IT IS inevitable that people think of the movie Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold Story as a propaganda to promote the Mayor of Manila who is also running for re-election. Cesar Montano, producer-director-actor of the movie begs to disagree.
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim chose Montano not only to play him on the big screen in the fourth (and probably the last) installment of the movie version of life. Montano says, “We are very proud of our movie. There was a conscious effort on the part of everyone involved in the production to come up with a film that tells a beautiful story. When you watch the movie, there is no propaganda involved. We are hoping you will see what we saw—an extraordinary individual, a hero in his own right, that aims to inspire and teach by just being himself,” he says.
The actor adds that this movie on the life of Manila Mayor reveals the facet of the public figure never before seen by the public. “In the movie, we have a better insight into the character of the Mayor. His roots, the travails and tragedies he faced even as a child, and all these events that led to him turning up to be the great man that he is today.”
Montano says he wants this movie to be in film festivals abroad. “We know that this is the kind of movie that will interest the international movie audience, too. We have high hopes that we can bring this to them.”
The actor-director and producer is feeling the pressure because he is also starring in Never Say Goodbye, a heavy drama on TV5 with superstar Nora Aunor and Alice Dixson. The long hours he spends for both projects oftentimes leave him exhausted. But he is not complaining. He says, “Sometimes it’s really very challenging but the adrenaline just kicks in every time. The satisfaction is also very rewarding. The freedom to give life to the character, to direct where the story will go, and the fruition of all the hard work you put into it, it is simply priceless.”
Cesar started working on the movie in November and had been working non-stop everyday. “When I don’t have taping for TV5, you will find me shooting and editing for Turning Cradle, he said.
Joining Cesar in the big-budgetted movie are Nonie Buencamino, Tirso Cruz III, Gina Pareno, Spanky Manikan, Gloria Romero, Alessandra De Rossi, Marc Abaya, Alwyn Uytingco, Alvin Anson, Ara Mina, Jackielou Blanco, Richard Quan, Rommel Montano, Jeffrey Tam, Raquel Pareno, Migs Cuaderno and Isabel Granada.