Award-winning actor Coco Martin said he was pleased with the initial success of his independent film "Kinatay", the Philippines' main entry to the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.
"Sobrang saya po. Kasi sa pangalawang pagkakataon ay napansin nila ang pelikula ko," Martin said.
This is Martin's second year at the Cannes, after his film "Serbis" was screened last year. The film was also directed by Brillante Mendoza and competed for the Palme d'Or.
The actor, who just arrived in country from France in order to continue shooting for ABS-CBN's hit televisions series "Tayong Dalawa", also shared some of his experiences at the Cannes, including meeting acclaimed director American Quentin Tarantino.
"Bale nakita ko doon si direk Quentin Tarantino kasi nanood siya ng screening namin and then kinongratulate niya kami. Natutuwa nga kami kasi at least sa pangalawang pagkakataon ay nagustuhan ulit ng mga tao doon," the actor said.
Martin, who is now considered as one of the great young actors in showbiz, said that his experience in Cannes boosted his self-confidence.
"Ngayon, medyo kampante na [ako] kasi noong first time ko sa Cannes, medyo nerbiyoso ako. Ngayon, medyo may confidence na ako," the actor said.
Dubbed as the "Indie Prince", Martin said that he already heard of rave reviews for "Kinatay." As to criticisms, meanwhile, he said that he respects everyone's opinion and knows that he and "Kinatay's" film team cannot please everybody.
"Natutuwa kami na at least sa pangalawang pagkakataon ay nagustuhan ng mga tao doon. Siyempre hindi natin maiiwasan na may mix[ed] reviews. Mayroong ayaw, mayroong hindi, kasi hindi lahat ng tao ay mapi-please naman," he said.
For his part, Martin said he believes that "Kinatay" is a very unique and intense film.
"Sobrang iba. Hindi ko ma-explain kung bakit ganoon, which is, 'yon ang objective ng pelikula - na habang nanonood ka ay nae-experience mo kung ang pangyayari na nakikita mo, hindi 'yon parang nanonood ka lang," he explained.
"Kinatay" (literally meaning "butchered") revolves around the life of a college student who witnessed a woman's murder.