Mother Lily: New era in Philippine filmmaking
In cinema, there are trailblazers and there are trailblazers. But Lily Monteverde is unquestionably the empress of trailblazing. Her vision is remarkable — like she can see what will happen in the future even without a crystal ball.
During the last Cinemalaya Festival she was present in all screenings and even brought snacks for her movie companions. She was there obviously to feel the new pulse of moviemaking and felt a strong attachment to the entry Ligo na U, Lapit na Me. She loved the film so much that she is releasing it herself commercially next week.
Below, the beloved Regal matriarch shares her opinions and insights on the now very successful indie filmmaking trend:
• What is your assessment of the state of today’s local cinema?
This is the beginning of a new era in Philippine filmmaking where quality is not always equated to big budget but a good material, good script, good director and good actors. There is a great infusion of young blood and I am very happy with that. Independent cinema is fast gaining ground and I support them and I learn a lot from these young independent filmmakers.