VIVA Films and N2 Productions join forces to bring to the big screen a different take on the story of five young women struggling to mend their broken hearts inside a camp that helps them recover from their awful experiences in love.
The film is called Camp Sawi and it unspools in theaters nationwide on Aug. 24, now dubbed by the producers as National Sawi Day.
Camp Sawi is a Joyce Bernal production for VIVA Films and N2. Written and directed by Irene Villamor, the film was shot partly, or most of it, in Bantayan Island, Cebu.
The movie stars five of today’s hottest and sexiest young actresses – Andi Eigenmann, Bela Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Kim Molina, and Arci Munoz. Also in the cast is Kapamilya hunk Sam Milby with the special participation of Kapuso actor, Dennis Trillo.
As Bridgetie (Bela), Jessica (Yassi), Gwen (Arci), Joan (Kim) and Clarisse (Andi), these five young ladies become each other’s shoulder to cry on inside the camp.
Bridgette is a bank teller dumped by her long-time Chinese boyfriend. She and her ex were together for 10 years before the guy decided to break up with her to marry another girl.
Jessica, meanwhile, is a young perky cheerleader, who finds out that her boyfriend is in love with someone else.
Gwen works for a band with her boyfriend, who eventually breaks up with her. Joan, on the other hand, is left by her lonesome when her fiancé dies after proposing to her.
Lastly, Clarisse is a former actress who suffers the consequences of being the other girl.
The five girls seek relief from all the heartaches and find guidance and strength from young and good-looking Camp Sawi head coach-cum-resident chef, Louie (Sam).
“Super fun movie” is how Bela describes Camp Sawi.
And the fun the girls had while shooting is evident in the trending “Limang Bobo” spoof video of the now-popular hugot song “Tatlong Bibe.”
Also a hit with the netizens is the “Lola” character whose sarcastic yet hilarious one liners are aimed at putting some sense into the girls’ heads.
Arci shares that the film is really a fun outing. She adds that moviegoers will surely be able to identify with the characters.
“At saka ‘yon yung tipo na, kunwari, mapapanood mo siya, parang gusto mo talaga na magkaroon ng Camp Sawi. Marami kasi ang nagiging broken hearted. Minsan hindi talaga nakakapag-move on kasi napakahirap naman talaga mag-move on,” she goes on.
As for Bela, what sets Camp Sawi apart from other hugot movies is its focus on the female characters and how they deal with heartbreak and the idea of moving on.
“Feeling ko, first time nating makakakita ng movie na yong chemistry between girls ay hindi kailangang katulad ng pinapanood natin dati - isang girl at isang guy. Mas makikita rito yung relationship naman ng mga babae, kung paano sila magtutulungang mag-move on,” she relates.
So, join Andi, Bela, Yassi, Kim and Arci as they mend their broken hearts and find true healing in VIVA Films and N2 Productions’ Camp Sawi, showing in cinemas nationwide on National Sawi Day, Aug. 24.
Acclaimed filmmaker and Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza confirmed its first film workshop in Baliuag, Bulacan on Aug. 25 and 26.
Dubbed as Brillante Film Festival, the event will feature one of Mendoza’s newest film, Taklub.
Topbilled by Nora Aunor, it is a fictionalized account of three survivors of the Super Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines in 2013. The film was premiered at Un Certain Regard where it won the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Ecumenical Jury Prize Special Mention.
Students from various schools and universities as well as aspiring film makers in Bulacan will have the rare opportunity to view the award winning film and to meet as well as interact with the director.
In the Film Appreciation Workshop, Mendoza will give an in-depth view of Philippine Independent Film Making. His workshop will also include the never seen footages of Taklub that detail his technical know-how and comprehensive aspects of film making such as direction, screenplay, cinematography, acting, production design, sound, and editing.
Mendoza, who is known for his advocacies on tackling social issues, hopes to inspire participants’ critical thinking skills while improving their capacity in appreciating the alternative art movement called “indie-film”.
The Brillante Film Festival is a joint project of Center stage Productions Inc., SM Cinema, and SM City Baliwag. It is also a part of Director Mendoza’s advocacy to rethink and redefine cinema by sharing his knowledge and experience in filmmaking with the new generation.
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