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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 30, 2015

Director Jun Lana Back To Mainstream Romcom, 'The Prenup', After Winning Awards For An Indie Film

AFTER WINNING several awards for his indie film, “Anino sa Likod ng Buwan” (including the best director plum), at Vladivostok, Russia, Jun Lana now goes mainstream again in Regal Entertainment’s heartwarming romcom, “Pre-Nup” which pairs Kapuso actress Jennylyn Mercado with Kapamilya actor Sam Milby for the first time. He also wrote the screenplay of the film which was shot partly on location in New York City. Direk Jun is so thankful that the universe conspired and made everything okay while they were working there.

“I was worried noong una kasi the weather can be unpredictable but in all fairness to the climate, nakisama siyang mabuti the whole time na nagsu-shoot kami roon,” he says. “Wala kaming naging anumang problema at all and everything went on smoothly. Lahat ng locations where we shot the movie, legal, may permit at magaling yung nakuha naming mga tao at coordinators doon kasi lahat ng locations na gusto ko sa Big Apple, nakuhanan nila ng permit, like Central Park and Times Square kasi sobrang dami ng tao at hindi mo makontrol.”

How about his two lead stars? “They’re both okay. Noong una, we thought magkakaproblema kami sa schedule ni Sam pero naayos naman and everything went well. Sila lang talaga ang personal choices ko for their roles in the movie and I’m so happy na pumuede sila. Walang naging anumang hassles at all and masaya kaming lahat sa shooting. Walang naging sakit ng ulo.”

In the story, Jennylyn plays Wendy, a bubbly, babaeng bakla girl reared by a gay couple, Gardo Versoza and Dominic Ochoa, with Melai Cantiveros and Ella Cruz as her stepsisters. She looks for her biological dad in the U.S. so she flies to New York. Inside the plane, she meet Sam as Sean, a top photographer who goes back and forth to New York for his art gallery. In New York, as maybe expected, they fall in love and when they return to Manila, they decide to get married. But Sam’s wealthy parents, Jaclyn Jose and Freddie Webb, are both matapobre types and cannot accept the poor Jennylyn who's ampon ng mga bakla to be Sam’s wife without her signing a pre-nuptials agreement first. Hence, the title, “The Prenup”. Also in the cast are Neil Coleta and Natalie Hart. This will open in theaters nationwide on October 14, with cinematography by Carlo Mendoza and music by Emerzon Texson.