Actors Jake Cuenca and Joem Bascon star in an independent film “Lihis”, an entry to the 2013 Sineng Pambansa All Masters Series Film Festival.
Lihis is written by award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee and directed by Joel Lamangan who tries to relive the characters of the actual people he knew during the 1970s.
The movie features the two actors as communist rebels during the 70′s who fell in love with each other amid their struggle for freedom and discouragement from the people around them.
Among the cast is Isabelle Daza, a present-day history teacher tries to crack the mystery behind her godfather’s torn image in her baptismal photo. Her investigation eventually led her to the turbulent seventies and a barrio massacre that proves her belief that the government “erases” certain events in history.
Lihis also features intimate scenes between the characters, especially those of Joem Bascon and Jake Cuenca.
Although Joel Lamangan stressed that the movie is not a gay film.
“Our movie is not a gay film. It’s a story that happens to have gay characters,” he said in an interview.
Lihis also stars Lovi Poe, Gloria Diaz, Raquel Villavicencio, Tony Mabesa, Alex Castro and Jaime Pebanco.
Lihis is among the 12 entries to the Sineng Pambansa All Master Series Film Festival, scheduled this September 2013. The film festival is organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
The movie is yet to have a screening date.
Official Extended trailer of Lihis
On Monday, the extended trailer of Lihis was released and can be viewed below. Viewer discretion is advised due to sexual and violent theme of the clip:
Photos and screen grabs from the movie
Photos courtesy of Dennis C. Evangelista