“Ang Larawan” lead actress and executive producer Rachel Alejandro represents the country proudly, as she attends the October 25 opening ceremonies of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) with producer Girlie Rodis. Alejandro and Rodis will be walking the red carpet in elegant Francis Libiran creations. “It is even more gratifying that I am walking not just as an actor but one of the producing team for Ang Larawan, our passion project,” Rachel declared in her IG post.
Touchdown Tokyo! Excited to walk the red carpet with @showbizmanila tomorrow for my very first ever international film festival. It’s even more gratifying that I am walking not just as an actor but one of the producing team for Ang Larawan, our passion project. #anglarawanmovie #finally #grateful #tiff #AngLarawan #musicalngbayan #tokyo #japan #philippinecinema #opm
“Ang Larawan,” whose international title is “The Portrait;” is the one of the 10 films vying for the Asian Future Film prize at the TIFF. “Ang Larawan” is a Filipino musical based on Nick Joaquin’s three-act play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. Aside from Rachel, it stars Joanna Ampil and Paulo Avelino, and a great ensemble cast of singer-actors. The 30th TIFF marks the world premiere of the film written by National Artist Rolando Tinio and directed by Broadway set designer, Drama Desk Award nominee and Obie Award winner Loy Arcenas.
Basing from pre-TIFF buzz, “Ang Larawan” has stirred interest from the audience in Tokyo. Co-executive producer Alemberg Ang reported that tickets to the film’s screenings on October 30 (Monday) are almost sold out and October 31 (Tuesday) at the TOHO Cinemas in Roponggi Hills, are selling fast. He said, “When I found out that our first screening in Tokyo will be at 1:50 on Monday, I thought we would be lucky to just have a handful of audience members… I checked the Tokyo International Film Festival website, I was floored to find out that only a few seats are left. Our second screening, in much bigger venue, still has some seats left.”
Director Loy Arcenas, producers Girlie Rodis and Alemberg Ang and producer-actors Rachel Alejandro and Celeste Legaspi will be present at the screenings to answer questions and interact with the audience.