MANILA – Star Cinema’s phenomenal movie “A Second Chance” starring John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo is set to be the first Filipino film to break into the mainstream film circuit in Europe.
This, after ABS-CBN President and CEO Charo Santos-Concio announced during the recently held iEmmys in New York City that the Kapamilya network and its international arm, The Filipino Channel (TFC), will soon “raise the curtain for more Pinoy greats at Europe’s major theaters.”
“We have great stories to tell. I believe in the Filipino genius. I believe in the Filipino creativity and I know that one day Filipino content will be as big as other content in other parts of the world,” she said in her speech at the iEmmys.
TFC’s John D. Lazatin, for his part, said: “The screening of Filipino movies from Star Cinema and key partners will open the doors for the Filipino movie-going audience. Just imagining the likes of ‘A Second Chance’ screened alongside Hollywood movies and Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz alongside international stars confirms that the Filipino has indeed arrived.”
“A Second Chance” will be screened in Vue cinemas in the United Kingdom and via other major theaters in Milan, Rome, Messina, Padova, Paris, Madrid, and Vienna starting December 5 and 6.
With this development, ABS-CBN managing director for Europe Kai Rodriguez said she is excited for all the Filipinos in Europe because TFC has again helped in bringing them closer to home.
“While we have been able to share the best of Filipino creativity, the versatility of the Filipino talent and the Pinoy’s thespian abilities in our homegrown films, through our events both small or large scale, we can now let a wider range of Filipinos enjoy the same movies their Kapamilyas enjoy back home,” she said.