'Mina-Anud' Star Dennis Trillo On Why The Film Is A Must-See
The behind-the-scenes stories the actor shared make us want to watch this film more
The war on drug in the Philippines is a topic that has inspired recent films like Kamandag ng Droga by Carlo J. Caparas (2017), BuyBust by Erik Matti (2018), and KontrAdiksyon by Njel de Mesa (2019). Today, August 21, movie enthusiasts nationwide will see another film that follows the same theme, but with a different approach this time.
“Parang first time dito sa Philippines na magkaroon ng black comedy with a theme na ganito: drug-related pero kahit heavy 'yung theme, 'yung treatment naman is light,” Dennis Trillo, who stars in the new film Mina-Anud alongside Jerald Napoles and Matteo Guidicelli, tells Metro.Style. “Nandoon 'yung balance and mas mayroong nakakatawang scenes and most importantly, mayroon siyang lesson in the end. Kapag na-involve ka sa illegal activities, hindi p'wedeng walang kapalit. Babalik at babalik sa iyo 'yung ginawa mo.”
The actor plays the role of Ding in Mina-Anud that will take the viewers to an incident in 2009, when tons of cocaine were seen on the shores of Eastern Samar. He is a local surfer who later got into illegal activities to provide for his family and improve their quality of life.
The production process was nothing short of fun. “Relaxed at chill lang na vibe sa set so walang stress,” Dennis shares. “'Yung attitude namin doon, parang lahat nag-sync lang and naging productive kaming lahat.”
When asked about the most challenging thing he did during filming, he quickly pointed out the moments he had to ride the motorcycle with his co-actor Jerald. “Hindi talaga ako sanay mag-motor. Feeling ko, hindi ako safe sa motor eh. Maraming eksena doon na naka-motor ako tapos may angkas pa,” he recalls. “Nu'ng una, talagang kinakabahan ako kasi may responsibilidad ako sa likod ko at kailangang ingatan, pero sa dami ng eksenang ginawa kong ganu'n and sa haba ng na-travel namin, nasanay na rin ako.”
In whatever you do, Dennis stresses, it’s really just a matter of enjoying the whole experience and picking up lessons along the way. “Alam ko naman na dati na mas magiging masaya at effective kapag nag-e-enjoy ka sa trabaho. Dito ko siya mas napatunayan,” declares Dennis. “Every shooting date, talagang nag-e-enjoy lang kami so feeling ko mas naging productive rin ako. Ito 'yung pelikula na in-enjoy ko lang 100%, all throughout, from pre-prod, post-prod, and habang ginagawa namin.”
Mina-Anud is one of the projects he has always wished and hoped for. "When I got the call and I saw the plot and script, sabi ko, ‘Ito na 'yun,’" Dennis says, thrilled by the opportunity to finally work on a black comedy piece.
Why is Cebuano filmmaker Kerwin Go's Mina-Anud a must-see? Dennis believes the film helps spread awareness about the topic of war on drugs and how it impacts people's lives. But aside from the message it wishes to convey, there was also that conscious effort to offset the gravity of the topic by executing the scenes with the right amount and tone of humor.
Mina-Anud is the closing film at 2019 Cinemalaya, and will open in theaters nationwide on August 21.
Photographs by Brooke Villanueva