‘Patay na si Hesus’ goes to America

THE 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino sleeper hit “Patay na si Hesus” still gets requests for screenings, and will finally have a theatrical screening at select cinemas in the US and Canada, mostly near where most Filipinos are—giving them a chance to finally see the film.

“Patay na si Hesus” starts screening in the US on April 6 and in Canada on April 13.

This all happened when ABS-CBN International screened the film in San Francisco and noticed the positive reception from the audience. The audience laughed out loud and generally loved the film.

Language, it seemed, was not a barrier. “Patay na si Hesus” is primarily in Cebuano but it worked in its favor because a lot of TFC (The Filipino Channel, which is owned by ABS-CBN) subscribers are Visayans and speak Bisaya.

Director Victor Villanueva, a Cebuano, is thrilled and excited to share his film to the international community, particularly Filipinos in the US and Canada.

“It’s best that the movie will be viewed in a cinema with a lot of people,” said Villanueva. “Nothing beats the laughs and feels together with your other kababayans.”

This is the first Cebuano film to have a theatrical release outside the Philippines.

“It’s kind of surreal. We thought that the humor would be very limiting because of the language, but we are surprised that wasn’t a factor at all. Even in our Frameline International Film Festival screening last year, where it was mostly an American audience, it was still very well received,” said Villanueva.

The film also won honorable mention in the Seattle Film Festival.

“When they watch the film, I’m sure they’ll miss home somehow. But I also want to remind them how beautiful home is especially dire sa Sugbo (especially here in Cebu). No matter where you are, Cebu will always be waiting for you.”

“Hala! Naabot na gyud ang Multicab ni Iyay sa gawas (Wow! Iyay’s Multicab will finally reach foreign soil),” joked writer Fatrick Tabada. “With the US screenings of ‘Patay na si Hesus,’ we hope there will be more regional films that will not just have national but international release as well. After all, cinema, just like laughter, is a universal language.” (PR)