Love, Beer and Music in “I’m Drunk, I Love You”

Starring Paulo Avelino and Maja Salvador stars in the upcoming, not your usual love story from the people behind Henral Luna, I’m Drunk, I Love You. The film tackles the hilariously painful side of falling hopelessly in love of two individuals who has been best of friends for seven years.

Helmed by JP Habac in his first full-length directorial debut with a screenplay co-written with Giancarlo Abrahan, the film tells the story of two college best friends who go on the last road trip where they settle how they really feel for each other.

The director is quick to stress that the film is not the whimsical romance usually played out on the big screen. Instead, it reflects the experiences of real people.

“I’m Drunk, I Love You.” is a synthesis of stories from people within my social circles who have had the unfortunate chance of being a victim of a one sided love,” he shares.

“It all began with the title. Liquor and feelings combined is a trove of good material because that experience is highly relatable and the misery that goes with it makes the story all the more easy to tell.”

It’s relatability and quirky story that instantly drew Maja into the project.

“Na-excite talaga ako [for this movie]. Unang basa ko pa lang nung script gustong-gusto ko na siyang gawin. Maganda siya! It’s something new and hindi mabo-bore yung mga tao,” Maja said.

“Hindi lang ako yung naka-relate sa character ko. Lahat ng tao makaka-relate sila dito. Dahil [at some point], na-experiencenila yung na-experience nung character ko,” Maja added, describing her role as Carson, a young woman who have been pining for her best friend Dio played by Paulo.

Aside from the story, Paulo also thinks that the audience will easily connect with the film’s nostalgic setting.

“One of the reasons why I wanted to do this [project is because] the story is quite close to my heart. The setting [and being in college], reminded me so much of when I was studying. And the songs featured in the movie [adds to that nostalgic feel],” Paulo shares.

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Music plays an integral part in the movie’s narrative. Featured in the film are songs from some of the country’s top OPM artists such as Juan Miguel Severo, Kai Honasan, Jimmy Bondoc, Parokya ni Edgar, Cynthia Alexander, 3D (Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel, Bullet Dumas), Shirebound and Busking, Out of Body Special and Ang Bandang Shirley.

Both Maja and Paulo also performed coves of songs that will be featured int the movie and the upcoming official soundtrack album. Maja sang her version of Juan Miguel Severo’s “Huling Gabi,” while Paulo performed Shirebound and Busking’s “Lloydy.” The two also recorded duets for “Maniwala Ka Sana” by Parokya ni Edgar and “Hanggang Dito Na Lang” by Jimmy Bondoc.

“I’m Drunk, I Love You.” also stars Dominic Roco and Jasmine Curtis-Smith with special participation of Irma Adlawan, and Jim Paredes. It’s the first film offering of the year from TBA (Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Entertainment, Artikulo Uno Productions), the producers of the critically acclaimed epic “Heneral Luna” and MMFF 2016 Best Picture “Sunday Beauty Queen.”

Opening in time for the love month, TBA and direk JP Habac believe that “I’m Drunk, I Love You.” is a definite must-see.

“Whether you’re single or not, “I’m Drunk, I Love You.” is the perfect Valentine’s movie. It teaches everyone a lesson or two about loving yourself this Valentine’s Day,” the director quips.

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“I’m Drunk, I Love You.” opens in cinemas nationwide on February 15, 2017. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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