Coinciding with the celebration of 100 years of Philippine Cinema, Found Films and EMBA Production proudly bring ‘Lola Igna’-one of three arthouse films under the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Sandaan Showcase. While so much of cinema’s history is shaped by the stories beneath the stories, “Lola Igna” aims to connect with the Filipino moviegoers with the important life lessons to learn. The film is headlined by S. Angie Ferro with Yves Flores, Meryll Soriano, and Maria Isabel Lopez.
Lola Igna started filming in August 2018; explored the story from the point of view of a granddaughter and a great-great-grandson and the dynamics of their relationship with their great-great-grandmother. It’s about emotions and coping as one nears the end of life.
Living in a secluded hut in the middle of rice fields, Lola Igna is a 118-year old grumpy old woman who just wants to die already but her neighbors are hung up on winning the World Record for the oldest living grandmother which makes her an instant celebrity. In the middle of all the sudden changes in Lola Igna’s life, she meets Tim, her great-great-grandchild from Ana (Meryll). Tim is an aspiring Vlogger who wants to latch on to her now-famous grandmother.
What are their unresolved issues? What are their regrets and what kind of grievances do they have on one another? How will they help each other move on, live more and love to the fullest? It’s time to find oneself and help others in the process.
Lola Igna is written and directed by Eduardo Roy, Jr. He has done four (4) full films as a finalist of the Cinemalaya Independence Film Festival, namely: Bahay Bata (2011), Quick Change (2013), Pamilya Ordinaryo (2016), and Fuccbols (2019). He has written and directed a RomCom film with Star Cinema—the Last Fool Show (2019).
Leading the pack of multi-talented actors is the iconic character actress, Ms. Angelica “Angie” Caballero Ferro, who started acting in 1969 as a PETA theater actor, where she was one of the pioneer resident actors. Her film and TV credits consist of nearly a hundred, with notable performances on ‘Atsay’ and ‘Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara’. Ms. Angie Ferro is a rare performer who easily moves from theatre to movies to TV and radio.
Lola Igna serves as one inspiration to make films that would define the Philippine film industry as it celebrates its 100th year.