A Relationship Between Bayaw’s
Monti Parungao, the director behind the hit digital film, SAGWAN returns with his next film, BAYAW. Direk Monti describes BAYAW as a movie that combines action, mystery suspense with the gay genre. The film top bills new indie movie king and GAWAD Urian nominee, Paolo Rivero together with comebacking actor, Janvier Daily. It is one of the movies that have been shortlisted by the screening board to compete in the prestigious Cinemalaya NETPAC World Cinema competition to be judged by a panel of jurors from across the region. The Cinemalaya NETPAC World Cinema competition is a distinct category formed by CCP to cater to independent producers who will premiere their films during the festival. This is a separate category and competition from the films that were granted funding by the Cinemalaya organization.
BAYAW is a story about the bond between two brother-in-laws. Nilo Vergara (Paolo Rivero) is a policeman who lives an ordinary life with his wife, Pia Jacinto (played by Kaye Alipio, Philippine Survivor castaway). Their lives take an unfortunate turn when Nilo looses his badge to a frame up and is forced to depend on Pia for his livelihood. Pia becomes burdened and esentful of the responsibility of taking care of his husband and her drifter young brother, Rhennan (Janvier Daily). One day, Rhennan witnesses Nilo accidentally killing Pia after a heated argument. Both in-laws decide to run from the law and become fugitives. As the story progresses, the real events behind the death of Pia is slowly revealed through flashbacks and shifts in character point-of-views.
Visually edgy and groundbreaking, BAYAW is ultimately a deep look into the unique and complex relationship of two brother-in-laws that borders between family ties, brotherhood, camaraderie and love.
BAYAW also introduces new indie actor, Andrew Miguel, a Laurice Guillen Special Acting Workshop participant and star of the recent controversial straight-to- video release, FRESH MAN. Andrew plays character, Erick Cana, the mysterious figure who saves the two brother-in-laws in the most unlikely times. His devious and sometimes, mischievous intentions complicate the lives of the two lead actors but his connection to Nilo and Rhennan is finally revealed at the end of the movie.