The sexy romantic film “Malamaya,” which stars Sunshine Cruz as a strong-willed visual artist and Enzo Pineda as an aspiring photographer, received a grade of “B” from the Cinema Evaluation Board. The Cinemalaya 2019 film is currently showing in theaters nationwide.
“Malamaya” depicts the challenges of an artist as told through the complicated relationship of Cruz and Pineda’s characters. Produced by Spears Films and ALV Films with Cine Likha Productions, it was one of the entries at the recently concluded 15th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.
In the CEB summation, the reviewers complimented the film for being aesthetically pleasing just like the many art works that are featured in scenes. The board said it is “a visual artist’s film in more ways than one; its strongest points are the production design and cinematography.”
Cruz was very pleased when she heard about this news. In between taping for her regular TV shows and movie promotional guestings, she found time to pose for a souvenir photo at the lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ main theater, holding Cinemalaya’s iconic balloons with eyes.
In the photo, Cruz’s beautiful smile and lovely aura captured what she felt about her Cinemalaya film debut. She thanked “Malamaya” directors Leilani Chavez and Danica Sta. Lucia, the film’s producer Albert Almendralejo and her manager Arnold Vegafria. Cruz also announced the film’s CEB grade invited her friends and followers to watch her film.
Starting August 14, 2019, “Malamaya” will be screened in select cinemas. Among these are Gateway Cineplex, Greenhills, Gaisano Davao, SM Cebu, SM Iloilo, SM Lanang, SM Manila, SM Marikina, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, SM Seaside City Cebu, Glorietta 4, Fairview Terraces, Cloverleaf, Trinoma, Market Market and Robinsons Galleria Ortigas.