At the media conference for Lagaslas on February 6, new director Christopher Novabos voiced his opinion on the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board’s (MTRCB) initiative about responsible viewing.
Novabos urged MTRCB to allow artists to express their art.
“Ako naman, in my part, with due respect to the MTRCB, sa akin kasi as an artist or baguhan na director, malaya ako na ipapahayag ko or ikukwento ko ‘yung gusto kong ipakita sa tao, sa digital. So I think for me, na wag na sanang makielam ‘yung MTRCB when it comes to the digital platform.”
Earlier, COO and president of Viva Films, Vincent del Rosario, discussed Viva’s stand regarding MTRCB’s advocacy for responsible viewing.
“Siyempre, napro-promote, nagkakaroon ng presscon, siyempre like si, halimbawa si Lee Byung-hun, hindi naman siya magpro-promote ng movie niya sa Vivamax. So I think ‘yun eh. We’ve been working closely with our friends, MTRCB.
“Very cooperative sa responsableng panonood, di ba? It’s a campaign of the Chairman, so we’re okay. I think Viva Prime addresses some of these concerns. ‘Yung parental controls within the app, malinaw ‘yun. Si Direk Paul is coming up with an advocacy–on ‘yun, responsible viewing.”
As for his first film, Novabos highlighted Lagaslas‘ appeal to Pinoy viewers.
“The story of Lagaslas is very Pinoy, very masa, totoo ‘yung emotion na ipinapakita noong magnanay, sila Edmar and Loleng, very Pinoy, si Mang Inocensio, very intriguing ‘yung mga eksena, ampon, pero may relasyon. So I think na– alam ko na tatangkilikin itong pelikula. Tsaka ‘yung dynamics kasi, talagang totoong totoo.”
As for Lagaslas, the film stars Manang Medina and VR Reloso with seasoned actors Julio Diaz, Rubi Rubi, and Arnold Reyes.
Directed by Novabos, Lagaslas streams via Vivamax on February 17.