MANILA, Philippines – Maria, a short film starring Glaiza de Castro and Chynna Ortaleza, was selected to exhibit in the Court Métrage or Short Film Corner of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival this coming May 11 to 22.
In a message to Rappler, ER Alviz, the director, said that he and his cinematographer are set to travel to the film festival together.
He described his film: "The original script of the material is from Allan Lopez, it's originally a theater play adapted into film and it was shown in Cinemalaya and QCinema last year."
Maria follows a young girl (Glaiza de Castro), who has been cloistered in a deeply religious and conservative environment. She struggles how to deal with an unexpected turn of events, and she must decide on her next course of action – fast, before the sun rises – with the help of another woman (Chynna Ortaleza).
In a Facebook post, ER also thanked the team behind the movie for lending their time to the project.
We are very happy to receive the news that MARIA is flying to Festival de Cannes, Court Métrage this coming May 2016!... Posted by ER Alviz on Sunday, March 27, 2016
On Instagram, Glaiza said that she was also excited about the movie making it to Cannes.
So happy to hear that Maria is part of Festival de Cannes, Court Métrage this coming May 2016! Congrats everyone! And thank you @chynsortaleza (alam mo na kung bakit) Fly away Maria A photo posted by (@glaizaredux) on Mar 27, 2016 at 10:34pm PDT
Chynna also wrote on Instagram: "Come May, our film and our wonderful team will be flying to Cannes! To God be the Glory! Passion always prevails." – Rappler.com