On Monday, February 22, the digital press conference for the upcoming Viva Films offering Tililing was held via Zoom wherein the film’s director and screenwriter Darryl Yap discussed the controversies surrounding the film and how he handles it.
It could be recalled that the film garnered criticism after the release of its official poster last February 8, with actress Liza Soberano calling out the people behind the film for making it appear that mental health was a joke.
Yap said he looks at the critiques surrounding the film as a blessing, reiterating the old saying “Good or bad publicity is still publicity.”
“I see it as a blessing and how do you handle blessings? You just share them. So, I share every blessing that I get,” he told the press. “Every item that’s being thrown, especially with Tililing, good or bad, I share them on my page.
“Maybe, the controversy is, sometimes, usually comes from me but most of the time from the people,” he added.
A member of the press, then, asked Yap about his mission through his craft, since he has reached a place in the industry as a known filmmaker.
He began answering by recalling the lessons he picked up from the books written by renowned screenwriter Ricky Lee and from the movies made by the directors he idolized like Erik Matti and Jose Javier Reyes.
“Bagamat hindi ako tumatahak sa landas na kanilang pinupuntahan, ako po ay sumusubok gumawa ng mga pelikulang mas malapit sa katotohanan para sa aking mga ka-edad,” he explained. “Kung tatanungin po ako kung ano ang misyon ko, ’yon po ay ’yong ilagay ang mga manunuod sa mga posisyong alanganin ang kanilang mga pakiramdam.”
Aiming to put moviegoers “in their inconvenience” through his films, one way of him doing that is finding great artists. Yap recalled that, upon signing with Viva, he had always asked the executives if he could work alongside actors who could help him give life to whatever story or script he had to offer.
“Ako po, simula noong nagtrabaho ako sa Viva, ang aking hinihingi ay makatrabaho ang mga artistang kayang maging instrumento sa kung anumang script o kwento na meron ako,” he said.
Yap described his films as “new” with themes that have never been discussed in the movie medium while taking a swipe at people in the industry who promise something new in their works but showcase something that he believes are not “new enough.”
“I always want to say that my films are new because people in the industry always promise something new, but then, not to be very mayabang but, I guess, their new is not new enough,” he said.
“So, I keep on saying that these films, kaya sila maingay, kaya sila kontrobersyal, siguro dahil bago, siguro dahil hindi pa natatalakay, at siguro dahil masyadong magaspang at malakas ang dating,” he went on. “’Yon po ang vision ko, ang maging normal sa ating kultura na talakayin ang katotohanan maging sa pinilakang tabing.”
Tililing, which stars Gina Pareño, Baron Geisler, Chad Kinis, Candy Pangilinan, Donnalyn Bartolome, and Yumi Lacsamana, will be simultaneously shown on selected cinemas and on the digital-streaming platform Vivamax this March 5.
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