an ideal situation because it’s a fictional story created to make the audience laugh. It may resemble reality, but it is not reality. Just like the foreign films we all love and support. Let’s not forget it’s a comedy film not a documentary.”

Written and directed by commercial director Marius Talampas,”Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap”, also stars Jerald Napoles, Jelson Bay, and Pen Medina.

The film is scheduled to open in cinemas on November 28, 2018.

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