Ronnie Liang Strips Down For Esoterika: Maynila

The much-awaited Elwood Perez movie, “Esoterika: Maynila,” dubbed as the “new masterpiece,” will have its premiere screening tomorrow, 7 p.m. at the TriNoma Cinemas.

He related, “The protagonist – alternately ingenious and ingenious – plunges into the territory of the exalted, the charmed and the bizarre, swimming through the uncharted waters of the unique Filipino experience, emerging from it all as an authentic Manileño imbued with the thought that tolerance is sophistication.”

He also related how he veered from “standard-issue plot conventions” to create a “paradoxically moral tale of a young man en route to becoming a creative artist.”

Ronnie Liang Strips Down For “Esoterika: Maynila
Ronnie Liang Strips Down For “Esoterika: Maynila

Vince Tañada, who also played the lead in “Otso,” is a real revelation in the movie, and with much to show viewers, he noted, “I didn’t even know I was (going to do) it.”

“Esoterika: Maynila” is written by Direk Elwood and book author/columnist Jessica Zafra. The story is about a restaurant worker named Mario who transforms himself into a literary artist. In the cast are, among others, Ronnie Liang, Boots Anson Roa, Vince Tañada, Carlos Celdran, Snooky Serna, Lance Raymundo, Jon Hall, and Cecile Guidote Alvarez. The director says that his new film draws from his youth and personal experiences.

Meanwhile, the Indian film “The Lunchbox” will be shown at 5PM, a little ahead of “Esoterika: Manila,” also on November 9 at Trinoma Cinema 7 as a prelude to the C1 Originals opening night. “The Lunchbox” is a tale of friendship between a middle-age office worker and a young wife that was forged because of a misdelivered lunchbox. The topic is inspired by the real dabawallas (lunchbox delivery men) of Mumbai, India.

“The Lunchbox” has received 22 awards from international film festivals, including the Grand Golden Rail (Critics’ Week Viewers Choice) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.

The 2014 Cinema One Originals on its 10th year anniversary will be presenting 10 full-length competition films, short films, the Best of Asian Cinema, and restored classics. The festival runs from November 9-18 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Fairview Terraces and Greenhills Dolby Atmos. For the schedule of screenings of all the films, refer to the Cinema One Originals and Cinema One Channel Facebook pages, log on to (for Ayala cinemas) or call tel. 722-4496/ 722-4532/7224501 (for Greenhills Dolby Atmos).

Cinema One, the number one cable channel in the country is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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Written by Barbie Perez

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