After two years of leaving showbiz, multi-awarded actor John Lloyd Cruz makes a comeback via the teaser trailer of the Ricky Lee-written historical drama movie Culion.
The film, written by Ricky Lee, produced by Mark Shandii Bacolod for iOptions Ventures, cinematography by Neil Daza and directed by Alvin Yapan is a dream collaboration for the people in the industry.
It stars Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Meryll Soriano, Joem Bascon, Mike Liwag and more.
Here’s the synopsis of Culion:
This is as much the story of three women as it is the story of Culion.
In the 1940s, Anna, Doris, and Ditas are three patients afflicted with Hansen’s Disease (or widely known as leprosy) who live in Culion at a time when the disease is practically a life sentence. No cure has yet been found, and no one is allowed to leave.
You live and die there. It is why the place is called the Land of the Living Dead.
Anna (Iza Calzado) never loses hope that soon a cure will be found, even when her baby is taken away from her. Doris (Jasmine Curtis-Smith) believes in the myth that a beautiful diwata will soon heal the place. Ditas (Meryll Soriano) keeps attempting to kill herself, helpless against the onslaught of memories from the outside world.
Together the three friends try to negotiate a life of stigma that seesaws between hope and despair, redefining their roles as women, mother, friend, and human being. In the end they prove that neither disease nor death can erase their humanity and their capacity to endure.
Apart from the teaser trailer, campaign posters were also launched. Check out the posters below:
‘Culion’ is sumbitted to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019.