Back in making independent films after his first mainstream movie, Love is Blind from Regal Entertainment, Jason Paul Laxamana has finished filming his Cinemalaya entry for this year titled, “Mercury is Mine.”
A middle-aged cook, Carmen (Pokwang) is about to close down her failing eatery at the foot of the mountain when a mysterious white American teenager named Mercury (Jackson) appears and begs for work in exchange of nothing but shelter. The eatery starts to attract more customers, especially after the spread of rumors about a hidden treasure in the mountain. As different people try to offer Mercury better opportunities, the woman struggles to keep the white boy all to herself.
We mostly see Pokwang do over-the-top comedies in movies and in TV series while Bret Jackson has yet to come out of his matinee idol image in both film and TV. This is the first independent film festival entry for both Pokwang and Bret and first independent film for Bret but not for Pokwang since she has done ‘A Mother’s Story’ and ‘Edsa Woolworth,’ both produced by The Filipino Channel (TFC) and was distributed by Star Cinema.
Jason Paul Laxamana’s first Cinemalaya entry back in 2013 was Babagwa. It made noise for its intriguing story and making Joey Paras, which gave him a best supporting award at the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Alex Medina show their underrated talents. The film also went to several international film festivals and got nominated at Hawaii International Film Festival for Narrative Feature and in competition at the Warsaw International Film Festival.
But he’s most awarded film is 2014’s Magkakabaung which starred Allen Dizon as a single father who accidentally killed his daughter. The film won Allen Dizon his Best Actor Award in FAMAS, Gawad Urian, Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave, and in international film festivals such as Harlem International Film Festival and Hanoi International Film Festival, which also won Best Film.
The mysteries of Mercury is Mine will be unveiled when it opens in select cinemas from August 5 – 14 as an official entry to Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.