Cinema One Originals’ winning film “UPCAT” will be screened at Indiesine on Robinson’s Galleria from June 10 to 16. UPCAT is a story of two highschool buddies who believe that passing the UPCAT is their passport to fulfilling their dreams. The movie is directed by Carlo Roman Olivarez with screenplay written by Inna Miren Salazar and Alfred Geoffrey Reyes.
Movie trailer and ABS-CBN’s review at the end of this post.
Carrying the catchline ‘Ito and kuwento ng mga Sukatan, Pasikatan at Shaded Circles. Ito and Kuwentong UPCAT ni Lucas,’ the State University’s famous college entrance exam acronym becomes a coming-of-age melodrama that shows the dreams and aspirations, hopes and fears, and the roads in the academe teens take to make it in college.
UPCAT follows the personal journey and growth of two highschool seniors and buddies who believe passing the UPCAT will be a passport to their dreams.
Lucas (Rocco) can get near the girl he fancies so much and prove his worth to her family who are all UP graduates. Joaquin (Roble) on the other hand aims to get a solid job in the future and bring home his mother from her domestic helper employment overseas. Little do they know, that passing the UPCAT and making it in college will further open their minds to things more important things and broaden their perspectives and priorities in life.
Admitting that his failure to pass the UPCAT ironically became an inspiration for young director Olivarez to produce this brilliant film.
Olivarez introspects its plotline “is a relatable film for everyone. Kasi it’s all about dreams within and even after college eh. Lahat tayo may UPCAT story, nag-take man tayo or not, pumasa man tayo or bumagsak sa UPCAT.”
One of the finalists in the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival in 2008, UPCAT garnered great support in its screening at the UP Film Institute Theater in Diliman Campus following the awards nights in November last year. It also became the festival’s top-grosser in its December screening.
Somberly lighted yet youthful, this Happy Endings Film production is wonderfully juxtaposed with the background music of Raimund Marasigan.
UPCAT received a bevy of acclaim from students and professionals alike. Blogs and websites like Paperscratcher.com described it ‘nakakamiss,’ relating and referring to their college life. Its movie trailer with the rock n’ roll treatment was described ‘naka-inlove’. Mahaba-habang inuman.com says the movie is an ‘eye-opener. It’s a bridge to young adults’ dreams’.
Visual velocity.com proclaims it the ‘freshest, hippest teen flick on this side of the planet has arrived since Bagets. Actors Felix Roco and Joseph Roble possess chaste sincerity and raw, youthful innocence, which make them perfect to play Lucas and Joaquin—zealous high school students who’ll do anything to pass UPCAT, the state university’s dreaded, nerve-wracking entrance exam’.
Mario Bautista in his review for the Philippine Star says the film makes a ‘fairly impressive debut,’ referring to film maker Olivarez and says the film ‘is fun to watch even if you’re not from U.P.’
UPCAT at the IndieSine of the Robinson’s Galleria is part of the continuing celebration of Cinema One’s Grand Celebration of its 15 Years of leadership in the Philippine cable viewing arena.