Columbia Pictures picks up distribution for Victor Villanueva's 'Patay Na Si Hesus'

Jul 26, 2017
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Local distribution rights for the Philippine comedy 'Patay na si Hesus' has been picked up by Columbia Pictures.

Christopher Sy, Columbia Pictures Philippines' managing director, announced that they are proud to be the distributor of the Jaclyn Jose-starred film.

"Columbia has always been supportive of the local movie industry and we see this as a step to getting more involved in the development of Filipino films. We couldn’t be happier to be working with the folks at T-Rex [the film's producer] in bringing this film to audiences nationwide,” Sy said.

Directed by young Cebuano filmmaker Victor Villanueva, "Patay na si Hesus" is one of the 12 films selected by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) for its first Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), which starts on August 16 in all cinemas nationwide.

With the scenic route from Cebu to Dumaguete as backdrop, the film serves up an unforgettably riotous road trip in which a single mother (Jose) drives her children in a cramped mini mini-van so they can pay their final respects to their father before he is laid to rest. The movie is in Bisaya and Tagalog. To prepare for her role, Jose took Cebuano lessons several weeks before the shoot.

Early reviews of the film are positive. 

"Sige kog katawa! (I couldn't stop laughing!) Irreverent, funny, and with just the right amount of kookiness," says Jerrold Tarog, director of the groundbreaking hit "Heneral Luna."

"I can make a top 10 list of best Pinoy road movies and this would be up there... maybe number 1," gushes Jade Castro, director of "Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington."

"Nakakaaliw, nakakatawa! Ang galing ng mga artista! Gusto kong magroad trip kasama nila," says Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, writer-director of "Kita Kita."

Respected screenwriter Ricky Lee notes that the film "celebrates the joyous imperfections of every Filipino family" and praises its "superb cast of quirky yet lovable characters." It is, he says, a movie "that will leave you crying and laughing at the same time.”

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Photo credits: T-Rex Entertainment

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