Historical films, which were once considered unexciting, have now crossed over to mainstream pop culture thanks to the unprecedented success of the movie Heneral Luna. The film has sparked a yearning and curiosity among Filipino filmgoers for movies with a similarly rich historical and cultural value. Among the films that have gained renewed attention is the 2014 epic Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo earned the Best Picture plum at last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (as well as this year’s Star Awards and FAMAS) and is considered to be the unofficial kick-off to the historical wave that Heneral Luna started. The film even featured a mid-credit teaser of Heneral Luna during its cinema run.
With the same producers behind both films, movie fans will now have a chance to relive the revolution and see Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo once again with the limited theatrical release of the movie’s Producers’ and International Cut.
Bigger, better, and more action-packed, this particular version contains never-before-seen footage and new content delivered by its lead star Robin Padilla. Featuring English subtitles, the local release for the film will also coincide with a US premiere in New York this coming November 30 in time for the celebration of the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio. Earlier this year, the producers’ cut of Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo was honored with a standing ovation during its European premiere in Barcelona.
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Producers’ Cut is produced by Fernando Ortigas for Tuko Films Productions and Eduardo Rocha for Buchi Boy Films. Distributed by Solar Entertainment, the film opens on Wednesday, November 25 in cinemas in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Manila, SM Fairview, and SM Sta. Mesa.