• Patay na Si Hesus in theatres nationwide


      LIFE is a journey along a winding road paved with a crazy mix of pain and euphoria. In this trip, we will have our hearts broken, mourn the death of a loved one, and somewhere along the journey laugh so hard our stomachs would ache. This entire trip won't be fun and thrilling without our family beside us who will make this ride more meaningful amid life's sharp twists and turns.


      T-Rex Productions, spearheaded by Moira Lang and Bianca Balbuena, is presenting this reality while showcasing the uniqueness of Cebuano culture in theaters nationwide through the comedy road movie Patay Na Si Hesus (Jesus is Dead).

      Directed by Cebuano filmmaker Victor Villanueva, the film revolves around the story of a quirky family-- the matriarch Iyay (portrayed by 69th Cannes Film Festival Best Actress awardee Jaclyn Jose) and her children Hubert, a Down Syndrome-disabled son (Vincent Viado), lovesick trans man Jude (Chai Fonacier) and another son named Jay (Melde MontaŮez) who's living the bum life, and their dog Judas-- who hit the road to travel all the way from Cebu to Dumaguete upon learning about the demise of their estranged father.


      The movie was filmed for 14 days, documenting the duration of the family's journey to Dumaguete City from start to finish on board a tangerine-colored "extra-mini minivan." Unexpectedly, one detour comes after another to confront each family member's character and strength of heart. As they draw near their destination, the family is tied closer together through the challenges and secrets they uncover along the trip.

      All the while, Patay Na Si Hesus also captures the image of a no-frills life at the heart of Cebu City with its bustling streets, warm hearted people, and its well-loved local music which depicts the sentiments of a quintessential true-blue Cebuano.

      The film also confronts familial issues that are often discussed in hushed tones like the challenges of solo parenting, acceptance of transgenders into the family, effects of extramarital affairs to children, and the internal conflict of living up to society's established norms.

      Patay Na Si Hesus is the first-ever Cebuano film to be distributed commercially in cinemas nationwide to introduce deadpan comedy to Filipinos whose palettes have been used to the old and tired alternative comedy. As Villanueva puts it, the film aims to break the mold of typical comedy films begging for laughs through exaggerated language but instead poke the viewers' funny bone with their actors' natural antics without making comic expressions. On the other hand, through Patay Na Si Hesus, the producers of the film are out to prove that humor is universal regardless of the language through which it is conveyed.

      Originally, Patay Na Si Hesus was made as an official entry to the QCinema International Film Festival 2016 where it bagged the Audience Award and the Gender Sensitivity Award.

      It is also one of the 12 official entries to the first-ever Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino that will be shown at 790 cinemas nationwide from Aug. 16 to 22.

      To watch the movie's full trailer, Like Patay Na si Hesus-Movie on Facebook. (Dominic Yasay)
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