Flotsam The Movie Press Launch

Saturday, October 17, 2015

     What if you're in 1 surf town, seeing 8 love stories, and have heard 10 original song? Then you're in FLOTSAM! Last September 30, I was invited to the press launch of this unique movie starring Solenn Heussaff and Rocco Nacino. The launch was held at 12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub, Century City Mall. 

     I'm sure by now you have no idea about FLOTSAM. Well, this movie is inspired from the lifestyle of surfers here in our country. “Flotsam is the first film I shot and directed myself. It was one of those materials that I wanted to hold really close to my chest and be hands-on from writing to shooting all the way to the very end. I wanted to hold the camera all the time, even all the handheld, even the water scenes, I wanted to shoot everything. It was the only way I knew how,” narrates the director-Jay Abello IV on his personal blog. Are you intrigued with this movie that will be showing in theaters two weeks from now? Scroll down to see the characters, no teasers promise :)
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     With charm, wit, and clever twists, not to mention a terrific pair of leads, Flotsam is this year’s maindie love anthology—8 (interweaving) love stories, offering something relatable for everyone.

     A film named after a quaint artist beach hotel in San Juan, La Union, the story unfolds when a work-obsessed overachiever Kai (Solenn Heussaff) arrives in an Elysian Surf Town to run away from a volatile relationship. Kai hides at Flotsam where she meets Tisoy (Rocco Nacino), a very mysterious local bartender who became her summer fling and perfect antidote to restiveness. It contains about a dozen more characters who are in love – that’s however an approximate figure because some of them fall out of love while others double up or change partners. Each interleaving with the other in a grid of foreshadowing and disquiet.
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One of the lead stars, Solenn plays Kai in the movie
     The poetic keynote to the film comes from one of the child actors’ examination about that ‘goddamn love’ the adults are talking about, to which Tisoy explained, “Ang love, walang libro diyan… Kailangan subukan.”
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     With Flotsam, filmmaker and writer Jay Abello establishes himself as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors around. His new film contains sweeping visual style, while the dialogues deliver a jolt to your consciousness. While most of its mainstream counterparts would go for just gloss and shine, Abello gunned for simple and heartwarming attack.

     Right from the opening credits, Flotsam endears itself with scenic views of La Union – the northern sun, beach, waves, magnificent falls, and of course, chicks in bikinis! The intrepid traveler cum film buffs are granted much more to explore.
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Carla can sing!
     The film also gathers around live music, originally written for the film by Eraserheads guitarist, Surfernando Marcus Adoro, and Flotsam Folk Yeah! Family Band, Mia Sebastian & Kiddo Cosio. The songs were not only sung live, but also recorded real-time in true jamming sessions to reflect the real musicality of the place.
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Julia Quisumbing
     The cast also lends their musical talents to further complement the funksexy deephouse and alternative music of the film. During the press launch, the characters sang one of the 
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The cast of characters singing 'La Union'
     The actors, the soundtrack, and the location have proven to be pretty potent. The product is a love story as real as it gets. Showing this November 4 in cinemas nationwide.

Check out the teaser trailer here:
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