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Cinematheque hosts Q&A with filmmaker Nestor Abrogena


Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa (The Story About Us That Never Was), a film made by Nestor Abrogena that screened as part of the 2015 World Premieres Film Festival, makes its Cinematheque Centre Manila premiere this second week of the ASEAN Film Awareness Month. Abrogena’s first full-length feature as a director, Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa was nominated the Filipino New Cinema Award for Best Picture, and won Best Sound for its exemplary audio engineering and original soundtrack.


In the film, two lovers, Sam and Isa, go about their daily commute as their relationship’s eventual demise looms over the horizon. Young filmmaker Sam has earned a fellowship for studies abroad, whilst aspiring writer Isa is set to fly to the US after graduation–their teacher-student relationship still remaining at the crux of their experiences together. Based on his own life stories as well as inspired by the lives of the people around him, Abrogena brings a bittersweet romance to the screen, breathing new life into a familiar tale.


Having worked many years in the industry, Nestor Abrogena is adept in many aspects of film production, specializing in art direction and production design in commercials and films, such as Raya Martin’s Independencia (2009), Joseph Laban’s Cuchera (2011), and Wincy Aquino Ong’s San Lazaro. He has also delved into producing, having worked on MNL 143 by Emerson Reyes, which earned several Gawad Urian nominations. In addition to being a filmmaker, Abrogena is a full-time instructor at the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde’s Multimedia Arts Program, as well as managing partner to media studio Monoxide Works, and producer-director with production company Dogtown Manila. Having graduated from the University of the Philippines Film Institute, he also currently takes his Master’s Degree in the same institution, the pursuit of which has led him to the creation of his directorial debut.


Abrogena wanted to make an honest, character-driven film, trying to veer away from formulaic rom-com material. In his Interaksyon.com interview about Ang Kwento, he recounts that “In my film, there was a basic instinct to stay real, raw and honest as much as possible. Flaw is a motif. I’d rather call it as a film that represents stories and experiences that everyone by any chance can relate to.”


Nestor Abrogena will be present at the screening of Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa on March 11, 2016 (Friday) at 5:00pm. The Q&A session with the director will be held afterwards. Films screened during the ASEAN Film Awareness month are free-of-charge.


Film Development Council of the Philippines