Direk Joven pays homage to roots

March 20, 2019

DIRECTOR Joven Tan started as a writer then editor at the GASI Publications in the 80s. He now pays homage to his roots in his new movie, “Pansamantagal”, where Bayani Agbayani plays a writer who’s having personal problems so he hies off to the beach to unwind and meets Gelli de Belen in the process. In the film, Perla Bautista even plays a character similar to the GASI boss then, Mrs. Paguio.

“Nakaka-miss kasi 'yung era noon na ang daming magazines and komiks na wala na ngayon,” he says. “Ang dami tuloy writers at illustrators na nawalan ng trabaho.”

Why is the title of his movie, which is now showing in theaters nationwide, “Pansamantagal”? “Kasi it’s about relationships na akala mo, pansamantala or temporary, pero nagtatagal pala or it lasts beyond your expectations. Five years na itong script na ito sa akin. E, heto, nagustuhan ng Reality Entertainment so naging pelikula na. Ang concept ko nito, 'yung bidang lalaki, comedian, pero hindi siya basta magpapatawa this time, at 'yung leading lady, disenteng babae na hindi mo akalaing makakapagmura or deliver 'yung matatapang na dialogue. In fairness to Bayani and Gelli, they quickly understood 'yung requirements ng roles nila. 'Yung characters nina Bayani and Gelli rito, they just meet by accident sa beach, then they start a friendship that they did not expect will go into something else just like the title says, pansamantala na nagtagal pala.”

He says a lot of people will be able to relate to the story. “Sumasalamin kasi ito sa mga sitwasyon ngayon na maraming tao, kontento na sa pagpasok sa isang pansamantalang pag-ibig na pansamantala rin ang kaligayahan, kaya ipinagdarasal mong sana, magtagal kahit gaano pa ito kahirap o kakomplikado,” he adds. “I’m happy because both Gelli and Bayani, kuhang-kuha nila perfectly 'yung nuances ng respective roles nila and they both deliver touching performances as their characters, Agnes and Leo. This is a feel-good movie kaya masisiyahan ang viewers.”