March 18 – 29
At Tower City
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Run Time: 111 minutes
Loida is a single, middle-aged mother with very lofty goals. For years she's been working as an extra on soap operas, patiently waiting for her chance to shine. However the path to “making it” is anything but easy. The odds are always stacked against you, especially as you age. Since her non-speaking roles don't pay much, Loida works extra hard to make ends meet. While this means time away from her daughter, her extreme work ethic ensures that they're at least somewhat financially stable. At this point, her desire to succeed is as much driven by her parental responsibilities as her own personal ambitions. In fact, her motherly ways have seeped on set, as she often offers guidance to the younger extras. In a field driven by greed and ego, Loida's kindhearted nature stands out like a sore thumb. Will she ever get her big break, or will the industry break her instead? THE BIT PLAYER is a raw but endearing tale of a woman coming to terms with the reality of her dreams. (In Tagalog with subtitles) —E.F.
Zig Dulay, Antoinette Jadaone, Jeffrey Jeturian
Glenn Ituriaga, Zig Dulay
Vilma Santos, Marlon Rivera, Vincent de Jesus, Ruby Ruiz, Tart Carlo
Jeffrey Jeturian was born in Manila, Philippines and has been in the film industry since the mid-80s. He's worked his way up from wardrobe and crew to writer, producer, and director. In addition to film, he's served as a producer on several Philippine television shows.
"Enter Love" (1998), "Fetch A Pail Of Water" (1999), "Larger Than Life" (2001), "Bridal Shower" (2004), "One Moment More" (2004), "Bikini Open" (2005), "The Bet Collector" (2006)—31st CIFF, "Trespassers" (2011), THE BIT PLAYER (2013)