T-Rex Entertainment and OctoArts Films have just revealed the full trailer for its newest offering—the musical dramedy “Deadma Walking,” which has been selected as an official entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.
The story revolves around gay BFFs (best friends for life) John and Mark played by Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman. Their friendship is put to the test when one of them has a terminal illness and asks the other to help him stage his fake death, wake, and funeral as his dying wish. The result is a comedy of “deadly” proportions.
“Deadma Walking” also features the special participation of Gerald Anderson, Vin Abrenica, and Ms. Eugene Domingo. They are joined by Candy Pangilinan, Dimples Romana, Ricci Chan, Jojit Lorenzo, Nicco Antonio, Ruby Ruiz, Bing Pimentel, and Bobby Andrews.
“The netizens seem to love it the way I loved the story the first time I read it!” exclaimed Rex Tiri, the film’s executive producer, on the reception of the online community about the trailer, which has amassed over 500,000 views across different platforms five hours since its launch.
Director Julius Alfonso reacted to Cinema Bravo on his film being a dark horse among the eight official entries of the film festival: “Oh yes, the theme may be dark, but mind you, you will see the light… not from the tunnel, though, but from that spotlight of your life and from that lightness of being, loving and living. Dying has never been this sweet and fun. Deadma Walking promises to make you conquer that fear of the inevitable.”
“Deadma Walking” is based on an award-winning screenplay written by Eric Cabahug. It won 2nd Prize in the Screenplay division of the 2016 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the most prestigious literary prize in the Philippines. Past winners in the same category include the blockbuster romance-comedy “That Thing Called Tadhana.”
Cabahug shared his reaction: “Dying with anxiety and excitement. After 3 years of laboring to bring this screenplay to the big screen, we’re finally hitting cinemas in leas then 3 weeks! Hope the public embraces the movie as tightly as the Palanca jury embraced the screenplay.”
To be released and distributed by T-Rex Entertainment and OctoArts Films, “Deadma Walking” opens December 25, 2017 across Philippine cinemas. Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board. Rated PG by the MTRCB.