Ato Bautista's
MGA ALAALA NG TAG-ULAN

An Official Entry to the first Cinefilipino Film Festival

Cast: Akihiro Blanco, Mocha Uson, Mon Confiado, Lance Raymundo II, Issa Litton, Ria Garcia, Pio Balbuena

Showing on September 18-24 at Newport Cinemas of Resorts World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall and Gateway Cineplex. Festival entries will also be shown at Shangri-la Cineplex on Sept. 21-22 weekend.

a Black Swan Pictures and a Bautista/Praico/Confiado production

Director: Ato Bautista
Screenplay: Shugo Praico
Cinematographer: Rain Yamson II
Editor: Benjamin Tolentino
Production Designer: Marxie Maolen Fadul
Musical Score: Denise Santos
Theme Music: Holland Lou Buela
Costume Designer: Andrea Tatad
Assistant Director: Apreal Vicencio
Art Director: Rafaella Las

Synopsis:

MGA ALAALA NG TAG-ULAN (Memories of Rain) is a poignant, coming-of-age story about a young man's first encounter with love, romance and heartbreak. It is told in bits and pieces of poetic and melancholic memories, pouring in one rainy night.

SANTI is a college freshman. His well-to-do family is coping with financial crises. They recently moved in into a small apartment, in a small suburban town. As Santi deals with teen-aged woes, adjustments with his new environment at home and in school, and as he finds escape from his parents' marital conflicts, Santi encounters love-at-first-sight...

MARIE CLAIRE is more than ten years older than Santi. She works as an assistant in a Cafe bookshop. Lost, broken and fragile after a tragic break-up, Marie Claire left the province in search of a new beginning to find her place in this world...

One rainy afternoon, Santi and Marie Claire cross path. She seeks shelter from the heavy rain. He covers and protects her under his big red umbrella. Marie Claire is the most beautiful thing Santi has ever laid eyes on. Santi is the kindest and purest person Marie Claire has ever met.

Strangers finding solace in one another, the young man and older woman begin an amazing friendship. But as Santi gets closer to Marie Claire, the more she becomes a mystery to him. And the more he gets mystified, the more he falls in love with her.

In his pursuit of Marie Claire, Santi goes through a journey of finding the meaning of love, understanding its complexities, fighting for it, facing its challenges and accepting the pains and sufferings that it entails, transforming him, earning for him his passage to adulthood.

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