IT’s a double cinematic treat this March as Star Cinema releases two of last year’s most talked about Cinema One Originals Festival entries – Baka Bukas and 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten. Baka Bukas, which is a finalist in the narrative category in last year’s Cinema One Originals Festival and recipient of its coveted Audience Choice Award, marks the feature film directorial debut of Samantha Lee – who also received critical acclaim both locally and internationally because of her riveting documentary titled Agos (Waves).
Baka Bukas stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Louise Delos Reyes – two of today’s most promising young actresses. The film offers a fresh take on significant issues that has always been part of the lives of today’s youth – from complicated relationships to career struggles, as well as their whirlwind journey of acceptance from their families, friends, and most especially, themselves.
Jasmine, who also starred in Transit, which was the official Philippine entry to the 86th Academy Awards under its Best Foreign Language Film category, bagged the Best Actress award for her role as Alex in Baka Bukas. As Alex, Jasmine captivated audiences by portraying the role of a 20-something lesbian working multiple jobs while being secretly in love with her best friend. Louise on the other hand captures the complexities of a typical millennial trying her hardest to find, and not lose at that, her true self in the process of chasing her dreams as she plays the role of Jess.
2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten is directed by Petersen Vargas and it took home the Best Picture award during last year’s Cinema One Originals Festival. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten is the fruition of Vargas’ translation of writer Jason Paul Laxamana’s powerful words into compelling cinematic imagery. As a young director, Vargas currently has four nominations and a win under his belt in different film festivals and award-giving bodies. Featured in the ensemble cast of 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten are Jameson Blake, Ethan Salvador and Khalil Ramos.
Ethan Salvador is a Top 40 finalist of Pinoy Boyband Superstar and a Star Magic artist. Ethan was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Magnus Snyder. Khalil Ramos, who is also a Star Magic artist and a Star Music recording artist, received a Best Actor nomination for portraying the role of Felix. A second placer in Pilipinas Got Talent, Khalil’s Star Cinema film credits include A Second Chance and The Achy Breaky Hearts. Jameson Blake, who is a former Pinoy Big Brother housemate and is currently a member of It’s Showtime’s Hashtags boy group, also received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Maxim Snyder in the film.
Both films are hip, fresh, risky, adventurous, and hopeful. Baka Bukas and 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten pose the question to every millennial: how much do you love your best friend? The characters in both movies dare to love their best friends even if it is complicated, even if it means waiting, and ultimately even if it means risking their friendships.
Witness the limitless bounds that true friendship could surpass in these two films that every millennial and movie aficionado should not miss. Bukas Bukas is showing in cinemas nationwide starting March 1 and 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten hits cinemas nationwide starting March 15.