Sharon Cuneta’s first indie ‘Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha’ gets nationwide release

“Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha,” the first independent film of Megastar Sharon Cuneta, has gotten a commercial release. The comedy-drama opens in theaters nationwide on September 6. Star Cinema, the film arm of ABS-CBN, is the distributor.

“Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha” premiered at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in early August to sold-out screenings. It tells the story of Cora (played by Sharon) who moves heaven and earth to gather the mythical Family Who Does Not Weep. Cora believes that by doing so, her estranged husband and children will return to their home.

In an interview, the singer-actress said that she was excited to do an offbeat role. “In this movie, you will never seen me like this anywhere else!” she emphasized.

With Sharon in the cast are Niño Muhlach, Moi Bien, Cris Villanueva, Richard Quan, Kiko Matos, Michelle Vito, Joe Gruta, Flor Salanga, Philip Olayvar, Alonzo Muhlach, Neneng Cabanos, Tads Obach, Ren Escano, and Marion Dizon.

The film features the hilarious banter between Sharon and Moi (who plays Cora’s inimitable maid, Bebang), a heartwarming story, and Sharon’s offbeat character. Another special treat is an original theme song sung and composed by Ely Buendia entitled, “Gabi Man, May Araw Din.”

“Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha” is written and directed by Mes de Guzman whose previous works like “Batang Trapo,” “Diablo,” and “Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong” have gotten acclaim here and abroad.

According to Direk Mes, the project with the Megastar took more than three years from the time he presented it to Sharon to the time it was completed. “Kaya lubos kaming natutuwa na maibabahagi namin ang pelikula sa mas maraming tao sa pamamagitan ng commercial run,” said Direk Mes.

Opening across the Philippines on September 6, 2017, “Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha” is distributed by Star Cinema.

James Franco stars in mind-bending, thrilling supernatural movie ‘The Vault’

An interesting fusion of action and the supernatural comes alive in “The Vault” where the audience will be taken into a thrilling hell ride -hardcore, horrifying, and heartbreaking – driven by a bank robbery, vengeful ghosts and three siblings who must learn to trust each other or die.

Starring multi-faceted James Franco along with Clint’s daughter, fast-rising star Francesca Eastwood and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” star Taryn Manning, “The Vault” is set in modern day – inside a timeworn bank in a small, forgotten, working-class city. It could be any city. The building is a relic from another time – a time of opulence that allowed for marble floors and lofted ceilings – like a cathedral designed for the worship of wealth and yet haunted by the victims of that same materialism. At its heart, the movie is a loyalty play. Three estranged siblings are caught in a desperate situation that forces the resolution of life-long conflicts. This day will make or break them. It’s love and a family bond versus fear and betrayal, forgiveness versus revenge, trust versus suspicion and this bank is the nightmarish battleground.

“The Vault” demanded vulnerable, truthful performances. This is a nonstop thrill ride. It opens with a gritty, heart-pounding bank heist. And as the siblings head for the underground vault, the story quickly ramps to a fast-paced, psychotic trip into darkness. It’s also a real pressure cooker, as most of the movie is tightly contained inside the Century Trust Bank itself and especially the dark, terrifying, labyrinthine basement below. The stakes couldn’t be higher. That containment – that claustrophobia – is key to a terrifying experience and will drive almost ever creative decision. When the violence does it, it will not be stylised or celebratory, it will be realistic and brutal. It will hurt,” shares director Dan Bush.

“The Vault” goes beyond the typical bank heist story and gives audiences a run for their lives. Director Dan Bush pegs it as “The Town” meets “The Grudge”.

The film co-stars Q’orianka Kilncher (Sky, Hostiles), Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim), and Michael Milford (Deserted, Adolescence).

“The Vault is set to hit cinemas nationwide on September 6, 2017 as distributed by Axinite Digicinema.