In her generation, Assunta De Rossi is considered as one of the finest actresses in Philippine Cinema. She bagged the elusive Urian Best Actress for her landmark film “Hubog” (2001) by master director Joel Lamangan.
She had other acting nominations as Best Actress for FAMAS Awards for the same film, and still in Urian Awards for Auraeus Solitos’ “Baybayin” (2012).
On March 22, Assunta is back to her “lead actress status” on film via Gitana Film Productions’ initial offering —“HIGANTI” (Revenge), an explosive action-drama film that tells about how a strong and loving woman fight to get back everything that was stolen from her.
After 16 years since Assunta was launched in “Hubog”, she’s reunited on the big screen with her same leading man, Jay Manalo, in “Higanti”, directed by Rommel Ricafort.
Manalo, likewise an award-winning actor, has an Urian Best Actor trophy for Erik Matti’s “Prosti” (2002) and a FAMAS Best Actor plum for Francis Posadas’ “Bayaran” (2003).
He also won as Best Supporting Actor for Joel Lamangan’s “Aishite Imasu (Mahal Kita) 1941” (2004) from Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), and had numerous acting nominations in various local award giving bodies.
With the logline “Lintik lang ang walang higanti!”, the movie tells how a wealthy family crumbled because of greed and selfishness.
Others in the cast are Meg Imperial, Katrina Halili, Jon Lucas (member of ABS-CBN’s Hashtags), Kiko Matos, DJ Durano, Alwyn Uytingco, and more.
The screenplay is a collaboration of Rommel Ricafort, Susan Lara, Mario Mendez, Jr., Bimbo Papasin, and Esmeralda Cortez, with Shine Deauna-Ricafort as production manager, and Maria Teresa Cancio as executive producer.
The film was screened last January 21, 2017 in Aeon Chaya Cinema, Nagoya Japan and last February 5 in Nagoya International Center, Japan. Other international screenings will include some countries in the United Arab Emirates on last week of April this year.
“Higanti” opens March 22 (Wednesday) in Philippine cinemas from Gitana Film Productions.