Director Phil Giordano shares how Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Amo’ inspired his film ‘Pusoy’

From doing local and international commercials, filmmaker Phil Giordano finally directs his first full feature film ‘Pusoy.’

Phil Giordano is a writer and director originally from New York that is based in Manila, Philippines. He received his Master’s Degree in film from the prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He is a recipient of the Golden Globes’ 2017 Hollywood Foreign Press Award. His short film, SUPOT had its World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and gained international acclaim, winning more than 10 international awards and playing all over the globe. His screenplay for SUPOT was the Grand Prize winner at the New York Screenplay Competition and he was featured in many international publications. He is also an award winning commercial director and has created campaigns for KFC, Johnson & Johnson, Porsche, Universal Music, VICE and many others. Pusoy, which he wrote and directed, produced by Brillante Mendoza, is his first ever feature film.

During the bloggers’ conference with writer and director Phil Giordano, he was asked what was the inspiration of the characters and the story of his upcoming movie ‘Pusoy.’

“We did research, we did some immersive research. But the film is inspired by a scene I saw in Amo, Brillante Mendoza’s film. It’s not based of an actual event that happened, it’s inspired by real things and real people but not from one specific story. It’s inspired by the world of gambling,” director Phil Giordano shares.

Watch our interview below:

PUSOY is a film about betrayal. About the cheapness of loyalty. Who you choose to trust can lead to your rise or downfall…and how this is always shifting and changing – loyalty is never stoic.

The film stars Baron Geisler, Janelle Tee, Vince Rillon, Angeli Khang, Felix Roco, Jela Cuenca, Julio Diaz, Raqel Monteza, Kiko Matos, Kacq Yu, Madeline Red, and Greg Hawkins. Produced by Brillante Mendoza, written and directed by Phil Giordano.

‘Pusoy’ streams on VIVAMAX starting May 27, 2022.

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