Filipino filmmakers showcase their artistic and cinematic works via Cinemalaya. This year, one of Cinemalaya’s much-anticipated entries is 'Ang Katiwala' topbilled by award-winning Kapuso actor Dennis Trillo.
In the story, Dennis portrays the role of Ruben who loses his job as a carpenter in a small town in Zambales. Desperate to sustain their living, he accepts a job as a caretaker of an abandoned property in Quezon City.
He finds out that the previous owner of the house is an important figure in the country’s history. He starts reading up to get to know more about the life of this person, his accomplishments and what he has done for the people.
His fascination about the person’s life and his inevitable hero-worship irks the only friend he has in the sprawling compound, the night-shift security guard, Gimo, who jokes that Ruben is slowly being possessed by the soul of his new hero. As the film unfolds, more strange things begin to unravel as Ruben probes deeper and deeper into the life of the house's mysterious owner.
According to Dennis, being part of this project is one of the highlights of his showbiz career. “Alam mo napakagandang experience nito sa akin bilang aktor. Parang mas lalo pa akong natuto sa aking craft. Panigurado, hindi ito ang huling pelikulang gagawin ko for Cinemalaya. Saka, hinahangaan ko si Direk Aloy for working very hard for this project. I hope marami pang pelikulang ganito na magawa sa Philippine Movie Industry.” Dennis shares.
It is not the first time that Director Aloy Adlawan had the chance to work with Dennis, in fact they have worked together for GMA’s afternoon program Magdusa Ka in 2008.
Direk Aloy expresses his happiness that Dennis accepted the project. “Alam niyo when I was writing the script for Ang Katiwala, nasa isip ko na talaga si Dennis na gumanap sa role ni Ruben because he has proven to be one of the best actors of his generation. I’m glad na tinanggap at ginampanan niya ng mabuti ang proyekto.”