Untrue, a psycho-drama-thriller two Filipinos happen to meet by chance in Tbilisi, Georgia

Untrue, a psycho-drama-thriller co-produced by Viva Films and The IdeaFirst Company, at Cinema 5 of Gateway Mall Quezon City. In Untrue, Cristine Reyes and Xian Lim portray two lonely Filipinos living in the country of Georgia. They find solace and companionship in each other, until the strange apparition of a woman begins to haunt their relationship. A bruised and beaten wife named Mara (Cristine Reyes) seeks the help of Georgian police against her husband Joachim (Xian Lim). In this He-she said film, truths, lies and the dark past will be uncovered.

In “Untrue,” two Filipinos happen to meet by chance in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mara Villanueva, 35, just arrived three months ago, and is now working as kitchen staff in a resto-bar. Joachim Castro, also 35, had been living in Georgia for five years now, and is an investor in a vineyard for grapes used for wine. After a whirlwind 3-month courtship, they tied the knot in Sighnaghi, Georgia’s “city of love.” One night, Mara, with her face swollen black and blue, shows up at the local police station, looking for her missing husband. It is an assurance, a sense of security that he will accept her no matter how troubled her past is. Mara smiles back as if expressing she is willing to do the same. As the truth gradually comes out, will the two be able to hold on to their promise? For the first time, in celebration of Philippine Cinema’s 100th year, QCinema Film Festival opened with a Filipino film Untrue, written and directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo. The film is her follow-up after the blockbuster movie, Kita Kita, in 2017. A maze full of surprising twists and turns, Untrue journeys into the story of Mara Villanueva (Cristine Reyes) and Joachim Castro (Xian Lim), two Filipinos who meet by chance in the cobblestoned town of Tbilisi, Georgia. At the premiere night, Untrue director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo introduced her movie, which was shot more than 90 percent in the Republic of Georgia, a country located at the intersections of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Direk Sigrid was joined at the invitation-only event by her female lead star, Cristine Reyes, and production staff. Suspense builds up the moment a badly battered Filipino migrant worker named Mara (Cristine Reyes) appears at the Georgian police station to report the abuses she has suffered from her “lunatic” husband Joachim (Xian Lim).

The film opens with a beaten-up Mara at a local police station, her crimson red hair disheveled and her face swollen with bleeding wounds. She’s searching for her “lunatic” husband, Joachim. Weak and scared, she tells her story. Mara arrived in Georgia three months ago when she meets Joachim, a vineyard investor who has been living in the country for five years. The two bump into each other one morning, which causes Joachim to drop and break one of the wine bottles he is carrying. They officially meet at his friend’s restaurant, where Mara works as a kitchen staff. The story turns even more intriguing when it’s told from Joachim’s point of view, and he accuses his wife to be a “lunatic” abuser. More mystery unfolds with the introduction of a new character, Ana (Rhen Escano), who ties the fragmented tale of half-truths and outright lies to ultimately reveal a dark and painful past. Direk Sigrid masterfully crafts a cinematic gem that holds the attention and captivates the imagination. She also succeeds in making her actors Cristine, Xian, and Rhen to commit to their characters and the movie in general. Cast of the movie are Cristine Reyes, Xian Lim, Kim Chiu, George Lasha and Yen Santos. Directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo. Company production by Viva Films and The IdeaFirst Company. Here is the movie trailer.

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