Promising child actor Franchesco Maafi leads family drama movie ‘The Special Gift’

From starring in various TV shows like ‘Beautiful Justice,’ ‘Nakarehas na Puso,’ ‘Hearts on Ice’ and ‘Magpakailanman,’ which also gave him the opportunity to work with big local artists, promising child actor Franchesco Maafi is set to star in his biggest project yet, ‘The Special Gift’ movie under RC Gomez Entertainment.

Franchesco Maafi at ‘The Special Gift’ media launch

The Special Gift is about Liam (Maafi), a gifted child, loved by his mother and siblings and admired by his teachers, is longing for the affection of his own father.

Though loved by his mother and two siblings, ten year old Liam often finds it hard to fit in – bullied in school and scolded by his grouchy father. It is his passionate teachers who discover the truth about him. Liam is a gifted child. Quite genius in most school subjects but bored in Math, Liam excels in the visual arts. Forbidding him and his two siblings to get involved in any artistic talents, his father even controls every decision in the family. But a series of family issues culminates when his father discovers that Liam has joined in an art competition. When his father furiously confronts Liam, he defends himself and breaks down. That night, Liam leaves home, nowhere to go. Will they ever find Liam? The revelation of their grandfather about their dad’s past will shock them all.

The film also stars Soliman Cruz, Mike Lloren, Malou Canzana, Migui Moreno, Ella Sheen, BJ Forbes, Romina Cauilan and Angelo Gomez. The film is written and directed by Lawrence Roxas. Hailed from Mindoro Oriental, Direk Lawrence began his journey in the movie industry as a movie talent from 1993 to 1995 at ABS-CBN and GMA 7. In 1996, he was a talent coordinator and art department staff at Television and Production Exponents. From 1997 to 1999, he was a regular script writer in Carlo J. Caparaz’s television show Ang Pangarap Kong Jackpot under Golden Lion Productions. Venturing into theater productions in 1999, he became a free-lance stage director doing musical and straight plays. As a playwright and artistic director of Dramatis Personae and Stephanus Arts Theater, he was a musical composer as well. In 2000, he became a voice talent dubbing tagalized versions of Koreanovela, HBO movies and animation shows.

The cast, director and producer of ‘The Special Gift’

The film is produced by RC Gomez Entertainment Productions, before pandemic, friends and brothers-in-Christ, Roy Gomez and Lawrence Roxas, both film enthusiasts, envisioned making inspirational movies. They attempted to start producing a movie about true-to-life heroism of teachers in the barrios. After a period of pre-production, they already planned to shoot the film in Mindoro. But the lockdown was implemented and the movie’s principal photography was cancelled. Since the pandemic restrictions have eased up this year, they revisited their vision and pushed through with their initial plan. Thus, the RCGOMEZ ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTIONS was born. The Special Gift is the maiden film offering of RCGEP.

‘The Special Gift’ will be having its advance screening on Sept 9, 2023 at The Block Sm North EDSA and will have its theatrical release soon in cinemas.

Meet the cast of The Special Gift on our video coverage below:

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