DIRECTOR Yam Laranas scored big in the 2004 Metro Filmfest with “Sigaw”, which he did for Regal Films, and this was later remade in Hollywood as “The Echo”. It’s now Yam’s first time to work with Anne Curtis in Viva’s Metro Filmfest entry, “Aurora”, and he praises her for her total dedication to the project.
“We stayed for a total of two weeks and three days in Batanes during the shoot and she never complained about the not-so-comfortable conditions we had there,” he says. “We have plenty of underwater scenes and she refused to use a double even in the diving scenes where she’s required to stay underwater for several minutes. I don’t want to put her in danger as the current is really strong, but she’s a real trouper and very professional.”
So would he like to work with her again? “Of course, give me Anne anytime. She is a director’s delight dahil napakagaang katrabaho. We need more stars like her in the industry who doesn’t give headaches to the people she works with.”
The “Aurora” in the film’s title refers to a ship that sunk in the middle of the sea with more than a thousand passengers. Anne owns the only inn in the island and the relatives of the victims ask her help to look for possible survivors. Anne agrees but it is then that mysterious and scary things start happening to Anne and her younger sister, with restless souls making apparitions to them that will surely give the viewers of “Aurora” a good scare. For added atmosphere, Yam got the music of top Swedish musician, Oscar Fogelstrom, for the scoring. “We have worked before in my movie, ‘Abomination, and I like it that he brings so much sensitive resonance to the score by finding its emotional content and making the most of it in the most surprising and unexpected ways,” Yam reveals.